Originally Posted by oldschool59
First. Where do I find if I have the "A" or the "B" version? Yea I know its a dumb question but I still need to know so....
Second, I will be watching the Super Bowl on the old Pannie so I won't be mounting the new Samsung until Monday. Once I turn it on show I set it to anything specific? I read about this 100 hour break in thing so should I put it on Apple TV and let it run something like Dexter for a couple days?
Then I assume I would need to get a download to do a detailed setup versus the standard setup using the regular settings menu? I hope you are all kind to this Samsung Newbie?
Last thing. Am I really upgrading my picture with this Samsung versus the older Pannie?
If it's new, it's almost certainly the B version. The part number itself should be on a sticker on the box and on the TV itself. Right after the 5300, you'll see a string of letters, the first of which will tell you. B's are favored, but A's are great too so don't worry either way.
Break it in however you like, I used jpg's that were solid colors, they rotated through a slide show for a few days non stop. Anything you do will be fine, including doing nothing special at all (just be conscious that what you watch changes up once in a while.
There's a thread here, should be on the 1st or 2nd page, specifically dedicated to the 5300 calibration. If it's a B, start here: Samsung PN60F5300 calibration settings?
and if it's an A just go to the start of the thread. These settings will be a great start. Look around for the more detailed service menu settings but you may want to avoid them unless you have the correct equipment. After inputting the basic settings linked, you may want to dial it in for your set (it won't change much) with either the AVS disc downloadable here for free or buy a disc such as the Disney WOW disc. While you're at it calibrate your old set too, I'm sure it's beautiful but you may find the old settings need to be revised a little due to age. It's how my Panasonic behaved.
Can't compare the sets, my Panasonic is different than yours and I've also never had the 2 side by side.