Originally Posted by HarleyRider
That's a heck of a lot of ambient light you've got there, but I'd think the image would still be better than that. I just installed a Cinegrey 3D (1.2 gain) and I have my 5040 lamp set all the way down to Eco with brightness and contrast calibrated on Bright Cinema mode. But I have probably half the amount of ambient light that you have. In the photo I attached (sorry for the lack of quality, just snapped a quick iPhone pic), I have table lamps turned on, one on each side of the screen, the blinds on the right hand wall open, and ceiling lights on in the hallway which are directly in front of the left side of the screen. It's a bit lighter in the room than the photo makes it seem. Something definitely seems off with your screen. Could the screen material be facing the wrong way? Both sides of the Cinegrey material are grey but only one has the ALR coating. Or like you said, maybe it's just 1.0 gain Cinegrey, not 5D. Good luck, hope you get it resolved!
Yeah, your pic looks really nice. I know you said it's not really as dark as the pic looks, but I still see no real ambient light wash out on you pic.
HOLY CRAP, you might be right! I think the material might be backwards! I can't be 100% sure this isn't just psychological in my head because I want it to be that way, it's not glaring but appears to be noticeable. Turning off all light, and it's now night, so total darkness, and using that flashlight, it appears that the back of the screen is more reflective than the front. As I move the flashlight, or move my head in relation to the flashlight, there definitely appears to be a brighter spot that moves around with the flashlight/my head based on the reflection angle. I also think I see tiny pinpoint sparkles on the back under the flashlight light, randomly maybe 1 sparkle every 1 to 3 square inches, but I really don't see any on the front.
I wish I could take pictures to post with this for a 2nd opinion, but it's just too dim for the camera and won't turn out.
I suppose there's really no way to confirm this without taking the whole thing down, removing the brackets and installing them backwards. I really prefer not to remove and put back in the screws for loosening the screw grip on the wood. Not sure that it really would impact the grip, but it'd be 4 times out and back in by the time I remove the brackets to install backwards, then take them back down and install forward again for the final mounting.
Any other thoughts on how I could more easily and definitively determine if the material is backwards?