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Good call on the Panasonic plasma...there's a few steps for breaking them in properly. For the first week or so, I'd try to avoid watching too much TV with a fixed logo (leaving ESPN on for a week straight with the logo in the bottom right probably isn't a great idea with a new tv). Also, the default settings on them are usually really dark, but see if you can hold out for a week before cranking up the contrast.
Ordered the ST50 yesterday. Good call on the breaking it in. I'll have to try to limit my ESPN viewing at the start. Is it true that you're supposed to wait 100 hrs of viewing before adjusting the settings?
Technically, you're supposed to. I know some guys on AVSForum who are pretty hardcore and basically ran colored slides for 100 hours on their new plasma to break them in. I left mine on default settings for a week before turning it up to THX, and WOW.
This post was edited by BoostedTerp 14 months ago
I don't think it matters. Burn in is no longer an issue with plasma. I customized the settings on all of my TVs when I got them, then I tweak a little here and there for the first month or so. If you just google picture settings for your TV model you'll find a number of videophile blogs where people share their settings. In the end, it just depends on what you watch most (sports, movies) and the lighting environment of the room in which your TV sits.
Eye level, or as close thereto as possible, is the best viewing position. But that's just common sense. With a plasma you don't have any issues about viewing angle. It looks great from any angle.
That's crazy overkill, and I'm pretty picky when it comes to AV equipment. Don't even worry about "breaking in" a TV. The only thing I noticed a break difference with were some speakers, and those are pretty high end ($1,200 ea).
Had ordered the ST50, but was told it was on backorder for 3 wks. Decided to cancel, look for deals on the ST50 and if not buy the ST60 (2013 model) when it's released in April. Instead, I saw the 55VT50 for $1,519 through eastcoasttv's and jumped on it.
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