Originally Posted by wensteph
I'm almost sorry we contaminated this thread with all the break-in postings because we're fixated on a single setting. From what I understand from all of this is pixels are more
susceptible to retaining an image early in their life than later and some of us are using the uniform changing images on a burn-in disk to arrive at an hourly figure where pixels are estimated to be less susceptible to retaining an image. A higher contrast setting within reason and 35 is certainly within reason will get you to that figure somewhat sooner. You aren't going to screw up your plasma if the contrast is set on 35 instead of 34 or 33 or...
The important thing is to have a full screen (16x9) changing image. No station logos. No news banners at the bottom. No letter boxed images. No constant anything until you have some hours on the set. Watch a few hundred hours of DiscoveryHD or any station that has a changing full screen or zoomed image with no logos or use the burn in disk. Because it took a few days for D* to run a source to where I wanted my 1140 I was able to just run the burn-in disk for a few hundred with the set setting in the bottom part of he shipping box. My contrast was in the mid 30's. Other than not pausing the set for loooong periods, I watch what I want and I have never experienced any problem that is noticeable in regular viewing. By regular viewing I mean that I don't go looking for things that may be wrong.
I've been very thankful for the settings in this thread. I think alot of people (myself included) were fairly new to this, and having a good starting point puts our minds to ease a bit. D-Nice, and others in this thread, have helped us with those starting points. There are specific reasons to break in a set, and how to break it in, and those reasons have been covered again and again here and in other threads. All will not choose to follow them, or agree with the reasons to do the break in, and that is OK. I'm a bit more on the conservative side, so I prefer to take whatever precautions I can to avoid IR/BI.
As in every aspect of life, your mileage will vary. Everyone uses their panels differently - I currently am using a contrast of around 20 after breakin and I just don't feel the need to increase it yet. The picture is outstanding. Others would think that way too low. I guess the point is do what you want with your toy, but if you want a starting point for a breakin procedure to reduce IR/BI, this is a fantastic resource for it.