Originally Posted by Mike Garrett
The problem with that statement, most of the time you do no notice it is washed out, until you have something better to compare to. If you notice it is washed out, without having anything better to compare to, then it is really bad.
Originally Posted by markmon1
Gamma doesn't impact true black.
Good morning, everyone.
I agree with Mike that a point of reference can make a difference, but I would add the following:
Going from the Sony 695ES to the BenQ HT9060 was an easy transition for me.
Keep in mind that these solid state light engines give plenty of use versatility where black levels and gamma are not always relevant. With that said, I know that here, we're talking about film/movies.
Speaking from the HT9060, the lower contrast is most noticeable in dark scenes where the content itself is mastered with some overexposure giving rise to a "milky" or slight gray cast. Two good examples of this can be found in the movies Bumblebee
and the recent version of A Star is Born
the recently released projectors I've demo'd didn't handle that type of overexposure as well as certain of the JVC DI shifters of old that I've seen.
For example, viewing the dark scenes in the HD version of Bumblebee
on both the 695 and the 9060 (in Smarteco) did not produce much difference; the slight grayish cast was apparent on both but to a slightly lesser extent on the 695, even when the Sony's DI was activated.
Viewing some clips from the UHD version of A Star is Born
on the JVC NX9 showed the cast still, even in a full blacked out room. This was not a side-by-side comparison with either the 695 or 9060, mind you. I will say the gray cast was noticeable to an even lesser extent on the NX9 than on both the 695 and the 9060.
Viewing the same dark clip from A Star is Born
on a DI equipped JVC shifter showed a very large difference in those dark scenes. You could see the content was mastered the way it was, but it just looked rich and clear. It just looked right.
So, the 695ES's native contrast being around 10,000:1 native/77,000:1 dynamic (on mine) didn't translate on the screen to showing such a disparate difference between the Sony and the BenQ --with the content I referenced above.
That point of reference made it easier for me to go from the 695ES to the HT9060 for those dark scenes than say from an NX9 ...or say the far more noticeable difference in going from something like an older DI equipped JVC.
With essential picture quality elements, not all are going to be outstanding sometimes. It comes down to what is acceptable to you. There's almost invariably going to be something that does better blacks, better sharpness, or better color. You just have to pick your gains and losses.