Originally Posted by kctay
I thought the break in period was 150-200 hours, and there were certain things you should and shouldn't do to avoid IR. And yes, my main concern is burn-in / IR. I know things like avoiding movies, or tv viewing with black bars, but should I avoid anything else? Avoid gaming?
According to experienced ISF Calibrators, breaking the TV in won't reduce the chance of the panel getting IR or Burn In. Since you're not having the TV ISF Calibrated, it doesn't really matter if you run some sort of "break in" procedure or not. Whether you run Evangelo's "break in" slides or display various HD wallpaper images or just watch various content, the panel will settle in all on it's own during the first 100-200 hours or so, sometimes longer. Lots of us don't do any sort of break in and we watch letterbox movies and sports and news as soon as we set up the TV and don't have any IR problems.
If you "break in" using the slides, just put the TV into Custom mode and use the factory default picture settings and set the Slideshow speed to Slow and after 100 hours of this the panel should be fully settled in (per D-Nice's method).
If you "break in" using regular content, i'd just use somewhat subdued Contrast setting (maybe 70%?) in Custom or THX or Cinema mode and watch it normally for a few hundred hours.
Basically this eventually stabilizes the panel so that your picture settings adjustments stick. The gamma and gray scale changes during the first 100-200 hours so any initial picture adjustments you do will change a little while the panel is settling in so the final picture adjustments should be done after this period.
How long can an image be there before you start to get IR?
That seems to vary widely from panel to panel. Some of us can watch the same news and sports channels and even game for hours and hours and any Logo/HUD IR we get is very temporary and goes away within seconds or minutes after switching to other content, while other people's IR stays for much much longer. Some people here get stubborn IR just from having the settings menu up on the screen for several minutes while the rest of us have no such issue. Maybe i'm lucky, or maybe other people are unlucky.Edited by RandyWalters - 1/4/13 at 7:26am