Originally Posted by sealteamz6
So you're saying you should just watch regular tv for the first hundred hours or so and not break the tv in with tests slides? I don't know anything about the test slides. Did the people who have had ir issues break the tv in with tests slides?
I am not a tech guru with TVs as I mentioned in my original post, but I've had two plasma televisions in the past and never had any issue with burn-in.
It's only in now buying my third plasma and in participating in these forums that I've learned about test slides, and I'm understanding that using the test slides is specifically to age the television in a consistent manner with one particular person's calibration settings which everybody likes. Which is great. But I've seen no indication from anyone that test slides are a better way to break-in the television than just watching regular content with careful settings.
My method to break-in the television, and this is based on what was understood to be correct 7 years ago and again 5 years ago (the respective times I bought my other two sets) was that for the first 100 hours of so, you should keep contrast and brightness as low as possible and stretch all 4:3 pillar box content so that the content fits the entire screen.
To this end, I am running my new television with contrast levels at 50 and brightness at the default 0 (which would have been 50 on my previous sets as the new TV has a brightness range from -50 to +50). When watching TV during the day (which is rare), I'll boost contrast to 60 if it's too dark. These settings at night are not bad. Not optimal viewing for the first 100 hours but my understanding is that a bright station identifier (bug) is less likely to cause image retention if the TV contrast and brightness are set low.
After 100 hours, I am comfortable jacking up the settings because my understanding is that panels are more prone to IR and burn-in in the first 100 hours. This could all be my misconception, but it's worked for me with two televisions thus far and seems logical.
This is why I was asking what contrast and brightness settings people have been using because I'm curious if their settings are high.