Originally Posted by rahzel
Not much else you can do when you're sitting at home sick.
Hey man, hope you get to feeling better! Thanks for all the advice!
Originally Posted by dzt41j
If you have a bright room the gt50 has the 'bright room' mode which makes it very easy to watch the sety in the daytime, then simply change the mode at night.
Does anyone have actual experience with this, does it work great?
I take it the ST50 doesn't have that? My room is always pitch black, I have blinds with a curtain that claims it blocks 99% of the light out, I like to sleep till noon sometimes but I can't sleep in a bright room.
I guess that's good for the plasma though
Originally Posted by rahzel
D-Nice actually calls them prep slides, and the purpose of them is to prepare the panel the same way his reference panel was to eliminate that variable to get the best results possible when you plug his settings in. If you don't plan on using his settings, then there's no need to run them. Calling them break-in slides might give the wrong idea.
edit: I'm guessing you guys are talking about the break-in DVD in the sticky. IMHO, you don't need to run those either. I would just do what I recommend below.
Basically during the first 100-150 hours or so is when plasma TV's phosphors shift the most, so if you're getting your set professionally calibrated, you don't want to waste your money on doing it out of the box, only for the panel to significantly shift away from accuracy after 100-150 hours. You could call this the break-in period.
Some say to keep the Contrast down to avoid burn-in/image retention, but others say that plasmas are no more or less susceptible to IR/burn in in the first 100-150 hours. My opinion is to just set contrast to a comfortable level, avoid static images for long periods of time, watch fullscreen content, and especially mix up your viewing content for the first 100 hours. You want to age the phosphors somewhat evenly before you get it calibrated. Setting the contrast higher actually ages the phosphors faster, but only do this if you can completely avoid static logos.
After the break in period, you don't have to watch fullscreen content all the time, but I would still mix up your viewing content and avoid static logos for long periods of time. And whatever you do, don't use Vivid mode. This applies to all models/plasmas. The break-in process is pretty much the same for any plasma. The only thing that might be different from model to model is how long you have to wait before you start calibrating, but generally it's between 100-200 hours. 100 hours is long enough to wait before you can calibrate the 2012 Pannys. Of course, waiting longer doesn't hurt.
I would like to have it calibrated at some point but I'm not sure how much it usually cost...
When you say full screen content, do I set the plasma to a full screen setting somewhere? Most of my blu-rays leave the black strips across the top and bottom of our tv.... I thought when you set it to full screen it cuts some of the movie off? That would be a issue as I hate that... I could live with it for the first 150 hours or so though.
When you say mix up the viewing content, do you mean like dark and light movies, some news, and random tv shows stuff like that?
After about 200 hours, can I game on it for about a hour or two without issues? I don't usually game for several several hours (3-4+) anyways.
Ok skip the Vivid mode gotcha ya!
What mode should I run it in for the first 150-200 hours? Or should I run it on custom with everything turned down a little?
I think I'll shoot to have it calibrated around 200 hours, is there someone you all have had great luck with?
Does the ST have that screen wipe thing? I read about it in another thread that after movies, you just run it and then the TV will shut off. What do you guys think of that feature?