Burn-In and Contrast Level

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chris_MJ, Jul 16, 2002.

  1. Chris_MJ

    Chris_MJ Agent

    Apr 29, 2002
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    When "breaking in" a new RPTV is 35 an acceptable level for the contrast? Does brightness level contribute to burn-in as well?

  2. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

    Apr 15, 1999
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    35% Contrast is just about right to help prevent burn in.

    Brightness isn't going to really contribute to burn in unless you go way overboard with it.

    Think of Contrast as "white level", or "how bright white is". The ideal contrast level is one where truly white objects on the screen look white, not very light gray. The lowest contrast setting that will do this is the best to use, preferably in a room that is not brightly lit. So turn down the contrast until whites turn grayish, then back up until they just turn white. If you need a bit more due to ambient light, go ahead but don't go too far. Better to control room light than risk burn in or premature crt wear trying to fight bright sunlight.

    Brightness is really "black level" or how black your blacks are. The lower the brightness, the blacker the blacks are going to be.

    Here the goal is to have black truly black, not very dark gray. It is normal to lose a little detail in very dark parts of the screen, so don't turn brightness up to the point that blacks are gray just to get complete and total visible detail in really dark parts of the screen.

    Keeping brightness down so black is truly black will give the picture a nice rich look.

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