Originally Posted by Scrib
Guys (and gals)...
My Dad pulled the trigger on the 1130HD. But after reading the advice/comments in this thread and making some general comments to him, he's now all freaked about regarding the TV.
Primarily, his concerns are around image retention and burn in. I told him we'll have to tweak the settings, etc. initally to prevent this from happened, but also commented on him having to vary his programs. So he no thinks he has to change the channels every 5 minutes.
I then read the issues around the ESPN HD bars... Is that really an issue? Does he have to stretch the image each and every time?
He's going with Comcast and the DCT 3412 for HD (whatever the motorola box is with DVR capabilites and HDMI). Anyone have any experiences with this box?
Finally, for someone who just wants to watch TV and not worry about a lot of this stuff, what is the best way to get the TV broken in? When we talked this morning, he said there wasn't anything in the manual regarding image retention.
Adjust the contrast/brightness as low as you can stand it for about the first 100-200 hrs. having the correct settings is half the battle against burn-in and image retention. Also stretch 4:3 material (or material with bars) if watching for more than 2 hrs. If you follow those basic guidelines, you should have very very minimal problems with image retention and no burn in.
Once you're past the 100-200 hour mark, you should be able to do anything you want and have no problems at all. The phosphors are a little picky during the first 100-200 hrs. After that, you wont have any issues at all.
If you do see any image retention, dont freak out, just tune to a station without bars or logos and watch for a couple hours. That will take care of the retention. Remember, image retention is not permanent.
Lastly, remember that this site is filled with Audio/Video Freaks. We pay way more attention to little bitty things than most people do. Some things you read us freaking out about are really really small issues that a lot of people wont even be able to see unless its directly pointed out to them.
other little points you brought up:
ESPN bars definetly are a problem during the first 100 hrs of the set. In fact, those bars are practically the worst thing you can do to your set. You should stretch if they are going to be on for more than 75% of the time you are watching the channel.
the 6412 comcast box is ok. the settings in my signature link are for that box. But it has its problems. There is a huge thread in the recorder forum about the 6412 and its issues.
Best way to set up the tv... settings from dnice or my sig link, set tv to stretch all sd content. Then just pay attention for static images. It really doesnt take long to get past the 100hr mark, and when you do, you'll be much more happy in knowing your tv wont have any problems for a very very long time.