Originally Posted by Silencers
After reading the latest news that plasma is soon to be no more, I've decided to try to look for either Samsung or if I'm lucky VT60 to replace my trusty but old LG 60PK950.
Samsung F8500 was nowhere to be found around here (Eastern Europe), but I managed to order new 65" VT60, which made me really happy (was not expecting these to be anywhere). Now, I'm waiting for the new TV to arrive next Friday, and I wanted to ask a few questions to this thread veterans (I've tried, but it's really impossible to check all 14k messages here to find the answers myself).
1. I'm a bit worried that "new in the box" might a "refurbished" or
something. What can I check when the TV arrives to make sure it's really new?
2. Are there any general issues that some VT60 owners found early that caused them to replace their TV?
3. Were there any modifications during the lifetime of the model that I need to be aware of?
4. What are the general recommendations for breaking in VT60?
5. With my current plasma I was always setting letterboxed movies to have grey bars instead of black to even the burnout. Do I still need to do that with VT60?
6. I'm planning to use THX settings for everything (Movies, TV, Xbox), since professional calibration is not an option here. Is this a good enough option? If I'm trying to calibrate myself using some Blu Ray disks, will I achieve better results?
1) You can check the hours via the Menu, Help, Version, Status Line 4 (ie: C1350-00000 means 1350 hours are on the TV).
2) Fan noise is an issue for some of these TV. Depending on the date your TV was manufactured, a foam fix may be available. Some of these sets appear to be more prone to IR.
3) You can break-in with normal content. Just be careful of having bars and static images on the TV for the first 100 hours. DNice slides are designed to be used if you plan to have the TV calibrated and don't want to wait until you hit 500 hours. But people still use the slides anyway.
4) see #3
5) Not needed if you watch varied content.
6) THX Bright is not bad out of the box. But, the Pixel Orbitor doesn't work on the THX settings. I found I liked sillysallies setting better. But they are close to the THX settings. If you have a meter and know what your doing, you may be able to get better results. But will depends on your level of skill level and the quality of your meter.
Enjoy your TV!