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#28778 11-Dec-2008 12:32
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Sorry if this sound like a dumb question, but I have recently purchased a Samsung LA40A650 and I was just curious whether there was anything special that should be done to wear in the LCD? The only reason I ask is that I have heard part of a conversation where a person who purchased an Plasma,changed all the colour settings to very high or very low or a period to "wear" in the TV. I don't know whether I heard this correctly or whether it is bogus?

Also what things should I look out for in regards to any defects?

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  #183532 11-Dec-2008 14:50
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Hey there,

The only checks i am aware of with lcd's is to check for permanent black spots in the screen although alot harder than it sounds as you need a permanent non-black colour on the screen to check for this.


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  #183593 11-Dec-2008 17:47
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I have never heard of wearing in a plasma. I know that running it random with the brightness up is a way to remove some semi-permanant screenburn but thats about it... I put it down to one of those tricks for delaying the return of things for long enough that the 2 weeks they get a refund is up, much like wearing in speakers...


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  #183892 13-Dec-2008 17:24
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Yes it does pay to "run in" a Plasma.
During the first 100 hours critical use is pays not to allow black bars to show from movies or content.
It pays to run the display in lower modes, movie type modes.
It pays not to use PC(HTPC) based images, web browsing and especially gaming during this period.

The reasoning for this is that the plasma ages in a halflife fashion which follows a log curve. During the first 100hours or so the decrease in pixel is rapid, steep then rolls off. Because of this wear differences can show up, as image retension that appears permenant.

There is a run in DVD avaliable, or there is fast tracking methods requiring a video generator or similar. However general use is generally ok, as long as you follow the above guideline.

LCD's generally don't require the same precautionary measures, however I would still follow a plasma run in guideline for the first 100 hours. (The Samsung LCD manual does mention burn in as a possibility).

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  #184184 15-Dec-2008 08:34
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Myself I believe one can go so far without been silly.... Laughing      (I dont want to rark this topic up.... but its true!)

A LCD really doesnt need 'breaking in' in the same way as plasmas do.  The light cells in a plasma emit their own light and that is why plasmas have a few problems with the first 100hrs. 

Myself Ive never been crazy on changing the colours of plasmas but only dropping cell lights and contrast in first 100hrs.  Every 10hrs from day one turn in up a few clicks. Dont get to the end of 100hrs and crank it backup.

For the more avg Joe all you need to worry about is screen burn in this period.  Its super easy on your brand new plasma.

"100hrs" is a guide.

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