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Ideal lumen rating

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by stevenr, Mar 16, 2002.

  1. stevenr

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    After reading many posts here and elsewhere I will make the following assumption. A projector with a lumen rating of more than 900-1000 will not be as ideal as a projector with say 600-900 lumens, for home cinema use. Is it because you will lose detail in dark scenes with a high lumen projector?.

    I also think there is further investigation to be done regarding grey screens, has anyone tried painting plastic or other surfaces with icestorm paint?.
     
  2. Chris Frost

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    It's true the home cinema projectors tend to be less bright than those used for presentations, but looking at one figure, like ANSI lumens, isn't the answer. There has to be a balance between brightness, contrast ratio, screen size, room lighting, screen surface etc.

    An 800 ANSI projector with 200:1 contrast could look worse than something more powerful but with better contrast.

    I know this sounds obvious, but you need to see and judge projectors for yourself before buying.

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