Originally Posted by conehead433
I'm having to wait a little to get a new projector and the W6000 was one of a very few that would work for my screen size and throw distance. I was somewhat alarmed to see that several people have this gray border around their picture and I just can't believe that is normal for this projector. But my question goes out to anyone using this pj as a poor man's CIH projector. When you zoom out to 2.40:1 you still have black bars at the top and bottom of the screen and there is no blocking of those bars built into the projector, correct? So how noticeable are the black bars? I have black felt surrounding my current screen so absorbing light spillage isn't really a problem, but part of the upper black bar would be showing up on a least a portion of my ceiling directly above the screen and I'm afraid that noticing any amount of light there would be extremely disconcerting while watching anything. My ceiling is painted a really dark flat midnight blue so it may not be too bad. I haven't built a CIH screen yet and would probably still buy this pj and continue to use my current 120" screen, but that is something I'd like to find out in advance. I planned to put up a 144" wide 2.40 screen and hopefully be able to conceal the bars without noticing them. Thanks for all your help.
The black bars & borders are as dark/black as you've set the pj to project.
If you wind the iris up and down, and use DynamicBlack, this will improve things (see previous posts on this subject).
While the W6000 has deep enough black level for most folks, it asn't as deep as some other pj's.
On the other hand, it is astoundingly bright and has excellent ANSI and on/off contrast, so with your eyes adjusting for this, the blacks will seem relatively deep with brighter content on screen at the same time.
Nonetheless, I'd recommend:
* Always use Eco mode on the lamp
* Steer clear of BrilliantColor
* Experiment with adjusting DynamicBlack (see earlier)
* Most importantly
, look into putting up a black material surround.
This will make a mind-blowing difference, whatever pj you use.
See my signature below for details on this...