Originally Posted by SwampCat
I just read this WHOLE post. Now I ask myself, what did I do? Bear with me, I am LOW tech and getting up there in age. Reason for just getting a PN60F5300AFX, these old eyes. What happened to the days of buying a TV, plugging it in and watching it? Now I am scared to take this thing out of the box. Break in, REALLY? Slide bars, Huh? All the stuff I read sounded like Klingon. How do I tell if its a A or B model? My signal source is the antenna on the roof with a coax cable for now. All I want to do is watch TV and maybe some old movies, now I hear CDs are going to be Exstinct. This is why OLD people need to die, trying to keep up with NEW tech. just makes me crazy. Could 1 of you fine young technoids please EXPLAIN in plain english, if its even possible for me to make this thing work? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Hi there old timer
. The fact that you managed to register on these forums, read the entire thread and post an intelligible and appropriate comment means you are doing far better than 90% of today's youth
Welcome to AVS btw! My personal suggestion to you - Ignore everything you read on this thread. For someone who just wants to turn on the TV and watch stuff, just do exactly that.
My only suggestions to you would be:
In the picture settings (easy to access with the remote), Turn off Black Tone, Dynamic Contrast and Noise reduction. Set Black Optimizer to "Dark Room". Most importantly, set Sharpness to 0 (3 at the most). Sharpness is turned up wayy to much in the default settings. Turn off ECO mode in the settings, set Cell light level to 20. Brightness to ~48 and Contrast to 95. Keep Gamma at 0 or -1.
This will already give you a good baseline. Some further, optional things to consider/try:
For Daytime viewing, use "Standard" mode in the picture settings. Within this mode, set Color to 44 from the default of 50. Standard mode is a bit brighter than Movie mode albeit a bit less accurate (though you may not care for accuracy, so you might prefer sticking to standard mode)
For dark room viewing and for movies, I'd recommend "Movie" picture mode with Color at 50.
It's a great set, enjoy it! Don't worry about break in slides, etc. Those are only useful to those of us looking to calibrate the sets with meters as it helps age the panel out uniformly. The panel output changes a bit over the first few hundred hours, which makes reaching a stable baseline more important for calibration purposes.
As for burn-in, don't worry about it. As long as you aren't watching 4:3 content ALL the time, or the same channel with a bright logo ALL the time, you should be just fine. Mix up the content, and if you do any of the former things, then perhaps run the Scrolling pattern (found within the TV settings) for a couple of hours once a week or every other week.
PS - If you just bought the TV, it is definitely a B model. You can confirm by looking closely at some of the label/stickers on the TV box or on the label on the back of the TV panel. If it is PN60F5300A
FX it is an A model, if it is PN60F5300B
FX it is a B model. Most retailers still list it as AFX online as they haven't updated their listings, but the units being shipped out are BFX.