I haven't been switching between modes much, and I've been sticking with the standard mode tweaked (as described). I have dabbled in the other advanced features (Black Levels, Dynamic Contrast etc etc) within the standard mode with varided success. Next step is to actually read what they're supposed to accomplish and make decisions on that basis too. I did run the picture wizard, very similar to an LCD monitor tuner. It improved things a bit, but I don't think my particular panel wasn't very far off. Only a few notches away to dial it in perfect.
I'm going to throw an HDMI cable on the Satbox because I do have the ability to stream 1080p content via DirectTV. It's a buffered PayPerView type of set up. So that issue is solved. I believe though component can go up to 720p/1080i. The DVD player is being moved to the bedroom, and a PS3 or BluRay player is coming soon.
My current firmware version is 4.00.16. I'm going to leave it as is till I know what the panel's strengths and weaknesses are. Otherwise I won't know if an update improved anything. And I'd like to hear from a decent sampling size about the newest version.
My DSL line runs about 1500/310. Not bad but about a 3rd of burst cable in the area. I'm actually very close to the CO, and I think they offer a commercial line but I couldn't justify the price. I have Comcast Cable as an option too. But the problem with the Comcast service is it's laggy as hell for gaming. I live in an older neighborhood of clustered single family homes, and when I bought this house I had both services so I could test each in the same server (I'm an FPSer and SimRacer). The Comcast was brutal. The DSL on the other hand was rock solid for gaming. No lag and I rarely if ever disconnect. I've gone on 7 hour marathons without a single hiccup. My BFBC2 stats: http://bfbcs.com/stats_pc/disfigured
The other problem with Comcast is the best price is the bundled package and I'll never give up my DirectTV Sat Dish. The picture is much better with the Dish. I've seen Comcast feeds and they just don't make the cut IMO.
I'm intrigued about the second DSL line. My current line only costs $22.00/month. And while it's slow for streaming, it's very reliable and as I've said I'm a killer on the Battlefield with it. A second one properly networked, DMZ'd and QOS'd (nothing can interfere with my gaming), might be just the ticket. Thanks for the suggestion.
I'd preferred a wired connection. My TV and cabinet are hung. The cabinet is "floating" and all the wires run from behind it, to behind the TV (even the power cable) so the TV and cabinet truly look floating. The other side of the wall the TV is on is "The Den". I've been seriously thinking of cutting an access panel so I can get to the backs of my components. Running Cat5s via this access panel would be easy. The phone line that contains the DSL is right there.
I may forgo all of it though, as I don't have an FB page (got rid of the one I had), nor a Twatter account. I'm 50 and I tend to still separate my technologies. PC's for gaming and surfing, TV's for broadcast and BluRay. I rarely watch anything on my PC and vice versa I'm not too interested in surfing on my TV. As far as I know.
My only motivation to get the TV "online" is for NetFlix. Ironically I don't like much TV (PBS and NHL hockey for the most part). I don't watch many prime time shows and don't subscribe to any pay channels like HBO. But when I did have a NetFlix free trial I loved watching all the old TV series and other things available on it (just not on my PC that much). Plus the newer content on mailed BluRay's will be nice too, since I don't own a single BluRay as of now.
Thanks everyone and good luck with your TVs.