Originally Posted by rodddogg
Thanks so much for the quick response! I have a few questions for you if you could please answer them.
1. When you are saying full screen content I'm assuming anything on my Verizon Fios on HD but would i have to zoom or something to get rid of those damn logos networks put in/commercials that have the bars?
2. Is there a particular contrast & brightness setting/number I should have it during this break in period? ie. cranking settings to the far end.
2. Would you recommend not playing any content containing the black bars on top and bottom & side to side (sorry have no idea what the terms are lol). Can I not watch or even test any movies I have ripped on my NAS? Or even no gaming within the first few hundred hours? I don't want to do anything that will hinder this TV's capability of being the best it could possibly be.
Thanks so much the help. I'm a straight noob.
1. as long as it's not 4:3 or 2.35:1 content for hours on end, you should be fine. the key is variety. IR only becomes an issue if you watch the same thing over and over. I tend to spend about 2-3hrs a day sometimes on the internet reading forums and what not(my f8500 is also my pc monitor btw), which would be a serious issue if that was all I used it for. but I also watch tv, movies, play video games. so it all kind of evens out. it's just that for the first few hundred hours, the phosphor seem to age more noticeably, so ir might start to present itself after watching just a single movie(the letterbox bars), it'll go away quickly, but you wouldn't want to do a whole movie marathon right away. after many hrs, the phosphor stabilize a bit more, so it takes longer for IR to occur. you can probably watch that movie marathon, and only get a hint of IR that vanishes within minutes of full screen content.
2. from the reports I've seen, the samsungs work 'best' with a contrast of around 95, and cell light left at 20. changing either of these actually affects other aspects of the picture. I have my brightness set somewhere around 44 iirc. but it's best to grab a test disc, or download the avs patterns and do a basic 'by eye' calibration for that. setting the brightness is a pretty simple, but super important thing. if it's turned up too high, it totally destroys the picture quality and everything looks washed out like the worst lcd you've ever seen. if it's set too low, the blacks look great, but you lose all the detail in the shadows. adjusting the things like color, gamma, etc are also important, but they are more difficult, and likely wouldn't have a big affect on IR anyway. there's plenty of calibrations you can try in the f8500 calibration thread. I would advise trying one or two as a STARTING point. every panel is a little different, so you should expect to make a couple of tweaks afterwards. if it doesn't look good, don't just assume it's correct.
2(the second one
). I'm totally making up this arbitrary number, but I feel like if you maintain about a 2:1 ratio of full screen vs black bars, you should be ok. that is, if you watch a 2hr movie, watch 4hrs of regular tv before you do the next movie. and again, this won't really be necessary after a few months. the point is just don't get carried away and if you notice IR, take that as a hint you should do something else soon. I have an older plasma(Samsung pn50b530) in my living room, and for some stupid reason almost ALL the channels I get through the cable box are 16:9 broadcast as 4:3 with black bars top and bottom, so I end up with a stretched out image that still has black bars. every couple of weeks I notice some IR from those black bars that are on 90% of the time, so I zoom in for a couple days and 'wash' away the IR. it seems like a basic thing to me, but I've seen at friends homes where they clearly haven't done this, and over the course of a year or two that IR becomes very noticeable, and even annoying/distracting. whenever you're not REALLY paying attention, it's best to zoom in to get a full screen. I've never personally had any issues with things like score overlays, or channel logos. I find the commercial breaks(either actually watching the commercials or me flipping to another channel) is more than enough to prevent any IR from occurring. if you're the type to leave CNN on in the background for 8hrs every day, that might be a different story...
but really, when we're talking about IR on this set, we're talking in terms of hours. you can do just about anything for a few minutes and it won't matter. you may see ir but it'll go away in seconds. what you need to watch out for is doing something for HOURS on end. play your video game, watch a movie, that's fine. just don't do it for 20hrs in row