Originally Posted by ack_bk
A couple things on dark blacks and contrast. I have owned and demoed many projectors over the years and I get why people really like the LCOS projectors and some LCD projectors. They have better contrast. But to take full advantage of this contrast you really need the right room. This means light control (no ambient light) and darker walls, floors, and ceiling. In other words a true theater room.
I helped my neighbor build out his theater room. He had a Sony LCOS projector (forget the exact model off the top of my head, but it was a top of the line model about 4 years ago). We pained the walls and ceiling black (was white ceiling and beige walls). The difference was dramatic. I even brought over my Acer9500 and compared and you could really see the difference in contrast between the two. Then we added some ambient light (dimmer swith) to the room and the contrast between the two was marginal at best.
The point is that if you are in a room dealing with some ambient light or perhaps don't have dark walls, ceiling, floors, etc you will lose that contrast advantage and some of these discussions around native contrast become mute. At that point you should be more focused on getting a projector with good sharpness, lumen output, etc.
Just my .02 cents.
Agreed, I just did the same thing, but not Black but dark blue and it made a big difference. BUT this room is a home theater, not a social room or other activities, 100% dedicated so the lights are off most of the time anyway.
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