I have had my 5020 for about a month. It has been through about 75 hours of the break-in. When watching HDTV, I have always used D-Nice's movie mode settings. From day one, I have always been a little disappointed with the slightly washed out, bland look of the picture. Blacks were great, detail was great, skin tones great but everything seemed a little soft. A little grainy. Just a little. I have never had an LCD, I do not like LCD pictures and do not like the pictures as displayed in most TV stores.
Last night I was watching the North Carolina/Michigan State Championship game. I played a lot of basketball growing up and have watched a lot of basketball live. As I was watching the game last night in movie mode, it just did not look realistic. In particular, the white uniforms of N.C. did not look particularly white or realistic. Neither did the gym floor. I started playing around with all the TV modes for about 45 minutes, constantly switching among them. After much experimentation, standard mode seemed to produce the most lifelike, real picture as measured by my experiences of being in a gym and at many games. The NC uniforms were a crisp white as I know them to be in real life. The gym floor had the natural look and high gloss that I know gym floors to have. Not as pleased with the skin tones in standard mode but overall, the picture seemed much better to me. Quickly and constantly switching back and forth between movie and standard mode, it seemed movie mode lays over a light yellow/tan haze over everything.
Granted that this was a sporting event and not a movie, and thus, maybe movie mode is not optimized for this type of viewing. But I wish there was just one mode that I could leave on for everything. I am not the type that will change modes based upon programming material.
As I said, standard mode was not perfect but seemed better. And I know the idea is to find a setting that looks good to you, personally. But given the almost overwhelming majority acceptance of movie mode as the "best" setting to use, I am wondering why? Am I missing something here? And is there a way to retain the more realistic look of standard mode but tone down the "pop" factor just a little? Improve skin tones?
It just feels like I am breaking some kind of cardinal rule of Kuro ownership by preferring a mode other than movie.