Why does everyone feel obliged to apologize?
Do we ever get mad or something!
Do they know something we don't about how silly their questions are?
Do they think they should have been born knowing how to solve their own questions?
It's enough to drive one crazy and start getting PO'd !!!
I'm sorry for having to have to see you be sorry, but it's a sorry state of affairs when people feel sorry for others when they should really be sorry for having to feel obligated to say they are sorry before someone makes them feel sorry they asked something.
Sorry...but thanks for being there to listen.
Ok....now to address this post.
You picked up a PJ that has a Native Resolution that produces a 4:3 image. That's the same size / appearance your older TVs had...an Image that is more "Square" than Rectangular (16:9)
The first thing you need to do is wrap yourself around the fact that you cannot be sorry you chose that PJ. For once you see a big image looking good, and knowing you achieved it for a Dime on a Dollar's investment, such love means never having to say your sorry.
One has to make the best of a relationship if possible...not "focus" on being sorry they got into it. To do that, one must find the beauty that exists behind the terrible wrong they did themselves getting into a relationship that demands they make sacrifices that can detract from the bliss that a well made match can offer.
But one can at least find the "good" in any bad situation if one looks beyond the initial disappointments. I see a similarity in the lyrics of an old song:"Hey man! I Saw your wife the other day."
- "You did?"
- "Yeah...and she sure is Ugly! "
- "Yeah, but she sure can Cook!"
In your case however, the PJ you listed seems to be so ugly it's hiding it's face from the public altogether, because a extensive and wholly exhausting search of all of Sharp's PJs in the PG / XG / SharpVision categories turned up no such animal....in fact, there is not even a "PC-G" category at all!
But wait! Oh...I see how you are!
30XU. How could you make such an error???
I think you owe us an apology. Sheesh. The things we go through and have to tolerate.
OK...so you now own a veritable Dinosaur of a PJ, first released in 2000. One that has 1700 lumens, only 250:1 Contrast, and probably some very pronounced SDE (Screen Door Effect) Let me be the first to tell you how sorry
I am for you.
Let's make the best of things though. If you haven't experienced "The Big Picture" yet, that Sharp will probably deliver you an experience that still outstrips your expectations. But what come after that? The desire to better one's condition...to evolve and grow.
To that effect you must decide upon the most effective Screen format to choose. Considering it's 2012, and most content you'll watch is going to be in a Widescreen format, you need to ignore the "Native Resolution" and concentrate on doing what will serve you best both now and in the not-so-distant future.
No...put down that Gun.
You need to get used to the idea that if your using a 48" x 96" substrate, 48" of image height will be all you ever have to work with.
In 4:3 mode that equates to being an image that measures 48" x 64" . How droll.
In 16:9 mode it becomes 48" x 86". That's better.
That PJ does process 1080i, which is what all HD Cable content comes in (...and is in 16:9 mode)
And should you deign to watch a true 2.40:1 Widescreen movie, the image size would be 36" x 86" (6" wide horizontal bars top & bottom)
It would make no sense to make a screen dedicated to the 4:3 format because you would force yourself to watch much smaller 16:9 and 2.40:1 "widescreen"images on a 48" x 64" screen.
So what do we know? That you've got to select a material that is at least 96" x 48", and pain-table. Why paint? because you have no real Blacks coming from the Sharp, but lots of Lumens. Knowing that, if you chose a basic neutral Gray, something you can roll on (...or spray if you really sorry enough to follow sage advice....) the chosen substrate, the appearance of the Blacks will be greatly improved, as will the colors. Another side benefit of a Gray surface would be less noticeable SDE.
If very little is spent on the initial DIY Screen, once you get thoroughly infected with the Front Projection Bug and determine that the only real cure will be to move into a "real' high resolution "NEW" Projector and a gawd-awful big Screen, you'll not feel too pressed in doing so.
Once you do reach that point in your life, I daresay you'll never have anything to be sorry about, or to say your sorry about ever again.
At least as long as you say rooted inside your Home theater.
For my part, I'm sorry this had to be so long.