I was going to put this in the "official" 3020 thread - but it's so long with so many angles - I thought it better to try here.
Long story short - after a long frustrating month dealing with a very poorly mounted 3020 - I finally took delivery on a much better suited extension column for my Peerless UNV mount and moved my screen into a proper plain with the projector.
Currently the start of the my viewable screen area is exactly 13 inches from the ceiling while the lens center of the Epson now sits at around 15 inches - so I am still "out" by an "ideal" 2 inches - but I am not sure that I can get a 5 inch pipe for this Peerless mount?
That said - I reset the Epson to factory standard and spent yesterday afternoon "squaring" everything up. I was finally able to project a perfectly square image on my Elite Screens 92 inch (cinegray) without having to adjust anything but a tiny bit of pitch and yaw. Then I spent about and hour viewing many different sources...
Overall - from where I was (4 weeks ago) to now - it's like night and day. I haven't even started to calibrate but the projector is already looking fab...but my real question is the clarity and sharpness of the image onscreen. I tested with the Spears and Munsil and several very well done BluRay sources and I am still unsure if what I am seeing is what I should be seeing or have I got one of those 3020s with focus issues.
Given that my only true baseline of what an HD image should look like (to my eyes) is my TVs - but what exactly should the end result be - if this PJ is set up as good as can be? Should the sharpness be equal to or better than a BR displayed on my Samsung TV? Should it be "different" but still excellent simply due to the technology in play?
One thing I did yesterday was put up several blurays of well done animated movies like Despicable Me or Puss N Boots - and while the picture is getting there (I haven't calibrated at all yet) - something is still bothering me about the sharpness that I keep thinking I should be seeing...
Anyone else feel the same? Anything that I should be doing - but am not - to ensure I have the best sharpness settings (and yes - I have moved the focus ring
I just want to make sure I haven't got one of the lemon 3020s that had focus issues (what exactly were those "issues"?) and if so - I want to get Epson on the case quickly.