So last night, I spent a couple of hours going in and out of the secret menu and watching different shows. After about 10 times you access the secret menu, the button presses and speed at which you press buttons, becomes instinctive.
There's basically 3 options you can choose from:
-All DV and HDR off. This will turn it off whether it's Amazon, Netflix, you tube etc...no HDR or DV on anything.
-Open HDR (WILL FORCE hdr on either Netflix or Amazon) regardless of whether it's DV or HDR.
-Dolby vision, which will give DV on netflix, and HDR on Amazon (This is the standard factory preset the TV is delivered with).
This is what I found, and it's quite confusing.
1. Dracula looked much better without any open HDR and Dolby. It did not look too dark. I used normal mode all around.
2. Jack Ryan looked exponentially better in HDR, than without HDR.
3. The Messiah looked much better in DV than open HDR, and actually did not look that good when DV was turned off.
4. All you tube videos (go pro, 8k, 4k hdr, Oled tests, honey and wood, Sony food fizzles etc), all the ones we love) Definitely look better in HDR)
In all cases, my tv, in a dark room with ambient lighting behind it, DOES NOT DO WELL ON DARK MODES. It looks better on Normal and normal HDR.
I am actually questioning the Rtings calibration settings....maybe they were good a year or two ago and have become obsolete??