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TC-P46C2 Panasonic Viera plasma

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I just bought this a couple days ago at Best Buy. While I am happy with the screen size (looks big even 9 ft away), and the Wii looks great, I am not so thrilled with the initial settings for color/brightness/contrast/sharpness etc. I know there's some choices (Standard/Vivid/Cinema etc) but I really want to get the recommendations out here for the optimal settings - I think once I get the HD box from Verizon (FIOS service here) in a few days, I will enjoy channels in HD better...but I want the color/settings to be perfect. Any suggestions? Much appreciated
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I bought this TV @ my local Best Buy for only $599.99. Incredible set for its price. First and foremost, to be on the safe side, download this break-in software in any format you please (I prefer the memory card version - easier since this set has an SD card slot and it's also an infinite loop so you don't have to worry about restarting it):

http://www.eaprogramming.com/downloa...nload_main.htm

Let it break in this way for the first 50-100 hours of use. If you don't want to do this, then just use the plasma with the contrast and brightness turned down below 50 for 100-200 hours.

Don't know if you already know this, but burn-in/image retention (also known as "IR") is somewhat of a problem in plasmas, though it should be virtually nonexistent/negligable in the current ones (but always good to be safe). Breaking in a plasma will eliminate this problem so as long as you don't do something like leave a large, bright, static image on your screen for 4-6 hours straight. This would leave a "ghost" of the image either permanently (burn-in) or temporarily (IR). I'd suggest for you to acoid those black or grey bars during break-in as well.

As far as settings go, I always leave it on Cinema and just tweak the brightness and contrast to be between 80-95. You can tweek the rest to your liking.

BEst way to have it calibrated, though, is to call an ISF certified calibrator and have him use his high-tech equipment to give you the best picture you can possibly get. If you're not into forking another $300 over, then I suggest picking up an AVIA or Digital Video Essentials ( haven't done this yet but I [plan to order the DVE disc) disc for $15-$20 and use that to help calibrate your TV to get a great picture.

Enjoy your plasma!
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REDEYE-thanks for the reply. Great info. Also got same price from BB too.

I didn't know about break-in software but will get it. (Note: we played about 6 hours of Wii over past couple days along w/some light TV...would that affect it still re: first 50-100 hours? Short of paying for expensive calibration, I can go with your suggestions of leaving contrast and brightness down below 50 initially and then move them up later w/Cinema setting. Also, will try using AVIA or DVE - where do I get this disc?

Basically, I want to make sure I'm not too late re: break-in period. Thanks!

post #4 of 7
You can't really be too late for the break-in period. The longer you use it, the more it is broken in. If you've got no IR or burn-in then that's good just keep breaking it in. You can also buy a DVE disc from here:


http://www.overstock.com/Books-Movie...1/product.html

If you don't have blu-ray, try Amazon.com.
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newbie here

How do I get my local stations on this tv? Do I need a digital antenna? Which one is the best to get? I also have this same tv downstairs in my bedroom and basement..
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Do you have a supplier....cable,direct,dish.?if not you will need a HD
Antenna....an outside antenna is best..however,if that is not an option,I would try a Leaf amplified antenna.
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Originally Posted by dinosaur1 View Post

newbie here
How do I get my local stations on this tv? Do I need a digital antenna? Which one is the best to get? I also have this same tv downstairs in my bedroom and basement..

If you're talking about getting your local stations of the air for free, then you need an antenna but it doesn't need to be a digital antenna. An old UHF/VHF antenna should work as long as you're not too far from the broadcast towers.

Check this thread from the other day:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1436303/antenna-advice-for-panasonic-viera-tc-p50gt30
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