100 hour burn in

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Gary GJB, Jan 6, 2003.

  1. Gary GJB

    Gary GJB Auditioning

    Dec 30, 2002
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    What should I expect to see after my RPTV has greater than 100 hours of run time on it? Better color, sharper picture, clearer? What have you seen? Thanks.
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    Uhhhhh... a TV burn-in is not like a speaker burn-in.

    A speaker WILL change it's sound in the early hours as the stiff spider in the drivers loosen up.

    But you want to wait 100 hours before paying a calibrationist to come in and adjust the new TV.

    The optics are affected by the heating/cooling cycles making small changes to things expanding with the heat. The high-power electronics are also temperature sensitive and do 'settle in' in the first hours of use.

    So I doubt you will notice the small changes taking place by simply watching the unit. But if you used some of the video test-patterns on the Avia disk and a Colormeter and took measurements, you MIGHT notice the changes at the end of the first 100 hours.

    The other reason to wait: failures. If there is something going to break in a new TV, it will likely happen in the first 50-100 hours of use. If you paid someone $400 to calibrate the unit on the first day, then had to return it, the store will NOT refund your calibration fee.

    A friend of mine went through 3 HDTV's in 2 weeks before he found one that stayed alive.

    Hope this helps.

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