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New tv / break in / quick questions

eaglemaster290
12-26-2009, 07:37 AM
Hi all,

Just bought the G10 series 54" Panasonic. Have it hooked up and it is stunning. Couple quick questions. I do not want to get the slides to break in the TV . I have read that for the 1st 100 hours or so that I should turn down some settings. Should I turn Contrast, Brightness , Color, Tint and Sharpness all down to under 50 or should I just turn some of these down and is under 50 the number?

Next,,the sport scoreboards and station identifiers that we see on Fox and NBC and ESPN. Are these OK on the screen or are they reason for concern? How long must one of these appear before they would cause a problem?

Thanks in advance for your help.

PFC5
12-26-2009, 09:44 AM
Congrats on your new toy. You are going to love it! That P54G10 was what i wanted to get myself, but my current one is only 1.5 years old and still looks amazing so I am waiting longer to replace it.

Just use the THX mode with the contrast at 50% for the first 200 hours. You can put the brightness higher than 50% as it is the contrast that is the most important. FYI... Contrast controls the white/brightness levels, while the brightness setting controls the black levels. Most people do not know this because of the silly name they all use for black level control. But if you turn the brightness up too much everything will look washed out.

Sharpness should ALWAYS stay at 50% since this is the neutral position unlike most other mfg (and panny before 2008) that use ZERO as the neutral position.

As far as ESPN, news tickers, etc, just change up the channels so they are not on for longer than about an hour without watching something else that doesn't have them being on for an hour to counteract those static items.

Welcome to the forum & Enjoy! :D

Loves2Watch
12-26-2009, 10:19 AM
To add to PFC5's relevant reply, you don't want black bars on the side (SD channels) either, at least for the first 200 hours or so which may require you to stretch or zoom the picture.


Hope this helps...

PFC5
12-26-2009, 10:34 AM
Thanks for adding the black bars thing. I have said these same things so many times I don't know HOW I forgot it. :lol:

Loves2Watch
12-26-2009, 10:40 AM
Thanks for adding the black bars thing. I have said these same things so many times I don't know HOW I forgot it. :lol:

No problem. You augment my posts and I do the same for you. Gee we can't be expected to remember everything all of the time...or we would be nothing but robots.:)

eaglemaster290
12-26-2009, 03:27 PM
Thanks much PFC5 and Loves to Watch. I am just a bit confused on the ticker/scoreboard statement. The way I am reading it I can watch something with a board/ticker for no longer than an hour and then I should watch something without the board/ticker for an hour? Also, if I am a channel surfer at time outs etc,,,,,thats a good thing and I would not have to worry at all??? And lastly,,,,one the TV is broken in,,,,,the tickers/scoreboards still an issue??? Thanks alot for your help.

PFC5
12-26-2009, 04:32 PM
I would say limit tickers to an hour on and at least an hour off. Channel surfing is good because it changes up what is on the screen. Now you have an excuse to tell the wife for doing it. :lol:

Even after the break in period is over you would not want to mostly watch stuff with tickers all the time, just like with CRTs, if you always have that it will leave IR on the screen. It is about balance.

s_paulik87
12-26-2009, 07:52 PM
That seems pretty annoying to me, usually a MLB game is what, about 2.5-3 hours? So you should only watch the first 3 innings then give it a break for awhile?

This is just my biggest deterrent(sp?) with deciding to get a plasma, since my current TV is on the same channel for way more than an hour usually =/ who knows though maybe I will try a plasma out eventually.

PFC5
12-26-2009, 08:39 PM
That seems pretty annoying to me, usually a MLB game is what, about 2.5-3 hours? So you should only watch the first 3 innings then give it a break for awhile?

This is just my biggest deterrent(sp?) with deciding to get a plasma, since my current TV is on the same channel for way more than an hour usually =/ who knows though maybe I will try a plasma out eventually.

That is just during the break in period mostly, but it was mostly so that someone who only watches one of the cable news channels with a ticker all day & night doesn't say why did I get all this IR. ;)

After the break in it should be fine since there are commercial breaks. We have watched games for 3 hours on my plasma and had no issues after the break in. :yippee: