JonStatt, I've tried adjusting the aperture and it still doesn't address the problem. I had it wide open, but when I take it down a bit, the black levels don't get crushed much more than they presently are. Instead, the rest of the image gets brought down. To be clear, my issues with the black levels are mainly in brighter scenes and not the moodier scenes. The black levels seem influenced by bright settings and bright lighting, while that is not the case on my plasma - which I know is a whole different beast, believe me. I have no expectations of a bright plasma image with a projector. But the plasma definitely crushes the blacks while retaining the right amount of contrast and brightness needed. What I'm trying to get closer to is the projected image my films have had in the theater or in the DI suite. Again, this mainly pertains to brighter, well lit scenes, both outdoor and interiors.