LondonViking- No problem- Glad I could help.. Got the free calibration or otherwise know i would be looking online for a starting point as you did. Have done so in the past, so returning he favor.
DJStevie- Gamma setting was 0. I do not know what ABL even is, the more I learn about these things the more I realize how much I don't know lol. I also, do not know how to downgrade the firmware.. wish I could help more.
XeoNox- Correct- had it at 0, thanks. I do not know what "Cinema Smooth" is.
Tazz- Quite the difference right!? The room I put this had a 32 inch CRT before it, and it's incredible.
Mink-E- I know what you mean! I would suggest waiting a good few hundred hours before forking over money for calibration. Can do your own research, but my understanding is you should wait 150-200 hours minimum.
Shadowbox- Wish I could help, but really can't figure out a way to hook up my components in a way that will test that.. I do have optical for when watching cable on TV that runs from TV to a HTIB that works great... but the tv goes from box tv on co-ax as it is a good distance from the box... It works, but not in 5.1..... although if it was a 5.1 source, my best guess is that it would... sorry can't say for sure..
DCPerk- I also picked up a second unit recently because of how much I loved this set... Saw that price a couple weeks later and got reimbursed for the difference. At that price, this set is an absolute STEAL. As for playing with settings, I changed my second set to the calibration settings I posted from the first right away without issue... To my understanding, the only reason to wait is if you are paying to have it done, as the settings will change over the first 150-200 hours of use and will need to be recalibrated.... But I am by no means an expert.. Someone PLEASE correct me if there is more reason than that.
Glad I've been able to help with the settings, wish I knew more- but certainly appreciate the appreciation and will continue to periodically check in here to see if there is something I can help with.