Originally Posted by new plasma guy
to randy walters . you said the panasonic g20 i wouldnt have to break in . how come with this plasma there is no need ? thanks
Break-in is not necessary for the health and well being of the panel. It's been this way for 3-4 years now, but people are still scared of burn-in and IR and still think that breaking the TV in will prevent it, but the panels are so resistant now that it doesn't matter. The TV will break itself in all by itself just by watching TV for the first weeks or months.
I know two people with 50S1 models (that i set up) and neither of them did any sort of break-in. I set the Contrast to around +80 in Custom mode and they just watched TV normally from the first day. I've revisited these TVs several times now and there is no burn-in and no IR. Same thing goes for my G10 and various other Panasonic plasmas that i've set up for friends/family/customers/co-workers etc.
The only good reason to break the TV in now is if you're going to have it ISF Calibrated - in which case you run the break-in images for 100+ hours to evenly age the panel, then the ISF Calibrator has a nice even and properly seasoned canvas to apply his art. Or is it science?
Here's D-Nice's official Panel Seasoning Procedure:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1232441