Here is my situation. I spent a long time looking at projectors and the one I really want to get is the Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL.
The quality of it sounds superb and more importantly all the settings on it sound ideal for me. I'm really fussy about framerates and whatnot and the settings on this sound ideal to make the picture perfectly suited for the way I like it.
Here is the situation though. My room is not ideal. I have quite thick curtains and at night the room is pretty pitch black (I can't walk about without a light on, can't see), the walls are white by the way.. However during the day when I wake up, from light spilling out the side of the curtains I can see fine to wonder about, I don't need a light on to find my way around, it's just a bit dull.. (I need to verify this as I've been away from home working for a few weeks and I forget, haha. But I think that's right).
Now, I've heard the best type of screen to get for a room that isn't perfectly dark is 0.9 gain (grey). Firstly it's hard to come by these, especially decent quality ones and secondly is this still relevent for modern day projectors which are really bright with great contrast?
Ideally I would like a grey da-lite tensioned screen, of maybe 100" or a bit more (i'll need to go home and measure my room).
It's quite hard to find this in the UK though.
I will probably be getting the projector imported from the states to the UK as it's not sold in Europe so I want to get the right one first time.. I heard that the HC8000D's extra contrast is not really worth it unless you have an ultra-dark room and the light level is a lot lower than the HC7900DW because of it's extra irises (four instead of two). Can you turn two of them off to make it the same brightness as the 7900? I don't want to be losing brightness.
Will the grey screen be enough to increase the contrast to a good level?
Basically my choices are
79000 + white screen
79000 + grey screen
8000 + white screen
8000 + grey screen
Which do you think would be most suitable and why?