Zepman, I have very different settings than yours, but usually I'm a contrarian when it comes to picture settings because I use my HDTV primarily for computer, and absolute color accuracy is not that important to me: vibrancy (without bleeding and significant over saturation), contrast (static), black levels, and sharpness are what I'm aiming for.
Color Temp: Normal
Black Level: light
I like to turn backlights up and brightness down. This dramatically improves sharpness and vibrancy but at the expense of slightly grayer blacks, more backlight bleed, and eyeball bleeding (due to the brightness!).
I have to set noise reduction ON because it noticeably improves text for web pages. Also, when reading, I set sharpness to 0; otherwise, there are terrible "halo" or "staircase" effects on text, especially dark fonts on gray or off-white backgrounds. However, I find film and photo too soft if the sharpness is not higher than 60.
Due to the Panasonic's IPS panel, it should have better color accuracy potential than the PVA Samsung, even the LED Samsung, but again, absolute accuracy isn't my main goal. In terms of static contrast and black levels, an independent review
has the 37" Panasonic at a terrific 0.15 cd/m2 and 2900:1. AFAIK
, the LED Samsung has slightly better blacks but inferior static contrast. Interestingly, most mid-range plasma TVs are below 2900:1 static too. I laugh at Insignia and Vizo models that claim to have 4000 or 5000:1 static contrast when even some of the highest end larger LED TVs are nowhere near that!
For 1080p, I like a modified version of the "VIVID" setting:
Again, this is not "accurate," but it is pleasing to my tastes.