Originally Posted by vincentfam
I do not use average picture level (apl) patterns, but just the regular ones. Also, as plasma said, I do not have the 10 pt. on my tv. I use the ganging method to level out gamma.
I have seen black crush before, which gives me a headache while watching. My current settings do not cause headaches. This, however, does not mean that you are wrong. You could be absolutely correct.
Even if the black clipping pattern shows 17 and up flashing, you could still be crushing blacks; with higher gammas and black tone (if you don't have enough contrast ratio/deep enough black levels), you end up crushing together the steps near-black so that they appear distinct from black/the background (16) but not from each other (17-25 or so). You appear to be doing so given the rather bright black level of your TV (0.039 fL) and the 2.35 gamma combined with aggressive use of the black tone setting. I would also consider using the patterns Zoyd has suggested in place of those what you use now since the new patterns should be more representative of real program material and therefore give you a better picture with more shadow detail.
I'd make the following changes to your calibration (ignoring white balance for the moment):
1) Start with Movie mode
2) Turn off Black Tone
3) Keep average gamma around 2.3 to 2.35
4) Use APL patterns instead of the typical windows