I know ...I did run with a black cloth 'tent' over the front of the room for a while, which gave 3x the ANSI contrast on my older HD350. It got a bit tedious putting it up everytime though so I don't bother these days.
I think the Draper ReAct screen might be the solution since I don't want to decorate the living room a darker colour (it's a light grey so not quite as bad as pure white the photos suggest). It is a lower gain than my current Beamax, but the lamp in my X35 is holding out well so I have plenty in hand if I want to open the aperture to maintain the same fL.
We might also get some new sofas next year too, so I'll try to steer the OH towards something more cinema friendly. The new rug made a useful difference in picture and in sound, so it's not all bad...
PS: I've seen an X35 at the dealer I buy my MK speakers from and his room is all black with high (black) ceilings and it does look better. If I ever get to build my dedicated room in future it will be like that, not one of these 'dedicated rooms' that look more like a living room than mine does.
Edited by Kelvin1965S - 12/31/13 at 5:19am