Okay, so I had a window of time to play with Settings a bit. Beforehand, I took the 8 primary settings that folks on this thread had listed. Put it all into a spreadsheet to compare side-by-side. Even created a column for the average that folks were using, just out of curiosity.
Before doing anything on my set, I made note of what my current settings are. Then I went through the settings.
And what did I find?
Some settings have either changed the scale range, the name of the setting, or I can't find them at all.
First example: Backlight. Of the eight settings I'd recorded, the range was between 10 and 20, averaging 17. Mine had been set to 5. But when I attempted to adjust it, the range was 0-Max, which appears to be 10. WTF?
What people had listed as Contrast appears to be Picture? Seems to be in the right range, and listing order.
Hue was on my set, but didn't obviously match up to the setting options I found.
Other options that I couldn't find:
RGB Only Mode
Digital Noise Filter
MPEG Noise Filter
HDMI Black Level
LED Motion Plus
I did have Noise Reduction and MPEG Noise Reduction, which might be Digital & MPEG Noise Filters, respectively.
Even the White Balance RGB Offsets and Gain didn't seem to have the same adjustment range or scale.
There are also newer settings that didn't match anything that others had set, but I can't recall what they were. I think edge smoothing might have been one?
Granted, I didn't spend a ton of time menu diving, or much time in general. I was basically taking a quick break while getting a cup of coffee...which evolved into more time trying to figure it out, so I punted and am posting here.
I get that, to make some menu options available, you have to set some other things first. And I didn't take the time to dig through 27 pages of this thread. I'd saved the top 8 settings probably two years ago, and haven't messed with it since, as it's been good enough.
I could probably record all of the settings with option ranges, but I don't have time to do so right now.
Have I lost my mind? Doing something wrong? All help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.