Its a blessing if you truly attempt to tackle a formal calibration.
I have firmware 2002.2 and I tried those CNET settings... although its tough to make this TV actually look bad, I thought there was an every so slight "green" tinge to everything... very soft and pretty.... but I prefer a bit more bold and crisp.But the skin tones seemed terrific!
Not sure what you mean my Soap Opera unless your referring to all the close up scenes where you can see the details.... if so, I really like that feature, but all thats adjustable..... while in Dynamic mode, DNIE set to on brings in allot of that detail, but its obtainable other ways too if you just tweak with things...
However the Cnet settings seemed rather soft to me.. probrably because there was zero sharpness. I prefer around 80.. but the whole picture is a bit dark for me....but it may be what you like.... I have 3 windows to my right and one to my left that lets light in during the day.
The Dynamic mode is overblast "for me" in brightness and contrast and I prefer it toned down.. but I do like the detail it brings... some may prefer less sharpness than I have suggested.
I will be trying some settings from others to see which fits best... When I started I had no guide to help me other than my own fiddling.. then when I found links of how to adjust, there was little that was simple enough to tackle without a formal education first!... so I did the best I could.
But the more I learn, the more I will try tweaking... I ordered the calibration disk and I hope I'm not opening a can of worms by doing so.
I realize its hard enough to do that many of the avid tweakers prefer to take settings from the few that have mastered it rather than do it themselves... so it can't be too easy, but I"m not afraid to try as many things are not as hard as they appear at first.
If you have the patience to wade through this extremely long thread
, you will learn allot and its about things specific to your unit... it will prepare you for the calibration thread if you dare to venture there as those who stalk that domain seem to have little patience with those that are too green and know little as its gets wearisome to answer the same questions over and over and tolerate the varying points of view from the newbies... so be prepared if you go there.