Originally Posted by redpoint5
Thank you for mentioning this. It's the reason why I'm trying to be more intentional now, because as the time and money spent on this increases, it becomes more important to me to optimize the results. Then there's the wife acceptance factor. She might not like the money and time I spend on this, but if it looks aesthetically pleasing to her, it goes a long way to acceptance.
Over the 40 years I've been doing A/V, that has always been an overriding consideration. Always. So far I haven't as of yet had any of the Ladies throw out my ideas...or me for that matter.
So I would get a better viewing experience in this scenario by turning HDR off rather than allow it to deliver whatever it can? That's a new concept to me.
When one has enough brightness, and the Content has vibrant color, the advantage of having HDR is simply one of having the next "level-up" whenever possible. WHEN & IF it actually impoves PQ. However along with HDR can compatibility issues, and widely varying levels of performance...really a lot of "ifs" and "not as good as hoped for's" Sort'a like Atmos....everyone sees the potential...and most everyone wants it...but simply put, it just isn't a universally accepted application for every given instance. HDR titles are starting to get more consistent...and a few more affordable UHD-DVD Players are starting to incorporate Hardware and Firmware that is more applicable toward making the necessary adjustments. (LG UHD-Players are notable exceptions)
But there is still a long way to go...a substantial divide between consistent HDR performance criteria and real world applications. Hey...HDR is much better than when I first demo'd it at a Home Show in 2014-2015. Batman vs Superman, very darkly filmed & mixed in HDR, was often deplorable to look at, even with a JVC x790r in use on a 1.1 gain surface. Switching off HDR had people "oooh'ing and ahhh'ing. Here is a famous shot that looks bad in HDR but has noticeably better detail and highlights in SDR.
For those with ideal set-ups that employ PJs with sufficient Lumen output, and/or screens that have sufficent gain, and that have expensive UHD-Players and/or PC based Firmware / Software (Mad-VR) to augment Tone Mapping features, then yes, many of HDR's issues can be overcome. But the very real need for such periphery accouterments speaks volumes....HDR still isn't ready for mass acceptance within the Front Projection venue. It's getting closer.....but still remains at a distance...something best left for those with more stringent expectations and deeper wallets.
Until then, the hype over HDR will continue to push unwary NOOBs down into the Rabbit Hole of disappointing expectations.
......unless your watching on a Direct View Monitor...and then HDR is crazy overdone.
I haven't made my mind up yet insofar as how important PQ in an ambient light room is. There are a few instances like the Super Bowl where I plan to have some light in the room, but in all other viewing, it would be very minimal. My initial thought is to maximize the optimal conditions rather than mitigate against sub-optimal.
Well a big difference will be had if you do not have to sink the image in between those tow Walls...of that for certain. But bear in mind that ALR done right also can help improve Dark Room viewing, as well as mitigate Room reflections if any re-do of Wall Ceiling surfaces are out of the question. People get fixated on to narrow a over-view, and often misled by assumptive reasoning. Hope floats if they at least explore their options and get correct advice.
My original thought with the side walls was to have some sort of black/dark velvet curtain since I don't see my wife accepting black paint in the room. At some point, it will become a dual purpose room, and the aesthetic of those other purposes will be important to her.
The only reason you would have to "go there" would be because those Side walls were indeed a factor. A Painted Screen on the rear wall would demand such...but really...the sides being painted a very Dark Grey shouldn't / wouldn't make much of a visual impact being a severe right angles to the viewpoint of looking toward the screen. Black is not a absolute requirement....(I personally hate Black Paint
...) the Dark Grey below can suppress 90% of the light. However a smooth veneer of Black Velvet would take away about 98%+ so........
I appreciate your considered and well articulated guidance here. Bang for your buck is what I'm all about.
....and it multiply's the "satisfaction index" exponentially!
I should also mention that the entertainment stand is going away. I've moved everything but the speakers into the "boiler room" which is the door on the left pictured next to the sink.