I purchased this TV back a couple of weeks ago when BB had a one-day sale. Great price, but the timing ... not so great.
I had already scheduled a complete renovation for my apartment (beginning the following week and was planning on purchasing the F5300B when my work was completed at the end of last month. Well, it took an extra week so finally I am off to pick-up the TV, now that the rain has stopped.
I am coming from a 32" LCD (an A550 series Samsung from over 5 years ago) and this will be my first, and apparently last, plasma. I will be using this TV has my primary viewing device for everything that I watch. I almost exclusively watch content, [which comprises ~75% TV, ~25% Movies, (and only Game, an XBox 360, once in a blue moon)], in the evening hours for about 4-5 hours on most days. I will be sitting about 8ft away, in a fairly light controlled room. No lights, no windows, directly in front of the screen, but the TV is mounted in front of a large bay window (with curtains drawn, of coarse).
To my questions:
I am interested in learning the best ways to check for any possible major defect just in case I need to have them re-order the TV before they all disappear for good.
Based on reading several of the threads related to the F5300 series (both A & B versions), my list currently includes:
1) stuck pixels
3) "green lines"? - horizontal or vertical
[Please, correct and/or explain any and all, if needed.]
Although I am aware of answers related to some in the list, my specific concern is:
"How to check for these properly while adhering to the typical break-in-period restrictions (see below) on some of the settings?"
Typical Break-in-Period Restrictions
I know I should keep the Cell Light, Contrast and Brightness settings lower.
"But, what is the highest setting I should set the Cell Light, Contrast, and Brightness to?"
"How long should this Low-Setting break-in period be for these settings?
"Is there anything that might reveal itself once I go to the typical settings that can not be detected while I'm using the Break-in-Period Settings?"
Any comments are welcome for discussion.
After this initial break-in period, I will be able to settle on some sort of basic settings. Now, I have seen the posts by several who have calibration hardware and they seem to have approximately the same recommendations for out-of-the-box settings (Some fall within narrow ranges.)
Picture Mode = Movie
Color Tone: Warm 2
Black Optimizer: Dark Room
Cell Light = 20
Contrast = 95-100
Brightness = 47-48
Sharpness = 0-12
Color = 50
Tint = 50
Color Space: Auto
Other Advanced Settings all off or zero
Additionally, I'll use the following alterations to the above for daylight hours.
Color Tone: Warm 1
Black Optimizer: Auto
[Note: - I do have a calibration Blu-ray, Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics from Joe Kane. I will go through this once the TV gets about 200 Hrs or so and fine tune these settings. I don't think I would consider a professional calibration, but If I thought I need more out of this TV, I would probably just break down and get a calibration system for myself after to use.]