Originally Posted by aguy1222
thank you all for your replies, it is very useful. I understand now why it would be use someone else's settings on my t.v. But as i mentioned, i really like how vivid mode makes the picture pop, my only issue with it is i heard this setting refered to as "torch mode". What does this mean and how can it effect my t.v. also another issue i have with vivd mode is it seems a bit to dark, it takes away some detail, and the colors seem over saturated, how can i improve these settings under vivid?
also, do i have to wait the 100-200 hrs to break in the tv before i calibrate it, cant i just calibrate it now. I probrably have about 50 hrs into it, i just got it a couple days ago.
If you are watching any TV in "Vivid mode" you are viewing a substantially distorted picture. Please read at least the opening post in this thread to understand better what the purpose of display calibration is:'Display Calibration: Root Fundamentals'
Please explain what you meant by this statement: "I understand now why it would be use someone else's settings on my t.v."
"Torch mode" typically means over driving a TV's capabilities by adjusting the picture settings at or near their maximum. The term originated in the days of CRT displays. Cathode ray tube displays use phosphors to produce a video image. Your plasma also uses phosphors. Phosphors have a limited lifespan. As they age, they lose brightness. They can also be over driven and become permanently damaged or "burned." This happens when a user tries to make the image brighter than the TV is capable of being without distortion of the picture. It also can happen when a static image is displayed too long on the screen, such as still computer images, game control screens, images from a menu, TV station logos, etc.
Your TV will last longer, and will produce a more accurate video image, if you refrain from using the "Vivid" mode. This mode is typically intended for use when attempting to overcome high ambient room lighting conditions while watching the TV. No TV in existence can produce its best image in the presence of high ambient light levels.
There is no reason why any TV should not be calibrated properly as soon as you get it. It may drift from the initial calibrated settings after a period of time, but can be readjusted to correct for this. Get a video system setup disc intended for beginning TV owners. Disney's 'World Of Wonder' disc, or 'Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics' from Joe Kane Productions, contain tutorial narration and images that will answer many of your questions.
Best regards and beautiful pictures,
G. Alan Brown, President
A Lion AV Consultants affiliate
"Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"Edited by GeorgeAB - 3/19/13 at 10:42am