Here is some images in my not so optimal room with a ALR screen. The screenshots is in comparison to my light grey wall with lights off. As you can see I also have a gloss white door to the right and a gloss white ceiling. In time to come I will be painting these a different color, but the ALR is doing a great job IMO in getting the deepest black. I'm pretty new to projection so I'm learning on the fly but I'm over the moon with the PQ (including black levels) I am getting. And with more room treatment it is only going to get better. I didn't spend 2K on a projector not to spend few extra hundred to get the best I can from it.Yes, I have done a lot of research and have had other projectors in the same room before this one. So I know the limitations and am willing to live with those that I can't remedy, for the sake of having a larger image. Everything I read implied that the 5050 was darker than it actually is, hence my disappointment. I can adjust it to make it satisfactory so all should be well in the end. I know I won't achieve its full potential but I think it will satisfy more than anything else that I can afford.
So I think when talk about the 5050 base performance, perhaps your room and screen base performance is more sub par than the projector
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