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jerkputter
03-24-2009, 07:19 PM
A tech was at my house and said my setting were wrong on my Sony HDTV. He took the remote and changed some setting. He said watching TV in wrong setting would harm the tv? Now the analog channels looks squashed up. I do have HD with Charter and the HD channels are beautiful but sometimes I do watch non HDTV. Was he correct in telling me that my tv would be damaged? I liked the way I had it set before he messed with it. It was smalled but much clearer. Thanks, tom.

BowerR64
03-24-2009, 08:01 PM
Can you remember what settings he changed?

I was told the life of plasma is shorter then LCD but i think plasma looks better. Your talking alot of hours though

Ive wondered about this myself, the defaults on my Vizio have the back light cranked near 90% but a few days ago a guy posted he "finaly got a good picture on his set" when some one asked what settings he was using he posted higher brightness and contrast levels with a WAY lower back light setting. When i read this i wondered if maybe these settings would help or hurt the screen or the back light?

Maybe using a lower back light level helps the life but the higher contrast and brightness hurts the screen?

I dont know ill have to do more reading because im still new at all this.

PFC5
03-24-2009, 08:28 PM
A tech was at my house and said my setting were wrong on my Sony HDTV. He took the remote and changed some setting. He said watching TV in wrong setting would harm the tv? Now the analog channels looks squashed up. I do have HD with Charter and the HD channels are beautiful but sometimes I do watch non HDTV. Was he correct in telling me that my tv would be damaged? I liked the way I had it set before he messed with it. It was smalled but much clearer. Thanks, tom.

The tech was NOT a "tech" in HDTVs if he told you that showing SD channels in the correct (side black bars) would harm your LCD TV. What he changed from your description was the screen format or aspect ration (not sure which of those names Sony uses for the button on the remote that changes the screen format.)

PFC5
03-24-2009, 08:33 PM
Can you remember what settings he changed?

I was told the life of plasma is shorter then LCD but i think plasma looks better. Your talking alot of hours though

Ive wondered about this myself, the defaults on my Vizio have the back light cranked near 90% but a few days ago a guy posted he "finaly got a good picture on his set" when some one asked what settings he was using he posted higher brightness and contrast levels with a WAY lower back light setting. When i read this i wondered if maybe these settings would help or hurt the screen or the back light?

Maybe using a lower back light level helps the life but the higher contrast and brightness hurts the screen?

I dont know ill have to do more reading because im still new at all this.

You have a lot of info here that is either wrong or outdated. Plasmas actually have a longer life than LCDs now with a 100,000 hour rating compared to 60,000 for LCD. Either will last a long time and likely something else will go before the panel is too dim with either.

The reason to turn the LCD back light way down and then turn up the brightness & contrast is because it will improve the black levels with a lower back light setting, but you turn the brightness level up to show the shadow detail. You turn the contrast up to increase the white levels. It will not hurt your screen doing this with an LCD and is the best way to improve black levels so you should do this yourself with your LCD display. :hithere:

BowerR64
03-26-2009, 11:05 PM
You have a lot of info here that is either wrong or outdated. Plasmas actually have a longer life than LCDs now with a 100,000 hour rating compared to 60,000 for LCD. Either will last a long time and likely something else will go before the panel is too dim with either.



Maybe its outdated then, you can still burn images into their screens right?

PFC5
03-27-2009, 04:21 AM
Maybe its outdated then, you can still burn images into their screens right?

Yes you can if you abuse the display and show static images for a long time and usually with torch mode settings also. How many CRTs (other than computer monitors) have you seen with burn in since they also "could" get burn in also? ;)

If you calibrate your display settings properly and avoid prolonged static images there should be no problem with a good plasma. It also depends on the mfg of the plasma as well. Some are better than others.