Firstly, thank you for the kind comments.
Actually, the black level on my particular set-up is not (in my opinion) very good compared to the reports from other vw60 owners. I definately helps with the shadow detail, but the absolute black seems quite elevated.
This is my first experience with front projection, so maybe I'm expecting too much...
I love the picture this throws but I did have to dial back the color so as not to be overcooked.
I guess I should resize mine to conform with others to get a better sense of comparative sharpness. Naturally smaller=sharper but I wanted the detail to show.
Need to find a better place to host pictures as Imageshack seems to be dropping some color depth. Banding is not evident on-screen or in original photos.