Well, my 1st ever projector (AE200) arrived today (also from Discount Electrical) (was delived to work) Got home and started taking stuff down from my wall (was desperate to just see it working) Took about a hour or so had to take down 6 pictures (don't ask!) and a shelf full of junk etc etc etc........... Anyhow, finally found a stand as a test bed got my old Tesco Dansai DVD player connected via scart and fired the baby up for the very fist time Guess what............. It worked Now then, my wall is currently covered in a product I put on called Polyripple. It's like a very thick emulsion that you applied with a rough roller so it leaves lumps all over it. Guess, what......... This has to be the most unsuitable surface to project on, known to man.... No hand on, perhaps an elephants arse might be a bit worse but it would be a close call! I Stuck a piece of A4 paper on the wall (didn't quite cover my almost 6 foot screen!!!) and big difference. Had to go and have my dinner by now. Came back from my fish and chips and then proceeded to make possible the most cheap and stupid screens ever invented. Are you ready for this? I found a roll of masking take and stuck 30 sheets of A4 brilliant white paper onto my projection wall (masking tape was hidden by overlapping joins) 10 wide x 3 high. Massive improvment. Amazing what sheer desperation makes you think up..... OK, so my initial thoughts form my very 1st projector. 1: Screen door. Yup, you can see the pixels up close, but you know what, for some reason this does not really bother me. Perhaps it's the wow factor at the moment, but it's not really that bad at all. Getting my tape measue out and to give you some idea. I'm going to be aiming for a screen width of around 6 feet, and will be viewing at a distance of around 7 feet. At this distance (even with my new glasses on!) the screen door effect is very rapidly dissapearing, and and NORMAL person who is not into this technology I very much doubt would even comment on it. So as for screen door from a screen width and a bit distance I'd say I'm fine with it. OK, No screen door would be nice but it's no where near as bad as some would make you think as long as you appreciate the technology and don't get all paranoid about it. Picture quality. Well, I was just running via my cheap Dansai Tesco player (albeit it did get good reviews when I bought it) and the picture was pretty dam good. I just a moment ago realised that I had not even put the player into RGB mode so I had been viewing composite via the scart. Yes, going via this route there were some issues, I played some SHREK (the movie) and in a few places there was some patterning in some small areas of detail now and again, but hey it's Composite scart, and it was very good. Black level, well. as you can appreciate I'm not really in a position to comment on this yet. I did notice that the areas above and below the actual DVD film area (film lot narrower than the full display area) were no way near black, so perhaps some movable dark shilelds may be something I may consider in the future. I think it's me. Put I like a picture to have a lot of PUNCH and I found the DYNAMIC picture setting to give me that a lot more than the CINEMA settings. Again, remember this was from just a few minutes viewing. Lamp brightness. I set this to LOW as recommended which made a bit of difference on screen. My favorite picture to be honest is the lamp on normal and dynamic. This gives a lovely bright clear picture, though I'm sure I'll be told I'm wrong here for using that mode. Now something that hit me in the face, and I knew it was but seeing it really hit home. I have got the WORST possible room for a projector. 1: I have all my walls painted WHITE 2: On the opposite wall to the projector I have 8 large mirrors. making a large amount of the wall a mirror. So you can guess what the room was like when there was a bright screen. Yup, you guesses it' The whole bloody room lights up. Now I knew this had to be addressed. but it's supprising just how much light you get back off the screen. And in turn this is probably damaging the look of the image. Nothing a screw driver and some nice dark paint wont fix. I'm almost tempted to paint my whole end wall a Matt Black, but that may be a bit too severe, so a mid/bark blue may have to do. I then proceeded to do the job I needed to do which was measure the screen position relative to the lens. Height wise mainly as I intend (at the moment) to mount it on the ceiling. I have a bit of an issue here though at the moment. You obviously don't want the image to be right up too high on the wall (neck strain). I've been working it out, so the WHOLE screen (that you see whan you have the blue menu on) has it's bottom just above the top of the TV. So to be honest, the bottom of the screen won't be far off eye level. You'll have to look up still. Problem is, mounting upside down, and wanting the image this far down, (and avoiding any keystone use) means the projector is going to have to be about 20" down from the ceiling. eg: Right in your face...... Not exactly what I was hoping for. Having it on a table the right way up isn't much of an option as you may be getting in the way of the beam, plus because it's a small room, and the distance behind the projector to the wall, it means a shelf about 2ft + from the wall...... Hmmmmm Still going with the ceiling mount right now. My current jaw dropping idea would be a Telescopic ceiling mount. So it normally sits up quite close to the ceiling, but you loosed a thumb screw and it drops down to the required height when in use.... The more I think of it, the more I like this idea. Just have to work the best way to achieve the design, but won't be too hard. Just have an outer collar fitted to the ceiling, with a aluminium shaft that goes up into the loft when the projector is up high and drops down to a fitted stop... Yup, I like it even more now I've typed this, so think that's what I'm gonna do. Ceiling mount mark 2 going to be started at work tomorrow. I ordered it with a no dead pixel check and not seen anything yet, mind you I've not had the surface to check it well on yet but seems fine.... Regards screens. Currently as I like a bit of Punch from the picture I'd say I'll be going for a white screen to start with. If the blacks are too much of a problem then I'll dull it down later. but I do like a bright image. On this note. I have a query about the lamp life and brightness mode. I know MOST people appear to say they turn theirs onto low lamp setting (which isn't really THAT much difference) but anyway on this point: Reading the manual It says the bulb SHOULD last and had been designed to last 2000 hours (100 DVD's !!!!! worth) It says this 2000 hour life is with the buld on NORMAL setting and not the low power mode (which you might expect it to last longer with) It then goes to say for safety reasons it will give a warning as 2000 hours is approached and will stop working at the 2000 hour limit. It sound then for bulb life reasons. There's very little to be gained in running in low power as it's gonna stop at the same time anyway. OK, that's enough of my ranting for now......... Busy evening to take a LOT in. Forgive bad grammer and spelling as all this was typed fast and as I thought of it. Appreciate any comments / thoughts on any of the points above. AT LAST I HAVE A PROJECTOR............. Just have to get it all set up correctly (make ceiling mount) Make Screen, Paint walls, get new DVD Player with Componant out and progressive Scan, get rid of the mirrors, get a coax audio lead to my surround speakers and then impress some friends Phew, hard work all this..