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Hey everybody! I am back in projection after a 10+ year hiatus and I jumped into the pool with what I am coming to realize was a great choice to start the hobby again. This Sony 45ES. I actually bought it last summer but I'm only getting around to really starting to set it up and use it now! Unfortunately I've been spoiled with contrast and low black levels in the last five or six years owning a Panasonic 65VT60.
My projector is in my living room. I will do as much as possible to control the light with blinds, shades and drapes. I'm also going to try and treat the white ceiling with something like a roll out of black faux velvet to minimize reflections.
My full screen size is constant image height and will be roughly 50 by 117 inches. My projected image for both 16 x 9 and 2.35:1 will be slightly shorter by perhaps 1/8-1/4". I hope to build a black border frame around the screen. the screen will hang on the ceiling and swing down into place in front of the television which I'm putting on a mount that will allow the TV to be pushed back against the wall when I use the PJ.
I want to achieve the lowest blacks and the best contrast in this situation so I'm looking for advice. My plan is to treat the room and set it all up as best as I can. To acheive the best, lowest black levels I will possibly try:
1) a neutral density filter
2) a bias light behind the screen
3) gray screen material
4) and of course just doing the best simple calibration I can manage
I have set the projector up in low lamp mode and I have watched one movie, the dvd of Cop Land. I chose this movie because while it's probably not the best source material, it's a very good DVD. I also watched some scenes from my Die Hard Blu-ray. I have not calibrated, aside from adjusting brightness and contrast just by eye and choosing a cinema mode. I have also not done the panel alignment yet. As it is I find the projector looks very sharp and panel uniformity seems to look good. The fan is whisper quiet. I do find the black levels look a little bit high and the contrast isn't quite as good as I had hoped, but being that this is my first jump back into projection, especially given the reasonable price I paid for the Sony, I'm okay with the PJ. Still, I'm looking for advice to lower the black levels and/or improve the contrast.
Is there anything I'm proposing to do above not a good idea or is there something else I should do or try?
Last edited by cpc; 02-11-2019 at 10:22 AM.