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White Walls, Grey Walls!

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Rick1486, Feb 26, 2003.

  1. Rick1486

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    Hi gang.

    Looking at getting either the ptae300 or the hs10 as per my other thread, but here's another question for u gurus.
    Whilst browsing the threads the other night I saw one which made mention of grey screens and the fact that they're rare and expensive.
    Now personally - having seen pj's on both screens and walls, I prefer the piccie cast onto a wall (purely personal preference).
    What is the consensus of opinion ref. the best wall colour and why?
    Should I go White or should I go Grey?
    Look forward to some helpful advice.
    Cheers
    Rick
     
  2. ROGER THE LODGER

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    Hi Rick
    A good start on this subject...... just do a search with the word 'icestorm'. loads of info comes up.
    Regards. Roger
     
  3. Rick1486

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    Thanks Roger - is that a search on this site or a search using GOOGLE or similar?
     
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    Nope, not Google. :lesson:

    Search here on the Forums for "icestorm" - its one of the grey colours in the Dulux range that you can get mixed for you in B&Q or similar places. There's a number after it "icestorm 5" "icestorm 6" - the number indicates that the grey colour is darker. Used by some to get better blacks, less perception of screendoor..:smashin:

    Sean G.
     
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    If you try red walls you get really good colour saturation :)

    and black walls improves your black level a lot :laugh:

    Seriously though

    I tried white walls and grey walls and in the end bought a screen.

    The image on the screen is better. This is because the surface is perfectly uniform, whereas a wall is NOT:

    a) perfectly flat
    b) perfectly uniform.
    c) even in paint distribution
    d) perfectly smooth.

    A good test is if you use a 40IRE grey field on AVIA, you will actually see 'hot spotting' using a wall, which is where the middle of the grey field is actually a bit brighter than the edges.

    Just think - if it was that easy to paint a screen, then all the research and effort spent by companies on coating screens would be a bit of a waste of effort....
     

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