Plasma Break-In

discman -- Sat, 07/31/2010 - 09:26

When you buy a new plasma display, is there a special procedure you should follow for breaking it in?

megahel57 -- Thu, 08/19/2010 - 11:54

Hello there! Go to this link , download and burn to a dvd disc. Play this non-stop. The recommended break-in time is 300 hours if it is a new set, if you already has used the set for  a couple of months then 100 hours will be enough.
300 hours/24=12 days 12 hours non-stop play
200 hours/24=8 days 8hours non-stop play
100 hours/24=4 days 4 hours non-stop play
Non-Stop means leave the set on for all those days.
Remember to lower the settings to half on brightness and contrast to avoid burn in. Also, disable any screen saver the diplay automatically activates.
Break-in DVD courtesy of Evangelos Angelides.
Helson Rodriguez
ISF Level II Certified Calibrator

Steven Stone -- Thu, 08/19/2010 - 12:51

 If you are a calibrator, or intend to have the set calibrated, it should be broken in before calibration.
If you are doing your own calibration, why not just use the plasma for a couple of months and then calibrate it?
300 hours X energy usage for your Plasma X your kilowatt per hour rate (mine's 9.6 cents after the first 500 KWH) = the amount of money you've just lit on fire and burned up.
It could pay for a couple more Blue-Ray disks...

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

megahel57 -- Thu, 08/19/2010 - 16:56

Yes, you are right. But you have to understand that most of the clients are not patient enough or will lose interest in that time frame to do a calibration. If you take the time and explain them that breaking-in the set will provide the proper conditions for a proper calibration and that it will extend the life of the display and minimize the risks of burn-in even more, then they are more willing to go thru the tedious process. But thats just me. I always prefer to work on displays that has already been broken-in.

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