After several weeks owning the M501D, I must say that I am extremely satisfied with my decision. I have tweaked the settings a bit to a point that I must say is stunning. I did use https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thx-tune-up/id592624594?mt=8
but noticed that every time you switch an input, or even the smart TV section, your settings are all independent. This did make it a little redundant having to port each setting back over, but once I was done with that I felt I had a great product.
I have turned off smart dimming and black detail and a few other settings and have not experienced the "blooming" or "Flashlighting" perhaps my unit is rare but I seem to love it.
However, my main reason for purchasing the unit was the 3D. My company produces lots of live 3D concert content. We work with artists and management and the smooth motion, same as LG's Tru-Motion actually creates a soap opera effect. It will take 23.98fps/24fps and creates a sudo 60fps effect. This is all well and good for live sports action that is shot in 60i but for film content, it completely distorts the cinematic element and style. After much disappointment with the smooth motion "Always On" in 3D mode, I was ready to just accept that and not invest in this model for our company road kits.
Until recently I did not try 3D content with the "Game Mode". This is where I need help since the manual has not proven to be that informative. On every other viewing mode such as standard, calibrated, vivid, computer, etc., The image that is displayed remains the same with color, hue, dimness, and other settings are adjusted. When I select "Game Mode" the image goes black and refreshes again with the "Game Mode".
Does this mean Game Mode is no longer 240Hz refresh rate? What happens when I select game mode. The most interesting thing that I noticed is that when in game mode and in 3D, the Smooth Motion is set to I believe medium and greyed out so you cannot adjust the setting. This is consistant with other viewing modes but the biggest different is that the soap opera effect is completely gone. I am an extremely technical person and I would like to understand what is happening.
From my test thus far, the crispness and action shots look to be outstanding in Game mode without having the distortion of smooth motion. I am finally completely satisfied with this and can say that compared to the LG models that we have in the office, it is crisper, offeres deeper blacks and creates more dimension.
I hope some of you can shed some light here, thanks!