Hi all... i went on the consumer reports site and asked the CR experts about break in and burn in. I am just wondering how all of you "break in" your plasmas?? Do you play constant DVD's?? just watch tv?? or something more elaborate?? Below is the conversation I had with consumer reports... I left out the name of the CR expert. It sounds like they suggest just letting the plasma display a solid grey screen - like something that i guess you can find on the AVIA calibration CD.
What do you think??? Would love some comments...
Here is the conversation - -
From: CR_Moderator_XXXXXXXXX Dec-4 9:50 am
To: Nigel_Wade (7 of 10)
2506.7 in reply to 2506.5
Some more "burn in " information from the CR experts:
We've noticed that some models, when fresh out of the box, are prone to "image sticking" or short-term burn-in. It goes away after the steady pattern we're feeding it is replaced with the next image - one that more evenly drives the screen.
It happens because phosphors age quickest when they're fresh - the manufacturer probably optimized for initial brightness, for marketing reasons, to grab the shopper/consumer. Optimizing them instead for steady output would be a completely different design goal. Maybe some manufacturers already watch for this, and pre-age the phosphors, we are not sure.
If you really want to pre-age a plasma, be very careful. Use an even, full-screen medium-dark gray field, steady pattern, no motion, no detail. You can probably find it on the Video Essentials or Avia DVD.
From: Nigel_Wade Dec-5 1:03 am
To: CR_Moderator_XXXXXXXXX(8 of 10)
2506.8 in reply to 2506.7
Jerry - thanks for the extra effort. I really apprecitate you looking further into this. Could you possibly be more specific in the following statement that you made....
"If you really want to pre-age a plasma, be very careful. Use an even, full-screen medium-dark gray field, steady pattern, no motion, no detail. You can probably find it on the Video Essentials or Avia DVD".
All of the people (in AVS Forum) that have said that they do a break in for there plasma's say that they just play a DVD movie on a loop. I am not clear on what you recommend. When you say no motion and no detail what do you mean? Can you possible attach a picture of what the screen would look like? I would think you would definately want motion so there would not be a still image on the screen.
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From: CR_Moderator_XXXXXXXXXXDec-5 9:02 am
To: Nigel_Wade (9 of 10)
2506.9 in reply to 2506.8
Our expert is referring to an even gray picture field. This has no other picture content, that is: no bars, crosshatch, dots etc. no motion, and no detail. It just lights up the screen evenly. You would play it from the calibration DVD