Originally Posted by optivity
Like running the Break-in DVD with your new $5000 PDP for 100s of non-stop-hours makes more sense because some anonymous individual you chatted with in an Internet forum told you to.
I'm currently running break in images that I got for free. Yes, you can buy them on dvd or download them for free for use on a thumb drive, etc. I just purchased a Pioneer Kuro 6020. One of the people highly regarded here on AVS for having expert knowledge is DNice. He has contacts at Pioneer and is a professional calibrator himself.
DNice emphatically says that running the break in images is not mandatory
. He further states that using the solid color screen pics for break in are for the purpose of aging the phosphors evenly and so that his reference settings can be used after the break in. Another thing he says is that break in is already performed at the factory but that it slows down production to drag it out for too long of a time.
Break in is an established and accepted fact with regard to plasmas. How you want to go about the break in is debatable.
Gotta admit...I could probably be watching my new tv instead of running solid color screens for the first 150 hours. But I still have my old tv hooked up and am not stressing too much. Am I losing precious viewing time...perhaps! Am I hurting anything by doing the break in....haven't heard a single soul say this yet. So...you can turn your settings down and do as the manufacturer says....or you can get the break in period done a bit faster and in more uniform fashion with the images. Now...that's just my opinion. Not fact at all. But really, what's the beef? We can all do what we want. And to be clear....I only responded because you emphatically state that no professional advises the break in process using the images. This is not true with regard to DNice...as just one example.
Saying that the use of break in images is foolish or a waste of time is just as incorrect as the idea that the break in images must be used to avoid catastrophe. It's simply a choice. I chose to do it because I believe the concept has merit and the source is a very well informed professional. That's my two cents....fwiw.
PS. I'm no expert....so please don't challenge me on the technical merits of using break in pics...if you do I will fold like a deck of cards!