Originally Posted by JD575
I am a newbie to plasmas and I have gleamed great info from these threads. So I finally pulled the trigger on a 600m, but I am a little confused about the setup of the video modes. Do owners/calibrators recommend keeping the TV on Pure Mode for all inputs? I also bought an Oppo 83 and a Denon 2310. Both use the Anchor Bay 2010.
Do cable SD signals work well if they are up converted through the receiver in this mode?
Also should I run the break-in disk prior to calibration by a ISF certified tech??
If you are going to have your set calibrated, it is recommended that you let the set break in for 150 hours or so. The panels performance changes slightly over this time, so you don't want to have it calibrated until it has "settled in".
The purpose of D-Nine's specific break in procedure is so that you can use his settings without having it calibrated. This does not take into consideration manufacturing differences between units of the same model. For many people, this is not an issue and they are very happy with the D-nice settings after his break in.
If you are going to have the set calibrated, than you can run whatever break in procedure you want (ie watching full screen materiel for 150 hours, etc), and then calling your calibrater.
As far as the video modes, I would encourage you to look at all of them, and try some of the recommended settings and see what you think. Pure mode is the most accurate. Only you can tell if this "most accurate" picture is what you want.
Some people feel Pure is "dim". It is definitely dimmer than the other modes, but that is because it is designed to be viewed in a "light controlled environment". I have MANY windows in my viewing area, so I just cranked up the brightness a bit. For me this works great.
If you are going to have the set calibrated, I would activate the ISF modes and get the best performance you can from the panel. If you are not going to have it calibrated, than I would see how you like the different modes, and then see if you want to activate the ISF modes.