Originally Posted by ddardani
Congrats. My 6020 just arrived yesterday. You will not find anything in the manual about breaking in your plasma. It's mainly optional, and the people in this forum are more than willing to go the extra mile to maximize the PQ of their new purchases.
The break in itself is simply designed to work the plasma (gas) units slowly so that they ramp up to "reference" level properly and eventually fire evenly. Some folks do the same with a new car engine; some folks do the same when beginning a running regimen. The 150 hour period is the average time most forum users agree is about right (although some tout 170 hrs, or more). But again, it's optional. If you're not the type to care, or notice the subtle difference, then just enjoy your tv out of the box; tweak it and go.
The settings you mention are not laws that cannot be broken. The first batch, you can use either before, during, or after break in provided you are not using Evangelo's break in DVD/thumb slides. For that DVD/thumb slides, you crank up the settings to non watchable levels in order to maximize the DVD's primary color patterns. Thus, one should never watch regular content using the Evangelo's settings. But aside from that example, you are not forbidden from using other settings before, during, after your break in when breaking it in by normal viewing.
The second batch, as you read, is for when you have extra instruments (Control Cal) that help read your color setting outputs - RGB offsets. So, unless you are using those calibrating tools, skip it.
I, myself, plan on breaking in my 6020 by watching full screen content (HD HBO and HD Cinemax) using the first batch of settings (maybe turning down contrast and brightness a tad) for 150 hrs, and then readjusting the settings after 150 hrs by eye to my liking. I imagine they will be very close to the levels described in the first batch - with maybe very minor adjustments for my own tastes.
Good luck. If anyone has other insights, please feel free to share...
ddardani, congrats to you as well, and thanks for the reply/clarification. The process of wading through all this to sift out only information that might apply is painful, especially if you're a noob.
I initially configured the TV according to section 3.6.2 of the manual "Extending the Life of your Panel" (below), but have since selected Movie mode for the break-in period. While the colors are without a doubt more accurate in this mode, the quality is offset by the almost total lack of definition, making it difficult to watch. But for the purposes of breaking it in properly, that is what I will do. Needless to say, it won't remain this way for long. After the break-in period I'll try and attempt a happy medium between the two and see what happens.
Enjoy your 6020!
This function provides short-cuts to your panel’s longer service life. Your flat panel TV includes the Screen
Protection option. Activating this option causes the panel to automatically select the several different features
that can prolong the life of your panel and help alleviate after-image ghosts or burn-in. To set this option, follow
the steps below.
1 ) Access the Option through the Setup.
2 ) Select Screen Protection from the Option menu.
A confirmation screen appears.
3 ) Select Yes from the submenu.
The following settings are automatically entered:
•Auto Size: Wide-Zoom
•Side Mask - Detection: Mode 1
•Orbiter (AV source): Mode 1
•Orbiter (PC source): Mode 1
•Energy Save: Mode 1
•AV Selection: OPTIMUM (when DYNAMIC is selected for AV Selection)