I've still got one more light wall to cover with some dark GOM type material yet.....this one vvv...and my room will be a Total cave (just the ceiling left)
Every time I add a little more room treatment (dark fabric walls) for improved video performance, (and better acoustics) My black levels improve.
I found a great 20' long x 42" strip of really thick Black Velvet to go along the top half of the rear wall for $20
If I could only find enough to finish the rest of the room that cheap!
Last night I had my Pioneer Kuro turned on, nothing else, room nearly pitch black, no signal at all to the TV (Black screen) and it was glowing grey.
I guess its been a while since I've done that, but now that my room is REALLY dark...
the 5080 was actually looking kind of bright to me for the first time. Either my eyes were playing tricks on me,
or my projected black was just as good or better
So I dropped the big 120" down and fired up the 1080UB,
same thing...completely black screen with no signal...
To my amazement it was as Dark, dare I say even slightly Darker than the Kuro black screen.
I know the blacks start to drop off a little when you start projecting any content on the screen with whites or other colors,
but as you can see by the the last Earth shot....the ANSI contrast still looks pretty darn good.
Once I get my components racked off to the side I'm sure that will help too.
It's amazing how much ambient and reflected light gets absorbed by the velvet...
There's no way a painted drywall surface, no matter how dark, can match material for light and sound absorbing qualities.
I like to call this series of shots from the PS3 visualizer
the "How Big is Your World?" photo's
So How Big is "Your World"?..and shouldn't it at least be larger than You?
476% larger is a good start