Originally Posted by AustinJerry
Unfortunately, we have no definitive documentation with respect to what is happening "under the covers" with the different scenes. Whenever I read a professional reviewer's assessment of a television, it always seems that they choose the Cinema mode because it does the least amount of processing, whatever that means.
I have actually run a calibration in General/Custom mode, and the results were not noticeably different than the Cinema mode.
As far as whether the calibration is appropriate for all types of content, I think it is. There are others who favor a more vivid picture when watching sports. It's a preference thing. However, if you want accuracy, leave the settings alone for all types of content. Exception--when watching 3D, increasing brightness and backlighting is recommended.
I've been using your settings and they look prefect to me with all content, except gaming. I also can't comment on sports, I only watch US football and the season hasn't started. I would presume vivid may be better for color saturation as the "true" colors aren't as important as a highly saturated picture. But as you've mentioned a number of times, it's preference.
For gaming, I'd recommend gamers try game mode or general with the palette set to warm 1, maybe neutral. Warm 2 with graphic content doesn't look true to the graphic content (to me). Technically, it may be accurate, but I don't know how each developer is handling final color treatment. Warm 2 doesn't look right. Warm 1 doesn't subdue the inherently vivid colors of many games nearly as much. Found neutral to be a bit too over the top, but still better than warm 2. Also, neutral is the default color palette for game mode. I'd like to think Sony has some idea of what's most appealing in game mode given their experience, but that's just conjecture.
EDIT: also, gama at -2 (2.4) absolutely crushes some native blacks in the games I've played. Most games offer a gamma correction, but I've found it better to adjust the tv game mode to gamma 0 (2.2). Warm 1, gamma 0, all other settings off has worked very well for my eyes. I turn smoothing on (general scene) for games that don't require twitch reflexes. I Use game mode with no motion flow now for FPS' that run at 60fps.
Anyway, AJ, I love your settings. Film and movies look absolutely life like. I'm far more drawn to a natural, director intended picture than an artificially vivid one. That being said, those 4k demo reels playing at retail look awfully luscious set at full blast on vivid. My god, the strawberries! I can totally see why tv's are set on demo mode. Watching that 4k footage side by side on a demo mode panel, then a closely calibrated one is night and day. If I were uniformed, there's no way I'd but the calibrated panel tv. It looks so dark and desaturated.
It's a shame really. I'd love to walk into a best buy and see nothing but closely calibrated panels to compare to one another. But alas, the sexy vivid picture sells