For those who watch movies using their CRT: I’m using MadVR with JRiver as the player.
Using 16-235 color setting in MadVR produces great visuals in most HD+ rips that I have. But the annoying thing is that for some rips, the black bars are more gray than black.
If I adjust the blacks to be below 16 or try 0-255 colors, the black bars are black, but the image itself is black crushed.
My FW900 is well calibrated, the blacks are very inky. So it’s not a monitor problem at all.
Is there any tricks in MadVR or otherwise that can get black bars to be black without touching the image itself?
If you've calibrated your tube for inky blacks, I'm assuming you're using a LUT adjustment to compensate for the crushing associated with using a low G2. If so, make sure "disable gpu gamma ramps" is unchecked in madvr. And you definitely want 0-255 not 16-255.