A mix of D-Nice's reference settings, the AVS disc, Disney WOW blu card, and eye. The color bars the avs disc recommended arre way oversaturated to me. I did however use the disc for checking black levels. I opted to crush 17 (there's still a smidge of power still going to it) just to give the image a bit more depth. These are set to my preference but my criteria was to not eye comfort, no crushed blacks, mild clipping was ok if it means a comfortable brightness, colors are rich but not over saturated, nice depth, looks good during both day and night, and scenes have a nice hd color "pop". I played with so many combinations during this time it's ridiculous. These settings have also been tested on over a dozen different sources from saved hd broadcast tv shows, sports games, espn, children's blurays, blurays with dark scenes or dark moods in general, Bluray nature docs (Samsara is awesome), nightly local hd news casts, etc. Colors were too washed out on anything 2.4 or brighter and no matter what I did to "fill" them in just wouldn't work. I loved the richness of 2.6 but there seemed to be a dull cast on the mids that made my eyes strain and I just couldn't get used to it.
Edited by stir fry a lot - 1/30/13 at 9:48pm