Thanks, that's a handy tip, since my living room has very little light control. You certainly know your equipment - I find most people don't bother to adjust or fiddle with anything once something's working acceptably.
Glad to help in any way I can!
I also find that many/most people don't bother to adjust their TV settings. I don't understand how people can pay thousands of dollars for their TV and spend a huge amount of time watching it, but they don't want to spend 15 minutes doing even a basic calibration with a movie that has the THX calibration feature on it! Why spend all that money to get a nice TV and then have the picture look like the picture of the cheapest TV. I don't know if people just don't care, or maybe they think the TV is already calibrated... I don't know? It's really a shame as they are missing out on half the movie with the brightness/contrast/color settings off.
Watching Tron: Legacy on a well calibrated theater in a darkened room is NOTHING like the experience you get watching it on a bad TV with sunlight beaming into the room! I think it's like comparing it to going to the movies or watching a movie on your iphone.
Maybe it's the fact that most people have not watched movies in home theaters where people like you and I spent the time calibrating and making sure the video and the audio is the best it can be and reflects the true limits of blu-ray technology.....
I actually had a personal experience where I had a friend visit us about 2 months ago and after getting a demo of my system he went home bought a pair of my martin logan speakers and a pioneer elite receiver. Basically, once he saw/heard what a good setup does he was motivated enough to spend close to $10,000 on good equipment within a few days! Granted, I understand that not everybody has the means to spend that kind of money, but it still illustrates the fact that many people have just "never heard a good system" and thus do not even know what they are missing out on! If all you've ever eaten is hamburger, then you never miss steak.
Oh well,... I guess I have to have more people over and "educate" them!