Originally Posted by usarcher
How does it perform with the lights on? My theater room will mostly be used with lights off for movie viewing, but would like to have the lights on when watching sports with friends over.
Actually pretty good. My room is not 100% light controlled. I have blackout shades but light leaks around them during the day. So with my white ceiling and white carpet quite a bit of light gets thrown around. It is hard to quantify but I would say you can read in the room with the projector off. Not too comfortably; but you could hold something about 2 feet in front of you and read it.
I was concerned about this as well. Provided you don't have lights on near the screen or lights on directly behind the screen, it looks pretty good. I doubt most "average Joe's" would know something was wrong. This is in the "living room", out of the box mode. I should also mention my walls are a dark, flat brownish color.
If you want to have all of your lights on like a "normal" room, then forget it. It will wash the image out quite a bit. There are screens out there that will help with ambient light.