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Is breaking in a Plasma for 100+ hrs a myth?


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Dean L

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Posted May 22 2008 - 05:46 PM

I have read on "other" forums to get the best performance from a plasma is to break it in with a special DVD at lower settings for its first 100+ hours.
Have any of you done this?
Have any of you not bothered and had no problems with your plasma?

#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted May 23 2008 - 06:13 AM

When I got mine last year, I simply zeroed out all the video settings (brightness, contrast, sharpness, color, etc), and did the 100 hour break-in.

Some people simply leave their plasma on for 4-5 days straight to get through the 100 hours. I ended up just turning the TV off when I didn't watch it, so it took about 2 weeks to get to 100 hours at the zeroed out video settings.
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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Kevin C Brown

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Posted May 23 2008 - 12:26 PM

I don't think it's as much about performance, as avoiding any *future* issues with burn in and image retention.

Btw, you don't need a special DVD for this. Just use lowered settings for your normal viewing, then calibrate either by eye or with a calibration disc.

I did it myself. It's not that tough.
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#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Father John A

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Posted May 24 2008 - 05:32 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin C Brown
I don't think it's as much about performance, as avoiding any *future* issues with burn in and image retention.

Btw, you don't need a special DVD for this. Just use lowered settings for your normal viewing, then calibrate either by eye or with a calibration disc.

I did it myself. It's not that tough.

It was my understanding that the "break-in" disc going around isn't special per se but simply fills the screen and has been authored to run for at least 16 hrs. without fear of a puase or menu screen.

That said, the new generation of plasmas must be much tougher, I've read countless posts by people who never to a break-in period. I do however plan on doing it as I have 4 kids and the portential for problems is exponential.
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