Originally Posted by Zaden Alexander
I'm new here and am having some trouble finding these answers on the threads.
A few questions:
I'm getting my new samsung 51f8500 on Thursday and wondering what settings I should use for the first few hundred hours of usage before I have my set calibrated. Like, should I turn off some settings on the unit or what mode is best for the break in period.
Also, do I NEED to run the panels in order to be able to have better results with the calibration afterwards or is that used just to speed up the process?
Sorry if I missed it, but I've been looking for the pages with some good calibrated settings for the Samsung 8500 and can't seem to find them.
Thanks for the help guys and I'm really finding this forum helpful, you guys have definitely helped me with selecting the Samsung 8500!
for the first bit you just need to have some common sense and use 'good' home settings(ie get rid of dynamic store settings).
to start, I'd say:
-disable any 'features' like dynamic contrast, black level, etc
-switch to movie or standard picture mode(movie preferred)
-set color temp to warm1(warm2 if you are able to adjust 2pt/10pt white balance to fix the yellow/green push)
-set contrast to 95ish
-brightness should be somewhere between about 40-50, but set this with a test pattern
-you can leave color/tint at defaults
-turn sharpness down to 0-10(user preference)
-make sure color is set to auto(not native)
-black optimizer can/should be turned on to either dark room(if you almost always watch in a dark room and find the image plenty bright) or auto(if you watch in dark and bright room lighting, or want more brightness from the panel)
-you can adjust the cell light if you wish to dim the panel(it can be VERY bright for a dark room) or try turning eco mode on to low. neither is 'necessary' though if you like the brighter image.
try to avoid unnecessarily watching scope content, 4:3 content, or anything with high contrast static images/symbols. by all means, enjoy the tv, and watch a scope bluray. but after you're done, make sure to watch some full screen content to wipe away the IR. you will likely see IR during the first few hundred hours, just don't ignore it, and it'll clear up and after a while it'll take longer than 1 or 2 movies to even get noticeable IR.
the break in slides are just used to speed up the process. running the slides is a little more controlled, so 300hrs of running slides will age all the phosphors very evenly. to ensure the same aging of all phosphors with normal content may take longer since some colors will be used more than others. it's not a bad idea to run the slides occasionally at night to speed up the process, but there's no reason not to enjoy watching content right away.