Originally Posted by airscapes
Truth be told, guest love the image no matter how bad it is, they don't typically have anything like it at their house. All that really matters is your seat is what you want to see, guest are guest, they don't pay for the theater, they just enjoy it! I have guest that sit outside the viewing cone of my HP 2.8 and rave about the image.. some day I will make them sit in the captains chair and watch their eyeballs melt! Don't compromise on your enjoyment, make the compromise on the guest seats!
I generally agree with this.
Guests are going to be blown away in a decent set up no matter where they sit, including with the HP screens.
However, for me, it just nagged at me that I could optimise my image for a narrow range of seating. If I was in the sweet spot I knew my guests weren't seeing the image I was seeing, and visa versa. One can think about it like "Guests won't notice or care, they'll be impressed in any case." But for me that's also like thinking before I show my system to someone "Well, I could knock down my brightness somewhat, screw up my gamma, get the color off a bit, and probably even soften the image a bit if I wanted to...but the typical guest will still be impressed!"
Yes...but I want them to experience what the system can really
do, not merely stick with whatever the average joe might be impressed with.
So it just stuck in my craw that we all couldn't see the same image in many circumstances.
This, of course, is just how things affected me in my set up.
That said, I'm betting the new gray HP screen should look amazing in the sweet spot, with it's brightness and added ambient light rejection ability.