This was a post I had done in the VT60 section to help out new plasma owners as well as VT60 owners. It was suggested I start a new thread for it so others can also take advantage of it and it can hopefully help them as well with general questions that seem to get repeated quite often around here. If anyone has anything additional they would like to add I can update this first post with the information so it will be easy to find. If you also do not agree with something I here I have no problem adding others people's opinions into the post as such.
1. If you see something that looks like little dots moving all around your TV when you are up close, this is called dithering and is normal for plasma's. It will be stronger when the TV is new and will get better with usage. Also certain settings can also improve this.
2. You will have a line all around your screen that will never fill up with the picture. This spot where you will never see pixels is how your TV should look.
3. Do I need to run slides to break in the TV? The short answer is absolutely not. It is said that the first 100 hours of use would be considered a break in period for a plasma. So you want to avoid leaving static logos on for too long or watching wide screen content with black bars. As long as you are careful and mix up your viewing habits you should be fine. This is just a way to break in your panel evenly. The good thing with slides is you are able to leave them run to put hours on your TV without worrying about anything that can give you IR or burn-in. So if you want to hit 100 hours quickly then you can run the slides when you are not watching the TV. For wide screen movies you can zoom in on the picture to fill up the screen in case there is something you really want to watch.
Will anything happen to your panel if you have black bars on it, nope. Also, breaking in the panel will not help with IR later on. You can get IR at 500 hours 1,000 hours and more. Nothing you do in the beginning will effect IR later on. Just be smart and pay attention to how you treat your TV. If you have something static on for a long time, clear it up before watching the same thing again. You can run the screen wipe, run slides or pickup the Disney WOW disc which has a pixel flipper to help clear up IR. It is also recommended to keep contrast down in the first 100 hours except when running slides. People run slides at 100 contrast.
4. I want to run DNICE settings and he said I have to run slides for 100 hours before I do anything else. I really wish DNICE would change his posts about this. Running slides for 100 hours and putting his settings in will not yield you the same results as his or a real calibration. Do not waste you time. DNICE himself said he needed to re-calibrate the TV at 300 hours because everything was not stabilized 100 hours even so feel free to try his settings right from the start or anyone else's for that matter. Just be aware each TV has it's own characteristics and while a setting might look good on 1 person's VT60 it might look terrible on yours. If it looks good to you, then that is all that really matters. Remember, this is not a substitute for a pro calibration though.
5. I see banding and a pink hue on the sides of the screen while running slides. It is all normal It is very rare your screen will look pristine with no marks on a slide and the more you use the TV the more things you might notice on white slides. We all have, don't stress. You will never see it while watching content and if you didn't run slides you would not even know any of this existed. If you think about exchanging for these reasons, just know your next one will have it also so you are wasting your time. (DavidHir comment about the pink hue - that pink hue to a large extent is simply red being pushed too much in the greyscale. It might worsen gradually simply because Panasonics tend drift over time like all displays but especially red. A proper cal will take care of most if not all of it, but isn't really noticeable during viewing anyway as you stated unless it gets moderately bad)
6. You might notice dirt inside the screen up on the glass. You really have to search for it and catch it on the right angle. I suggest you do not go looking for it because there is probably something there. I only noticed it by accident or otherwise would have never scene it. It might even make you think you have a bad pixel if you spot it. You can turn your TV off, and use an LED flashlight to see if it is dirt or a dead pixel. If it is dirt it will show a shadow onto the panel from the light. Again, don't go looking for it but if you spot it, I have had 2 VT60's from different months and both of them have it and others have posted about it is well. I am betting a lot more people have it then they know but have never caught it.
7. If you are hooking a sound system, you need to go into apps and veira link to enable it if it is not working. I do not have a sound system but this has been mentioned many times here.
8. Turn off motion smoother in the settings if it is on. It will only enhance bad motion and give you the soap opera effect. Can also effect A/V sync with certain sources.
9. If you watch in standard mode it will look very dim. Raise the contrast to 100 and wait a few seconds and the TV will get bright in that mode. Lower it down and it will dim again and you will need to redo the step. Again, this is only for higher brightness in Standard mode.
10. Loud fans. It is said that August and greater builds have the fix. If you look at the fan with a flashlight on the back of your TV, if you have the fix you will see a strip of foam underneath the fan. It is not the foam on top of it so you really need to get in there and look. If you do not have the fix Panasonic covers this and will send a tech to install the fix for you.
11. Loud Buzzing. If you TV buzzes while running slides, especially the white screen it is normal and okay, especially t a high contrast level. That will get better as the panel ages but the VT60 really has no audible buzz when watching regular content so do not judge the sound on a white slide with no sound in the room. You UPS might also be buzzing and can be a sign you are overloading it and require something larger.
12. Lots of artifacts in dark scenes while watching cable TV. This is due to your cable provider compressing the signal. It effects dark scenes and blacks the most. You will not see this on a blu ray or good quality source.
13. Check the hours on your TV. Menu/Help/Verision - Status 4 will be your hours.
14. Enable Professional1 and Professional2 setting modes - Menu/Setup. Scroll to Professional Mode - Turn On - You will know had 2 more modes to enter settings in.
15. Shut off ads - Menu/Setup/Display Customization - Turn Smart Viera Banner Off.
16. Aspect Ratios (Format) - Set to full for 1 to 1 pixel ration and the true size of the picture. Just will stretch you picture. There is also a an Overscan setting in the picture settings that is used to get rid of static lines from certain station that do not have the correct aspect ratio's and haven't update their station for HD TV's. If you go through different settings and see the picture stretch then Overscan is probably turned on in that mode. Just disable it in the settings menu.
17.Pixel Orbitor - On means on and auto means off. Can't say if on really will help with IR but that is it's intention.
18. Android Apps:
- Panasonic TV Remote 2 (Allows you to control the TV and also enter in settings. Can stream videos and pictures from your phone to the TV.
- iMediaShare, ShareOn Video, Home DIA, BubbleUPnP (my favorite) - Also streams videos and pictures from your phone to the TV.
19. Line Bleed - You might notice a line across your screen when at times. For example, if you had a rectangle on you screen, you might see a faint line going across the entire screen from the the rectangle. You won't notice this 99% during viewing but if you do see something like this, there is nothing you can do about, it is inherent of the technology.
20. To get to your USB drive or SD Card that is plugged into the TV - There is a button right on the remote control to bring you directly there.
21. If you forget to put the plastic piece on the stand that is hidden away in the box, don't worry it offers no support, it is just cosmetic. Not worth moving the TV to put this piece on.
22. Brightness pops while watching Hockey. If you are someone that watches hockey you might notice your screen flashing during the game. This happens from the photography flash that is taking place at the game and will cause your screen to flash. I do not watch hockey so can't tell you how bad it actually is but it is a common complaint with plasmas. I know the Samsung F8500 supposedly has improved in the way it handles this but to what extent I do not know.
23. Logging off of Netflix in you need to return your TV or sign in with another account. Go to Netflix, and once logged in enter the following sequence on your remote directional pad. Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right Up Up Up Up. Another way is hit the back button a few times will take you to the Netflix menu with the search, logout, exit options. Make sure to log out of any accounts if you need to return your TV for any reason because if your TV gets resold as an open box the next person will have access to your accounts as the TV is usually not reset from the reseller.
24. DSE - Dirt Screen Effect. Kind of hard to explain but once you see it you will understand it. When the screen pans it kind of looks like everything is behind a dirty screen. Can vary from panel to panel. It has not been noticeable on my current panel but if you see something that resembles this, this is what it is.
25. If you own a PS3 and never used a 3D TV before. The PS3 needs to recognize the 3D TV. Hold down the power button for a little bit on the system and it will beep a couple of times, then let it boot up and will recognize your TV as 3D. I do not know how other systems handle it.
26. Your VT60 will click a couple of times when it powers on and it will click when it powers of.
27. Brightness setting on the TV is really not named correctly. It will actually effect the brightness of black levels and not the over picture. Raise it and blacks will get washed out, lower it to much and you will crush blacks so good to test this setting when in a dark scene.
VT60 Settings to try and slides to download:
DNICE Slides and Settings (I use my Android device to open DNICE's XML file for his settings. It opens in a text viewer that is readable and then can be entered manually into your TV. There is obviously other ways to read an XML file on your computer):
SillySally (has 2 sets of settings in the first post using pro modes and second link is calibrated in custom mode):
Sound & Vision:
Plasma TV Buying Guide
Change the stars to "plasma tv buying guide" without the quotes and spaces to get the work to link. AVS does not like that site because of past issues.
AVS Calibration Disc