Originally Posted by jboileau
Just curious if there are settings worth exploring from the defaults? Sometimes defaults are meant to be a good starting point and to work with the vast majority of TVs and AVRs. But which are worth trying out to see if it makes a difference in a particuler setup. For example, is it worth changing deep color to anything else than off?
Pick an explicit output resolution (e.g., 1080p) instead of Auto. Pick an explicit HDMI Color Space setting instead of Auto. You can leave Auto for 1080p/24 and for 3D Mode.
There is no pat answer as to the best combo of HDMI Color Space and Deep Color settings. It depends on details of how your AVR and Display handle the video -- which may mean picking settings that avoid bugs in them. To start, try HDMI Color Space YCbCr 4:4:4 and Deep Color 36-bit.
If you search the BDP-93 thread for a post by me discussing "Ratatouille", Blu-ray, you'll find one suggested method of deciding which combo works "best" for your gear. If you can not spot a reason to prefer the higher Deep Color settings, then leave it OFF as that puts less bandwidth on the HDMI cable (less chance of handshake problems cropping up).
Pick an explicit choice for HDMI Audio -- either LPCM or Bitstream at your preference -- rather than Auto. If you pick LPCM, then you can leave Secondary Audio ON all the time without risk of audio quality loss. If you pick Bitstream, then only turn on Secondary Audio when you want to use a disc feature that needs it (usually a PIcture in Picture Commentary track on a Blu-ray disc).
I suggest you leave the Picture Adjustment settings at their factory default (0) values. Make all video adjustments for calibration or personal preference in your Display. Use the Picture Adjustment settings (such as Noise Reduction) if you need an adjustment that the Display can not provide.
It is wise to get familiar with a good audio and a good video calibration disc so that you can check and make sure there isn't some silly setup mistake that you've overlooked. Modern TVs have a ton of screwy settings all described as "enhancements", most all of which should be taken out and shot. Do check that you've disabled such stuff, and use the calibration discs to verify that things are basically working correctly -- i.e., that you haven't missed a setting that still needs to be shot. I recommend Spears & Munsil, Blu-ray for video and the AIX Audio Calibration, Blu-ray for audio.