Originally Posted by jamese777
What have you found to be "the right material", if you don't mind me asking.
Disclaimer: Not an "expert", but as I understand it, the thinking behind the brighter high temp settings is that they should look better to most people on brighter environments, in more light. Movies are optimized to watch in low light. Hence a "Sports" settings has behind it the idea that sports are played and shown in more light or in daytime. My eyes find some validity there.http://www.chooseyourtv.com/colortemp.html
As a general rule, warm settings are preferred for viewing movies, or in darkened environments.
Cooler settings are better for daylight viewing like sporting events because it enhances brightness.
Even for instance on a nature disk like HD Planet Earth, (shot on digital rather than film?) or the Galapagos Blu-ray video when the nature scenes are shot in high daylight you might try both movie mode and something like Sport or Performance. I find it looks good both ways but judge for yourself.
On the other hand on the darker scenes such as in caves or scenes with a lot of shadow detail the weakness of the "torch" modes can be easily seen in comparison.
Other content like video games can be also vary a lot. Some are darker and have lots of detail while others use more solid basic colors with not a lot of detail to worry about "crushing" either way.
Although movie mode was fine too, a concert such as Dave Matthews BD I watched was quite good under the high stage lighting of the concert using several of the non-movie modes etc. Matter of preference.
ISF calibrated settings however are particularly optimized with movie film makers and their production standards in mind so the HD ISF calibrated setting should tend to be esp. superior across the board for movies, although on SD material there could be some debate too and maybe even best with a separate setting...