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Just bought a LG 50PV450, please help!

bal1985
11-26-2011, 11:27 PM
I just bought a LG 50PV450 Television - 50" Class 1080P Plasma TV. I'm extremely new to all this television business so I need some help.

I've read all over forums that soon as you get your plasma you need to "break it in" and then properly calibrate it to get the best settings.

My question is how should I go about doing these? I've read that I should break my TV in for at least 150-200 hours. That's almost impossible as I have a 2 year old son, he needs his cartoons, LOL. Also, I can't play and video games until it's done? Is this all true? If so, what is the best way to break in my TV? I saw that you could use a PS3, but I have no clue on how to do that and for how long. I also found this Break In DVD, I did already burn it but I have no clue if its safe or not to use as I also read that Break In methods, like the DVD and PlayStation, could actually do more harm than good. Someone on a forum said to just leave an HD channel on to break in the TV. An HD channel where the channel logo is not there like HDNET or something? If someone could please explain to me I'd greatly appreciate it.

Now about Calibration...I obviously can't afford someone to come out and do it, so I'm stuck doing it myself. What is the best way for me to this. I do have this "Monster/ISF HDTV Calibration Wizard" dvd but not really sure on how to do this. I'm open to the most efficient/easy way to do this.

And seeing that I'm a noob and all if you have an more tips that could help me out and can save me from running into trouble down the road, I'd greatly appreciate your help.

Thank you!

EDIT: I found that HBOs station logo is rarely ever on due to movies mainly playings around the clock. Can I leave HBO in HD on over night? Is this good for breaking my TV in? I also put my TV contrast down to 50 for now.

bal1985
11-27-2011, 12:17 AM
Anyone?

SpectreOne
11-27-2011, 06:38 AM
I'd also like to know because I just purchased a Zenith Z50PV220 which is reportedly a repackaged LG 50PV450.

bal1985
11-27-2011, 12:37 PM
Wow, it's really hard to get answers anywhere. Are there any other forums where people actually help each other out? Thanks.

HiDefRev
11-27-2011, 12:51 PM
No one to answer your questions, huh ? That's probably because it's Sunday morning, and most of us were at church.

However, in answer to your questions, in order to properly break in your plasma, you can leave it on almost any HD channel for about 100 hours. Yes, you can change among the various channels, but I wouldn't really leave it on a channel that has a perpetual logo showing.

Additionally, you should put all of the video adjustments at their mid point ( eg. on a scale of 0 -100 you would put it on 50 ) and turn off all picture "enhancements" eg. VIVID mode, etc.

Just leave the plasma on in this fashion for about 5 days, and you should be fine. During this break in time, take time to notice whether there are any irregularities in your picture.

After that, you can use a good calibration disc. Just follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be able set up the plasma for your home environment. . :thumbsup:

SpectreOne
11-27-2011, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the reply, I also found the break in guide quite helpful.

bal1985
11-27-2011, 09:58 PM
No one to answer your questions, huh ? That's probably because it's Sunday morning, and most of us were at church.

However, in answer to your questions, in order to properly break in your plasma, you can leave it on almost any HD channel for about 100 hours. Yes, you can change among the various channels, but I wouldn't really leave it on a channel that has a perpetual logo showing.

Additionally, you should put all of the video adjustments at their mid point ( eg. on a scale of 0 -100 you would put it on 50 ) and turn off all picture "enhancements" eg. VIVID mode, etc.

Just leave the plasma on in this fashion for about 5 days, and you should be fine. During this break in time, take time to notice whether there are any irregularities in your picture.

After that, you can use a good calibration disc. Just follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be able set up the plasma for your home environment. . :thumbsup:

i was watching the steelers game tonight, and i notice that my tv would get pixelated or fuzzy in certain areas whenever something high speed happens, is this normal. it didn't happen all the time, but for example when a bunch of players went up to grab the football several times it would pixelated around them. also when ever the HUD with the scores, team info, etc. whenever it would transition in and out, it would get pixelated too right where the HUD would pop up.