Originally Posted by PUREVIL
New 3000 owner here and first time projector owner as well. I started to read all the pages and I got through page 9 i believe and im a lil over whelmed with info... I know when the thread started there weren't many actual 3000 owners, but now that we are at page 37 im sure there are alot more now.
My question is, is there a set of settings that everyone agrees makes the projector alot better? or is it a question of personal taste? or screen and room? With so many options/features it would take forever to try them all out. Thanks and so far I love this projector, and I dont even have a screen yet! HAHAHAHA I know I shouldn't adjust it to much before buying a screen since I'll have to readjust it later for the screen.
I probably shouldn't be talking to a person who calls themself "purevil", but here goes
First, you're right, someone else's settings may be entirely different from yours based on room design (size, reflective surfaces, screen type, ambient light, etc.), as well as good old-fashioned personal taste. Generally Color 1 is closest to D65 out of the box, and Cinema 1 (which I prefer) is "Hollywood standard" (or something like that) out of the box. I also use Normal a lot when I want a little light on.
Regardless of the picture setting you choose you'll want to calibrate brightness, contrast, color, and tint at the minimum, and you can easily do this with a calibration DVD such as from Avia or DVE.
If you don't have a screen yet, don't worry about calibrating now and again later. Do it now, and it'll be good practice for you, produce a more satisfying picture until you get the screen, and help increase your familiarity with the setup menu of the projector.
Whatever you decide to do, just enjoy your projector!
Edit: I see I was beat to the punch