Originally Posted by Barana2080
Want to seriously consider buying a new st50 Panasonic, but reading all these threads about calibrations and break in periods is starting to give me doubts. I'm all about having the right settings and breaking in new tvs, but some of this stuff is sounding too time consuming. I feel like if I don't follow all the calibration steps I won't get the most of the tv and it will be a waste of money.
Can someone ease my doubts about buying a plasma?
99.9% of people do not break-in or calibrate their set and never notice the difference. The manufactures do not require or even suggest it. This is purely extra steps that die-hard videophile hobbyists take to achieve as close to perfection as possible. And calibration would equally benefit an LCD/LED set too, so it's not a plasma thing.
The break-in, if you opt to do so, is no big deal. You download the slides in the link on this forum. It's basically just about 20 static color images. No real magic. It would fit on even the smallest USB flash thumb drive. You stick it in the USB slot on your TV and follow whatever your TV's instructions are for doing a slide show and set it to auto-repeat. Leave for work, turn it off before you go to bed. Repeat for a week. Done. Again, 99% of people don't bother. And their set doesn't explode or burn-in or look crappy or anything.
As for calibration, most people do well enough borrowing the settings freely posted on this site and perhaps slightly tweaking from there, or not.