Originally Posted by ginnywop
Anyway, re: break-in...I will be having Doug Blackburn calibrate my panel eventually and this was his take on it:Break-in discs are totally unnecessary.
I wouldn't say "totally" - check out this article where output measurements were done during a break-in period:http://avical.com/articles/avical-pi...in-report.html
The conclusion was:There is no question that these displays need breaking-in. Out of the box, the default settings rendered a grayscale that was too warm as well as green. During the 213-hour break-in process, the display became warmer and more green - not dramatically so, but enough to warrant putting in some hours before making an appointment for calibration.
Based on this and what I've read, here is what I've learned about break-in time:
- If you plan on calibrating it, it is a good idea, as that report showed.
- If you have the time and ability, there is no problem doing it.
- If you don't plan on calibrating it, or don't have the time, don't worry about it. The picture will look good out of the box.
It's a optional, best practice, depending on your needs. It isn't a rule or a must do, I agree with the "obsessed, compulsive" statement because of the nature of some of the people who buy these sets and that are on these boards. A good amount are technical in nature, probably engineers. Analytical thinking and absolutes are their nature. Someone who isn't could read posts on break-in and really wonder if must be done.
I know I was confused at first by reading these boards if I should do it or not. But in the end, I couldn't hang my set for a week anyways, so I did it because I had the time and might get it professionally calibrated.
So there are benefits to doing it, but it depends on your wants and needs. I could tell a different in black level between 50 hours and 200 hours, though it was small.
Also, depending on which Kuro you have, the panel comes with break in hours already on it. Check the Kuro comparison thread
for more info on that.