What are the ideal calibration settings on a Panasonic TH-50PX80/85U plasma?
I just bought a Panasonic TH-50PX85U plasma tv and it looks solid but I'm not convinced that I have the right calibration settings (e.g. picture, brightness, color, tint, etc). Can someone please share their experience and/or point me to a website that is a good resource for this?
Answer from Panasonic TSR
No one can really tell you for sure what the settings should be as all models - even those from the same product line of the same model - will not look exactly the same in...
1. certain viewing conditions
2. based on service menu settings from the factory.
There is no strict guideline for the engineers to calibrate by - it's all independent - so the best way to properly calibrate your set at home is to...
1. Purchase a calibration disc - such as AVIA or Digital Video Essentials.
2. Hire a professional calibration expert.
A lot of the settings that others have come up with for the best picture will probably give you a really good reproduction on your set - but there's no way to guaratee that it's going to be perfect. If I had the same set and we put the same settings on both side by side - they may still look differently, basically.
Hope this helps. I'll try to find something about optimum settings just to get you started (a guideline, basically) and that should definitely help but may not be exact.
[["Whatever you do with the settings, make sure to turn the picture setting from vivid to normal or theater."]]
Exactly - this is part of the break-in period. Proper calibration would have you set the amount of light output - also - which would basically mean changing to these settings, anyway... or changing the settings manually for each mode so that changing the default mode wouldn't matter. I should have mentioned that the television should be in Standard or Cinema/Studio Reference mode for a minimum of the first 100 hours, but preferably the first 150 to 200 hours to help alleviate image retention in the future. This is just a guideline, however, as you can effectively change the settings in each picture mode to be equivalent.
Also, it's obviously best to wait to do a proper calibration on the television until after the break-in period has been exercised. Also, allow the television to be on for at least 20 to 30 minutes before calibrating it (if you so decide) to allow it to "warm up".
[["Vivid will burn in before the first 200 hrs."]]
Not true. The break-in period helps to alleviate image retention in the future and to keep the phosphors from aging so quickly - it doesn't mean that it will cause "burn-in" (which is the wrong terminology, btw) within the first 200 hours.
Burn in is different than image retention. There is a bit of confusion about the terminology. The term image retention is where an image is temporarily "burned" onto the screen - usually alleviated by normal viewing over a short period of time. Screen burn is when this is permanently fixed onto the screen and requires service to correct. Burn-in is a testing period the sets go through during manufacturing to help determine the failure rate - of which Panasonic has the lowest, btw at less than 2%.
[["Always make sure you have the picture zoomed in at all times also and never leave stationary images left on and never pause the screen."]]
This, also is not completely true. You can leave stationary images on the screen as long as it's not for more than 15% of the viewing week after the break-in period. The viewing week is based on an average of 7 hours per usage a day - so at 49 hours, 15% is equivalent to about 7.5 hours. Quite a bit of time, truthfully.
[["I called Panasonic and they told me to switch vivid to normal or theater and the other features were just a matter of personal taste. I don't know about calibration dvd's I just didn't find I needed them"]]
This is a bit ironic that these statements SEEM meant to almost contradict mine when it's quite possible that I may have been the one you spoke with when you called Otherwise, I completely agree. The picture settings should be a matter of personal taste and many people get way too caught up in the calibration game concerned with getting everything "accurate". The DVDs only serve to make it worse. Put it this way - the televisions are calibrated out of the box. The cinema/studio ref. modes are calibrated to make the picture look as closely as possible to reference monitors used in professional studios for video editing. Other than a few minor adjustments needed based on your conditions - this is an accurate reproduction of that. In the case of calibration, this service is meant to get your picture looking as close as possible to that which meets the standards. However, you may not like the way the picture looks when it matches the standards - which is why the settings are adjustable, anyway. If calibration is supposed to be the almighty way to get the best picture and ideally all manufacturers built their sets to absolutely conform - then what would be the point of even including the adjustments?
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• 1 day ago
Source(s): Panasonic TSR