Originally Posted by triumphrider74
..... I've had the 60ST50 in my amazon.com cart for some time now and I pulled the trigger yesterday. Scheduled delivery is on Friday. I am planning on following the instructions on DNice's calibration technique. Is there anything else that I need to know?
....... Primary use is for U-Verse watching and Home theater with occasional gaming via X-Box Kinect or Wii console......
There has been a lot of debate about break-in procedure (prefer to use the term "aging," but the concept is the same).
Even though we do not Exclusively use slides to in our "New Panel Aging Routine," we have done so with earlier panels, and see no inherent problem with the procedure - with one minor quibble: do not believe that "100 hours" is sufficient time to judge the ultimate PQ of a 2011 / 2012 Panasonic plasma.
One respected (to the best of my knowledge) B&M store will - for a fee - age your panel for 150 hours, and then have it professionally calibrated before shipping.
And there have been a handful of posts stating that Panasonic recommends 250 hours prior to doing a calibration on one of their Professional panels.
Finally, and FWIW, we were told EARLY in 2012, by a "real" Pan Svc Tech (not the local service firm), that the (2011) panels required "500 hours to fully settle in."
In our family, we've had experience with 7 2011 Pan plasmas (8 technically, but one arrived with a broken screen....) & one 2012 (our current 60ST50): EVERY ONE of those panels, that were kept Beyond 500 hours, (4 2011s & the 2012) showed improvements in their overall
PQ as the panel aged over that time period - or even beyond. (Alas, our two longer term 60ST30s fell prey to a Specific Flaw, even though the panels DID improve in other PQ areas; the 60ST50 replaces the second of those two panels.)
Obviously this is personal opinion, and based upon a limited sample size, but I would encourage you to Deliberately "age" the panel during the Amazon return period, and not "give up" on it too soon, barring some Obvious FLAW.
Please note that while our current aging routine is designed to get the panel (at least....) past the 250 hour mark as quickly as seems reasonable, we will begin watching "normal" - albeit Primarily Full-Screen - content within a few days of ownership, while continuing to run slides / other "aging" content during what would otherwise be "down time" for the panel.
While I DO see the logic behind running 100 to 150 hours of slides - and applaud the generosity of D'Nices posted settings & the attendant prep - we prefer not to wait that long before "enjoying" a new set - and haven't had any blow up on us yet....
Best of luck with your new panel - hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we have ours!
(PS: for all of the family sets that were delivered from Amazon, the delivery crew mounted the panel to the stand, inspected for obvious physical damage, and either actually plugged the set in & made certain it worked, OR signed a form stating that the set was NOT TURNED ON due to having been transported in cold weather - thus providing a degree of safety for the purchaser.)
Up too late watching the election returns - brain getting fuzzy!