Samsung SP-A600 - Projector Screens
8/10/2009 - Art Feierman
Samsung SP-A600 Projector Screen Recommendations
I do favor high contrast gray screens with the Samsung SP-A600. My reasoning is two-fold. First, black level performance is not, by any means, exceptional, as noted. Therefore a high contrast gray surface would lower overall black levels, which in particular would make for better viewing when watching letterboxed (Cinemascope 2.35:1 movies). Unless you are using a very large screen, those "blacks" that are the letterbox area will be only moderately dark grays, and may bother many.
If you go high contrast gray, however, I do believe you will definitely want to have the SP-A600's gamma set to Video, rather than the too-high a gamma Film setting.
The other benefit is based on an assumption that, because this is a less expensive projector, a significant number of owners won't have proper home theaters, and may have some ambient light to deal with. A high contrast gray screen surface, will help by "rejecting" some of the side ambient light, which can be a real benefit for those with permanent side ambient light.
The SP-A600, with its over 700 measured lumens in best mode definitely has the horsepower to spare, and can take the small "hit" from having a lower gain high contrast gray surface, compared to a white surface.
Whether you spring for a Firehawk G3 (like mine) which will likely cost you as much as the projector or more, or far more affordable high contrast gray projector screens such as the Elite HC Gray, Da-lite HC-CinemaVision, etc., you should have a good fit.