After much agonizing and preparation, I finally ordered my first front projector last week. It's a Panasonic L300U, ordered from Visual Apex. By the way, I highly recommend Visual Apex: excellent service, very helpful people, and they got my projector to me only two days after I ordered it. Even before I ordered the projector, I had fabricated an 83 inch diagonal 16:9 screen using 1 X 3's for the frame, with Da-Lite HCCV screen material stretched over the back. I also built a speaker stand for my center channel since it no longer has a TV to sit on. So by the time the projector arrived, I was pretty much ready to go. I got the projector on Friday, and spent basically all day Saturday fabricating a ceiling mount for it, plus making a home-brew stereo rack for the receiver, DVD player, and satellite box. Then my wife and I attached the projector to the ceiling, and I did some fine-tuning to get the image to land on the screen. Finally, we settled in and watched Lord of the Rings. I was amazed at how clean and detailed the image was, even when blown up to 83 inches. I expected some loss in resolution from the increase in screen size, but the bigger screen just seems to bring out more detail in the image. Things like fabric texture and the wrinkles on people's skin were absolutely clear and distinct, and the epic shots of thousands of characters doing battle on the plains of Mordor were breathtaking. The only drawbacks seem to be that occasionally the pixel structure of the LCD panel is noticable (mostly on shots with very light colors), and the contrast is a bit lacking, so that objects that should be black are more like very dark grey. Otherwise, it's just like being at the movies. I also tried watching some satellite TV on the big screen, and the image was still pretty good. It's definitely softer and less detailed than a good DVD, but still very watchable. This was a surprise to me, since my old Mitsubishi 46 widescreen RPTV had a terrible picture with regular cable and satellite, so I expected the image on the bigger screen to be even worse. I guess the Panasonic doubler and/or scaler is better than my Mits, because the image with standard definition isn't bad. Now I just need to get the settings for picture quality dialed in. Anyone have any recommended settings for the L300U? Also, I've heard that using a filter can help with black levels. Any thoughts on the subject?