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I'm dithering between a screen for personal viewing (maybe waiting for the HC) and for social viewing (dinner and a movie nights) where the ambient light is much higher.

Would the CV be a good compromise choice for a Plus 1100 (1000 lum)? I was thinking of the Pearlesent (2.0 gain) for social viewing or waiting for the HC (0.8) for personal viewing (if the Plus is bright enough for that) but my temporary DIY screen is getting a little to ripplely for my taste now. Silly of me to sink money into a panamorph and not get a half decent screen...

Do folks with the CinemaVision (1.3 gain) find it bright enough for moderate/low ambient lighting? I need enough lighting for the folks who prefer to chat or socialize over drinks in the other corner of the room to feel comfortable. Right now, it's a little washed out when I have the corner light on.

Thanks!

Nigel
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Nigel,

I don't think a 1.3 gain is going to help much. The best way is to "trick" the lighting. If you have overhead lights in one corner that are spotlights sunk into the ceiling, they should shine straight down and illuminate your guests without casting much light on the screen. Another trick would be to darken the walls in that area to absorb more light. I have two spots over the audience area of my crt projector, and people can actually read from them while watching the screen without it being marginally washed out. If you can't sink a spot into the ceiling, there are ones that attached to the outside and can be directed down that work just as well. A very dark carpet will also help. Avoid florescent lights as they cast too much green light and will throw the color temperature off. This has been my experience in over 25 years of working with dim giant screen TVs in the past.

Bob
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