Originally Posted by oechikr
I will respect your 16,000 posts, Yoda. But what I've been reading off multiple opinions, for hours and hours, is that it is better to break-in, than to not break-in. It ages the phosphors so you can properly calibrate it, after the break-in period. I've also read that it reduces the chance of IR. Like come on. Are you gonna watch a movie with black bars or play a game with an HUD for hours, RIGHT out of the box? HA. I wouldnt. When I get my first one and only Panny, I'm gonna take care of it the best I can, because in reality THERE IS GONNA BE NO MORE. You're right about getting a professional calibrator. I said that because judging by the OP's post, he doesnt know too much... and I would hate for him to get a Panasonic and it be abused and/or ruined. But yeah, in reality no ones hires a calibrator. I'll give you that. Btw, 42" isnt "long gone". Go make a google search on the S60 or X60. Plus many many stores still have those models.
I think there's a little misconception here. the 'break in slides' don't really do anything long term. they are just a safe way to speed up the process so you can get that professional calibration sooner, and enjoy the best looking content 'right away'. 200-300hrs could be like 4months use, or more for some ppl. sucks to have to wait that long before you get a pro calibration, or have to get one done twice.
if you do your own calibrations, or are going to eat through the hrs quickly anyway, there's really no use for the slides.
personally, what I've done, with no ill-effects, is use my tv normally from hr 1, but run the slides at night when i'm not using the tv. this more than doubles my usage for the first week, and makes the calibration I do on week two or three more meaningful.
I happen to use my f8500 as my computer monitor, i'm using it right now as I type this. I will admit, I tried to avoid doing this at first, but that only lasted until day 2, haha. I did watch letterbox movies the first day I bought it though.