My settings are posted in the settings DOC created here ... and about I don;t know 5/6/7 or so pages back.
The one MAIN thing that helps and also knocks down the LB is Auto-Brightness on High! Then I tweaked a bunch settings from there and really my blacks are pretty damn good! I'm running the 70" though and it seems as if there a lot differences from that series (60/70/80) then the others so not sure the effect it has on the 55" sizes and what not.
The Smart Dimming on these TV's is pathetic .... I would never run that junk .... I spent a lot of time trying to find the right picture and advanced settings that looked awesome, cut down on the light bleed, kept the black good, and overall looked great without the Un-Smart-Dimming On.
But yes the Auto-Brightness was one KEY factor in getting it all dialed in and is a must to help with the LB and other issue when not using the pointless SD.
The main issue I hated with the SD was the slow reaction time to lighting things when watching things navigating menus etc, the blooming drone me nuts seeing lighting across the black screen to illuminate something in the middle ... really kills the viewing experience and overall picture ... and now your issue .... you can see what happens when you use that .... I was SHOCKED that CNet recommended that on with their settings ... Just Crazy to me.
Edited by falconman515 - 7/3/13 at 10:08pm