Originally Posted by Brooks Carter
On Sony TV's you have to select either cinema or game as the scene selection to have access to all the picture modes otherwise you only get the basic 3 to choose from.
On the R550, if you choose Scene Select: Cinema or Game, some of the options will be greyed out. Use Scene Select: General to unlock all of the adjustment options (Motionflow, gamma, etc).
Regarding some of the individual options... (only my 2c... don't take as gospel)
Backlight - Tis better to go lower here and boost the Picture (contrast) than starting with MAX backlight and dialing down the contrast. Try for the lowest backlight setting you can get away with.
Color temperature - Warm is too saturated, whereas cool sets the color temperature way too high (bluish ghost-bright whites). I use neutral.
Motionflow and Cinemotion - Both OFF. I don't like the soap opera effect.
Adv. Contrast Enhancer - Awful. Destroys detail and color gradations. Never use it.
Black Corrector - Ditto. Turn it off. Crushes blacks and shadow detail.
Gamma - leaving at zero until I can measure the slope w/colorimeter. Might use 1, 2, or 3 in conjunction with brightness tweaks... jury is out until then. Can't imagine going -1, -2, or -3 since blacks are already inky-dark on this set.
Clear white - Raises the color temperature of white, which only seems useful when using a color temperature of warm. If you like warm color temperature, try setting it to high. Otherwise, off... neutral is high enough without it.
Live color - YUK. Every setting looks artificial. Better to notch up the color setting if desired.
LED Motion Mode - OFF! Even if it supposedly works, the tradeoff is a noticeably dimmed screen. No thank you.
Currently using Custom
backlight - 5-7 range
picture - 75-85 range
brightness - 53
color - 49 (44 for Time Warner content since they juice the color in my 'hood)
hue - 0
sharp - 2
color temp - neutral
everything else off
Really, not much else to tweak unless a hidden service menu option is available. Or if future firmware updates unlock more settings.Edited by Nick Dangerous - 5/26/13 at 5:24pm