Originally Posted by Snipe3000
Would a 1.0 gain Gray screen work with those? or would there be issues with black levels?
I don’t have enough experience or knowledge to comment on screens.
I am trying the DIY approach and I know that I will probably exceed the cost of a good screen. Actually, if I had a personal reference for the various gain levels and contrast output then I could decide if I should simply buy a screen.
I have been reading the DIY Screen forums. Yesterday, I went to Lowes where I bought five sheets of whiteboard. I hope (but again I really don’t know what I’m doing) to get at least 4 screens (two 55 inch and two 80 inch screens) from two boards.
Before buying the whiteboard I bought: blackout cloth, various fabrics, a 4x8 plastic insulator board, 3x4 dry erase boards, and a 2.5x3 piece of clear plastic. I bought these items to make a screen. I did not complete any of those projects (and because I have learned of the difficulty in cutting the whiteboard I will probably add another failed screen attempt).
The reason I have pursued the DIY approach is because I can not relate to spending a large amount for a screen if I will not give a great improvement over my white walls.
What keeps me trying is that when I sprayed Rustoleum metallic paint on the large plastic (36 x 30 inches) sheet the results absolutely amazed me. On the Epson HC 720, the color saturation and balance increased dramatically. They simply popped. And the blacks were dramatically darker. The test was in my family room with white walls at night because I have extremely limited light control. It was a 120 inch image on the white wall. I placed the plastic that I had spray painted in the center of the display. I was wowed!
The experience showed that the LCD could give me a dramatic image. The size of the plastic was too small. And the paint job was poor. I had two distinct zones: shiny and dull. The shiny was obviously higher than a 1.0 gain but the dull was the region that impressed me because of the “Wow” factor.
I tried the painted plastic sheet with the HW300T and the colors and black had the same wow factor. However, color saturation on the LED is already high so I don’t know what the results would be if I complete a screen.
Actually, I was watching some animation and the colors changed drastically on my white wall. I never noticed the changes before but they were there on the computer monitor. So that confirmed that it was the source and not the projector.
At the Fry’s sale price, I took a gamble and felt that the compromises were worth the gamble. For me, I was literally raced back to more projectors: I now have four. I really like the idea of a self contained system that I can turn on and enjoy with the flip of a switch e.g. if I power it on with the tuner; I’m watching TV or with an attached USB HDD I make a couple presses and I can watch every movie I have ever enjoyed on a massive screen.
Yes, I have to wait until the sun goes down to enjoy higher contrast or brighter picture. And yes, I seem to have to refocus between uses (I send 1920x1080 signals to the unit and I think the initializing high fan speed may effect the focus.) I focus on the center because I watch subtitled movies and then I simply enjoy the movie.
I have been debating if I believe this or my net book is the most significant piece of technology I own. I haven’t decided yet.