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First 100 hours of new plasma?

Emperorr
03-07-2008, 10:29 PM
Ok I've already touched on this subject but I know it's really important I want to make sure I do everything I can do to ensure no problems with my new plasma when it comes. First off, the Plasma I'm getting is:

Samsung FPT5084 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-FPT5084-1080p-Plasma-HDTV/dp/B000R1E59O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=audio-video&qid=1204950386&sr=1-1

Now I have some questions about the first 100 hours of the Plasma use. Any answers are greatly appreciated:

1. Does it really have to be 100 hours? If I left it on for 50 hours straight on the HD Discovery Channel would this be enough?

2. I plan on leaving it on HD Discovery Channel, not playing any video games, ensuring no black bars on the sides, using pixel shift technology and leaving it on 24/7. Did I miss anything?

3. Is it safe to play hours of video games after the initial 100 hours with my Plasma?

Thanks for any help!

Joe_news
03-07-2008, 11:09 PM
WARNING: All posts on this thread are of personal opinion (mine included). There is little to no scientific data to back up theories on this topic that are current.

1) 100 Hours is just a made up number. Because each panel is so unique there is literally no way to say that a panel will age by this many hours. So use 100 to be extra safe/peace of mind. But not every does a burn-in period.

2) Make sure they don't run infomercials real late at night, which would be SD and have sidebars. Otherwise running a 24/7 is fine, airports, train stations and bus stations do it all the time, and they use crappy TVs.

3) I said F' the 100 hour period personally after I read more into it. The latest panels are so burn-proof I waited like 10 hours and started to play games as I please on my PS3. Thats what pixel shifting is good for anyways. Letting you have icons and logos and not get burn in. The key is also using your set to watch movies and Tv shows. Random motion is good as I'm sure you know. And thats what I do, mix it up.

PS: Don't mistake my reply for number 3, BLACK BARS ARE BAD. NEVER LET YOUR SCREEN HAVE BARS ON IT. Over time that will cause damage even on current sets. Grey bars are better because the pixels age like the part of the screen which has images on it.

Emperorr
03-08-2008, 03:15 AM
Thanks for the reply man. Yeah, heard nothing but bad things about the black bars. Isn't there a mode so that the picture always stretches to fit the whole TV?

Joe_news
03-08-2008, 07:53 AM
Thanks for the reply man. Yeah, heard nothing but bad things about the black bars. Isn't there a mode so that the picture always stretches to fit the whole TV?

Yeah, definitely. Its what I do when I watch BluRay. I zoom into the picture. And when I'm watching SDTV I stretch the image out to fill the screen.

CoffeeMan
03-08-2008, 06:02 PM
I'm sure this is a newbish question... but the 100 hour theory and grey bar instead of black bars to prevent burn in only apply to plasma, not LCD, right?

Nike
03-08-2008, 06:07 PM
is that thing about black bars only bad for plasmas or also lcds?

pappylap
03-08-2008, 06:35 PM
Plasma, and its not so much about burn in as it is cell aging... cells recieving a full or nearly full power charge tend to age more rapidly than the ones that do not hence the appearance that what you are watching is boxed in slightly darker around the edges where the cells have not aged at the same pace....simple to avoid dont use 4-3 during breakin period......if ever.

whitedevil070
03-12-2008, 01:03 PM
what about hd channels they have the black bars on the left and right not up and down will plasmas fit the picture right if u strech it?

BFA
03-12-2008, 02:47 PM
My opinion and just that, I'm no expert. Relax with the burn-in and aging "potential problems". I hate the way stretched or zoomed video looks so I watch my TV the way I want to with the black bars. Chances are you will never notice burn-in or uneven aging. In the event that you notice any burn in (probably many years from now)congratulations, you get to go TV shopping and buy another kick ass TV! Life is short, take the plastic off the couch and play your video games and DVD's with the condom off! Don't you just love HD?

Marty0503
03-12-2008, 03:34 PM
I have the bigger version of your tv, the FPT5884. I've had it for a little over a month now and after the first 2 days I have had no issues with it all.

I did not use any "break-in" period at all. Like some other posters here I chose not to bother with it after doing some research and learning that newer plasmas are much less likely to suffer from burn in.

The only thing I noticed the first 2 days was a slight image retention when the screen would go dark. I could see what looked like a ghost or after image of whatever was just on the screen. Also, after watching a HD-DVD the first night, I noticed the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, but after watching some full screen tv for awhile it went away.

After that first 2 days or so I have not noticed any image retention on it at all. I do not play video games on it but I do watch all different kinds of shows and channels on my DirecTV system, HD, SD, Letter Box, 4:3 and anything else and I have had no problems at all.

That set does come with some great protection against ir and burn-in even if it does happen, but like I said I have had no issues at all

Only thing I would be sure to do is when you first take it out of the box and hook it up, be sure to change the settings. It comes set on "Dynamic" with all the options set very high, which I'm sure isn't good for the long term. I used the settings reccomended on Cnet

You can see the review they did of the tv here..
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/samsung-fp-t5084/4505-6482_7-32460966.html?tag=prod.txt.1

And you can see the settings I used on my tv here..
http://help.cnet.com/9602-12576_39-0.html?messageID=2510410

I also wrote a review in this forum on the 58" version of the set you're looking at and you can see it here..
http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=67744

burnsalkire
03-12-2008, 04:35 PM
WARNING: All posts on this thread are of personal opinion (mine included). There is little to no scientific data to back up theories on this topic that are current.

1) 100 Hours is just a made up number. Because each panel is so unique there is literally no way to say that a panel will age by this many hours. So use 100 to be extra safe/peace of mind. But not every does a burn-in period.

2) Make sure they don't run infomercials real late at night, which would be SD and have sidebars. Otherwise running a 24/7 is fine, airports, train stations and bus stations do it all the time, and they use crappy TVs.

3) I said F' the 100 hour period personally after I read more into it. The latest panels are so burn-proof I waited like 10 hours and started to play games as I please on my PS3. Thats what pixel shifting is good for anyways. Letting you have icons and logos and not get burn in. The key is also using your set to watch movies and Tv shows. Random motion is good as I'm sure you know. And thats what I do, mix it up.

PS: Don't mistake my reply for number 3, BLACK BARS ARE BAD. NEVER LET YOUR SCREEN HAVE BARS ON IT. Over time that will cause damage even on current sets. Grey bars are better because the pixels age like the part of the screen which has images on it.

Hey there,

I too have a Pioneer 5080. I can't find an adjustment that removes the top and bottom black bars while viewing the Braveheart DVD.
Any suggestions? Thanks much.