OK, I have tweaked with the image so far for HD cable, and have come up with this as my "by eye" calibarion so far. I still need to do adjustments for DVD and for the xbox360 on the VGA input.
A bit of a distraction that I need to fix - seems that the numbers for a 16:9 screen from PJ central calculator gave me a number that is "too tall" as with the image set and zoomed to fill the screen just to the mask I still have 1" of screen material at the bottom - so I need to cut my screen frame down by 1". Minor annoyance...
Screen size: 80" 16:9
Screen material and/or gain: "Do-able" DIY board DIY screen with black velvet mask. reported gain on the DIY screen forum has been .8 to 1.0.
Lighting issues (controlled or ambient, etc): 100% controlled to full on which is 4 spot halogens aimed at the side walls.
Room factors (light/dark wall/ceiling color): Chocolate brown walls, maroon curtains in front, tan ceiling and carpet. White door to the left side of the screen right at the front of the room on the side wall.
Other factors (using an ND filter, etc): No filters. Low lamp mode.
Hookup for this calibration: HD cable via component inputs - 720p setting.
I have it DIY ceiling mounted. The PJ is very quiet in low lamp mode. Nice. The ceiling color and even the white door is not an issue distraction wise. The PJ is one bright mother and I agree that it should age well given the lumens this thing puts out. I would not say it is "too bright" in a completely dark room, but I am used to watching a bright plasma in a dark room already. I will say that with the lights off, this thing is like an 80" plasma screen. I would not have believed it without seeing it.
Brightness: - 1
Color Temp: Warm
Brilliant Color: 2
Blacks are awesome. Whites are white. Collors look very accurate overall. So far I am not seeing any one color being pushed. I keep looking for something that I don't like but can't find anything. SD cable material looks decent as well, but we don't watch much of that anyway so its not an issue...
I have not messed with any other of the "user settings" yet for bigntness... I am VERY pleased with this amost stock out of the box. Stock settings on this thing are great. The wife is VERY pleased. She was quite skeptical of the change from the beginning, but one episode of CSI later - no going back. The kool-aid has gone down well...