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What color should I paint the wall behind the plasma to get it to really "pop"

post #1 of 11
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I am getting a 50" Panasonic (720p) to watch from about 11 feet. The wall it is going on is currently painted black and I'm concerned that it will make the picture looked washed out because the paint is much blacker than the black the plasma can produce. Therefore, is it time to paint the wall? Would white be the best way to go? I assume that it would make the blacks on the plasma look darker or I'm I wrong about the black paint washing out the blacks from the plasma. Any advice would be appreciated.
post #2 of 11
In a dark room, the darker the paint the better. Atleast in my experience . Dark walls usually provide a lot of "pop", perhaps you should look into bias lighting, this is growing in popularity and seems to have a positive impact on picture quality.

P.S.
You could always buy a Kuro and not have to worry about painting or lighting .
post #3 of 11
Also, you should give the Panny a shot with the wall as is. Panasonic produces a great black level, you may be pleasantly surprised.
post #4 of 11
I think a black wall with bias light will give you all the pop you can handle.
post #5 of 11
For a theatre room you are technically supposed to paint it a neutral gray. that way the picture will be most life like.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by jmlonegan View Post

I am getting a 50" Panasonic (720p) to watch from about 11 feet. The wall it is going on is currently painted black

Get the plasma first and then decide, black is very good for a plasma because they reflect every little. If you are still undecided then get large rolls of paper from an art store to see what you like better.
post #7 of 11
as wuther said it get the plasma first then the paint and or other stuff, if i must add dont take short cuts on the tv, make the purchase right that way you dont have buyers remourse or dont end up getting what you want or get everything with a budget either.

example say you wan to get your plasma a HT and a blu ray, work one thing at a time, get your nice plasma save up get a great HT then once again save up to get blu ray or whatever you get.

in the long run its better as you would make a good choice over a budget choice.

yeah i know you asked about your wall color but i thought i'd add my comment/suggestion
post #8 of 11
What about putting amber lighting behind the tv? If it sounds dumb, pardon my ignorance I'm new to HDTV.
post #9 of 11
el dude read post #4 but yeah no harm in doing some kind of lighint, try to get 65k or bias lighiting
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for everyone's input. I think it makes the most sense to try it against the black wall first and go from there. The back lighting might be something to try too. I'm just waiting to see if anything dramatic comes out of CEDIA before I make the purchase. I'm hoping for an upgraded 720P from Panasonic for less $ but I think 720s days are over. We'll see.

john
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by The_Hun View Post

For a theatre room you are technically supposed to paint it a neutral gray. that way the picture will be most life like.

Yes, neutral gray.

Check this out:

http://www.cinemaquestinc.com/ive.htm

See the picture with the "ideal" environment? It's matte grey.
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