Originally Posted by Ejs71
I've had my 60GT50 for about 2 months now.. I don't know if I'm going nuts, but the picture seems better than it used to back in early September. Does the plasma get a little better picture after a certain amount of usage?
Another thing is, I use the CNET settings for movies (which btw is PHENOMINAL with my Oppo BDP-93 in combo with the GT50).. but I feel like it's too dark for Tv(game shows, sports, talk shows).. So I use the Game setting for regular TV when I watch ATT Uverse. The CNET and THX Cinema settings are just too dark for regualr tv.. especially for the specifics I mentioned above. Does anyone else use Game setting for tv?? I know it's probably for "gaming". Will it harm the TV or make it not last as long if I keep it on Game??
Do alot of people switch the picture mode that often? I came from a Panasonic 34" tube tv.. it was 1080i, but never changed the picture mode.. But I feel I need to change it for Blu-rays, and Cable TV.
Is it worth it to have the GT50 professionally calibrated?? I would love to find a setting I dont have to keep switching the picture setting when I watch a Blu-ray or a movie from Apple TV. How much does it run (about), and is it worth it???
Lastly.. I'm very new to the technical talk you guys use.. so don't laugh.. but what are these "slides" you speak of.. "running the slides" on your GT?? Also what is "IR"??
Sorry for the 6 million questions.. Love to hear the comments!!
I change picture modes often as well. Like you, I am using CNET's settings for watching Blu-rays and when I watch DirecTV I was switching it to THX Bright Room but got nervous about the TV being that bright and getting IR (more on that). So for television shows I know use THX mode and I have adjusted the contrast myself. For me it is bright enough because there is not too much daytime light in that room and I honestly do not watch much TV during the day normally. I am working or watching sports or something.
Running the slides comes from two schools of thought from what I have read so far. One: they are used if you plan on getting your set professionally calibrated because it will age your TV to the specified reference levels, meaning the TV gets better as it gets older and the slides will help speed up that process, that way when the calibrator comes, he is calibrating the TV after it was broken in so to speak. Two: They can be used to help clear up any mild cases of IR (Image Retention). I had a panic attack the other night because I came home and found pretty significant IR on my TV. I ran the slides while I slept and it cleared it up.
That being said, it would have cleared up with normal TV viewing anyway, but the slides ensure that there is a constant loop and there are no static images that will cause more image retention. Image retention, which I now have seen firsthand, is when a static image sits on the plasma screen too long and creates like a ghost image of itself even after the channel is changes or the image is gone. Even after the TV is turned off and on it will still be there. Mine was not permanent and most posts I have read said that theirs was not either. However, it is one of the drawbacks of plasmas. Most people are also reporting that this problem is more noticeable during the first 100 hours of your TVs life. I am running the slides to quickly get past that first 100 hours since I have seen IR already on my TV. Since you have had your TV for about two months you have most likely already watched your TV enough to break it in past 100 hours and would not need the slides for break in and for calibration. Hope that helps.