This is my first projector and I am using a 1.0 gain 100" screen seated approximately 11 feet. The build of the projector is very solid and has a nicely designed look and feel to it. Setup was very easy - just one HDMI cable in from my Denon 3311 amp. The unit lit up and the screen is very uniform. It took me about half an hour to center and straighten the projector picture, which overall was easy, but I understand where the comments about difficulty with the joystick come from - but again, hopefully this is a one time setup deal. From reading various reviews I began with the Rec709 preset in eco mode, which is silent. Did a quick calibration using the WOW disc. The picture is sharp and detailed, resolving all of the 1080p resolution. However, after viewing a couple of demo scenes on the disc, I felt the snap and pop simply was not what I expected. There was no dimensionality to the picture - disappointed. I then switched sources to the XBOX 360, and tried Game mode. The picture was now plasma-like, and I turned on Frame Creation, and was very impressed. Switched back to Blu-Ray and re-calibrated using the Normal mode. Stunning. THIS met and exceeded my expectations for overall picture quality, sharpness, and snap. I know that the color may not be absolutely perfect, but the brightness in Rec709, in my humble opinion is, just does not make for a great picture, regardless of how accurate the colors are.
I've really looked forward to my first projector, and enjoyed reading the comments thus far. I have not tried 3D yet, but will post again when I do.