I've been sifting through this thread repeatedly, hoping to find recommended "calibration" settings for the Sharp Aquos LC-60SQ15U, as I recently procured this set from BestBuy. This was an insurance replacement to my 2012 Panasonic 55UT50. I do realize the new Sharp is not a plasma, but of all the available "comparable" sets in the store (price being a major factor), the Sharp 60SQ produced what I thought to be the best picture in terms of contrast, color, deep blacks, smoothness, and connectivity/features, etc.
I really do miss the Panasonic, as it was my first plasma and its image and inky blacks were gorgeous, but it suffered the dreaded 8-blinks board error in only 2 years of moderate home use, and they have since discontinued them. A repair wasn't even possible (we waited on the part for nearly 60 days, repeatedly rescheduling GeekSquad appointments before they finally admitted it was never going to come).
At any rate, the Sharp 60SQ15U has been delivered to my house, and the image (color, contrast, clarity, black levels, etc) is all quite worse looking than the in-store demo setup, though admittedly still pretty decent as compared to most TV's.
I've noticed many posts in this thread referring to AVmaniac's excellent calibration settings for this product line, but due to my relative unfamiliarity with the forum, I wasn't able to find them. Could anyone relink them here, or PM a link to me? Basically, the TV factory settings are horrible, and I do not have a calibration disc. I'm just looking for something reasonable that other's (likely far more experienced than me) have come up with, at least as a starting point for any changes to my personal taste.
I know this set is very powerful, and can produce an amazing picture with deep blacks and vivid colors. Right now it just seems pretty muted and flat to me though... FWIW, our typical usage includes HD Digital Cable, XBOX gaming, Netflix streaming, DVD/BluRay movies, and one potential "wild card" - lots of Ice Hockey.
Anyway, many thanks in advance to anybody with advice or direction for finding recommended settings!