White vs Grey pros and cons

KRW

Well-known Member
I'm looking at buying my first screen in a few weeks so that I may finally retire the bedsheet.

I'm sure I've read that grey is a good colour for a screen for blacks, but it seems that white is far more predominant. What are the cons of a grey screen?

I'll add that I do not have a bat cave, and the light in my room could be better but I'm very pleased with the bedsheet image at the moment - but I'm sure a dedicated screen will blow me away, again.
 

Peter Parker

Distinguished Member
Grey screens can help improve black levels, but their other quality is that they help reduce the effects of a brightly painted room or a room with ambient light. They tend to be lower gain (less bright) than a similar white screen.

If your room is light coloured and can suffer from some ambient light, then a grey screen is probably your best choice. Knowing the actual lumen output of the pj is handy so you can calculate the image brightness. Too large a screen with low gain and a low lumen pj can lead to a dim image quite quickly as the lamp dims with age.

Gary
 

kbfern

Distinguished Member

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