Over the years it's pretty much just like you describe, as others on AVS would say to do, or I would do myself. Those are great ways to find your own preferred levels. I was just concerned with those two words, edge enhancement, that the impression was given that's how it works and know how hard they had to and Larry still does have to fight against being categorized as working in similar fashion to many other "sharpening"only techniques. Take them out and your procedure is very helpful.
I have two displays currently using the original Darblet or the "Darbee", as I affectionately call it because so many here have said the Darbee over the years. One is a still working very well and loved 61" LED DLP Samsung RPTV and the other is my current projector in long line of JVCs, an RS500. I can be much more set and forget with the Samsung and at much higher levels with the HD setting as you say. There is something about the wobulation process, maybe it's a tad softer than a straight 1080P DLP single chip. You get so used to it looking at that level you're happy with that when it is turned off, whoa!! the image looks less focussed and softer, not as clear. I only have it in line with my DirecTV tuner and not my bluray player or Roku streamer. Just using the 3 HDMI ports with no switcher. Although LOL ..... light bulb just went off in my head typing this, that I do have a small, good switcher not being used in my main theater that I should think about putting in line with the Sammy so I can use the Darbee with the Roku unit and bluray player also. Duh.
The JVC projectors though with my much larger image coming off of an old school 2.8 Hi Power screen, I am always playing with the settings on my now five and a half year old original Darblet and remote and power unit. Have had great luck with the 3 pieces and only had to replace the battery in the remote one time. Occasional resets needed on both Darblets when either inexplicably as others have long reported, resets itself becoming 120 Full Pop with brightest red lettering persistent on the bottom of the screens. Small price to pay.
As you say, the comparison with a still frame or in regular motion by turning the processing on and off with the particular source you're watching is the easiest and quickest way to judge how much you want before it looks over processed. The better and cleaner the source the more effective it can be and higher settings can be used if one prefers. I watch a lot of Lakers basketball and other sports and best transfer blurays of movies. With TNT broadcasts of games some are just gorgeous they are so clean. I run it higher than on a broadcast which might be a little noisy. But with the toggling off and on with a higher setting I am always struck with as you mention people sitting in the crowd, such as during free throws, and with the players as well faces how this "roundness" wraps itself around those faces. Sharper yes. More detailed yes. But definitely more dimensionality and roundness of details in the picture as well from that 2D source. 3D too for that matter. Pacific Rim with that RS500 and the Darblet in 3D .... OMG!!
Last edited by RonF; 11-17-2016 at 11:38 AM.