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Panasonic TC-P50G20 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / May 11, 2010 5:12 AM PDT


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Below you'll find the settings we found best for viewing the Panasonic TC-P50G20 in a dark room via the HDMI input with a 1080p, film-based source. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

Picture mode: THX
[all settings default except the following]
Contrast: +62
Brightness: +68
Color: +50
Sharpness: 0
Video NR: Off
Blur reduction: On

--Advanced picture submenu
3:2 pulldown: On

As we mentioned in the review text, we also attempted a calibration via Custom mode. The results, aside from grayscale, were worse than the THX settings above, but we're including them below in case readers would like to see the difference

--Picture menu
Picture mode: Custom
Contrast: +72
Brightness: +74
Color: +32
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0
Color temp: Warm 1
Color mgmt: Off
x.v. Color: Off
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off
Blur reduction: On

-- Pro settings submenu
W/B high R: +2
W/B high B: -7
W/B low R: 0
W/B low B: +5
Black extension: 0
Gamma adjustment: 2.4
Panel brightness: Mid
Contour emphasis: Off
AGC: 0

-- Aspect adjustments submenu
Screen format: Full
HD size: Size 2
H size: [grayed out]
Xoom adjustments: [grayed out]

-- HDMI/DVI RGB range submenu: Auto [all inputs]

--Advanced picture submenu
3D Y/C filter: Off [grayed out]
Color matrix: HD [grayed out]
Block NR: Off [grayed out]
Mosquito NR: Off
Black level: Light
3:2 pulldown: Off [grayed out]
24p Direct in: 60Hz

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Samsung C6500
by PABLODIABLO613 / May 18, 2010 3:31 AM PDT

Is the next cnet television review going to be for the C6500?

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Break in
by ritwiknandagiri / July 24, 2010 12:23 AM PDT

I apologize if this is a total noob question.... but is a 100 hour break in with images and all that stuff necessary or required for this set (Panasonic TC-P50G25)


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Standard break-in for plasmas
by PABLODIABLO613 / July 24, 2010 2:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Break in

A 100 to 200 hour break-in is the safe standard for plasma televisions. During the break-in period you want to keep the contrast and brightness settings no higher than the halfway point. You also don't want to leave any still images (including television icons in the corners or sports/business tickers) on the screen for more than an hour per viewing session. Don't forget to activate any burn protection features your plasma may have (e.g. pixel orbiting/shifting).

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Break in contd.
by ritwiknandagiri / July 24, 2010 2:13 AM PDT

Is it a case of just being gentle with the tv (brightness and settings at halfway etc) or running a set of break-in images (like those recommended at other forums) for a 100 hrs before you are allowed to watch anything else?

Again thanks! any info is much appreciated. I am a total noob who just bought his first Hi def plasma.

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It's up to you...
by PABLODIABLO613 / July 24, 2010 2:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Break in contd.

I personally was just "gentle" with my plasma as you put it. I kept my settings conservative while I watched tv for the first 160+ hours. However, a friend of mine left his plasma on a channel that doesn't go off the air (e.g. MTV2) for over 180 hours straight to break his plasma in as quickly as possible and he says it's working great for him. I would assume that a break-in pattern would work as well as long as no still image is displayed for any significant anount of time.

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Review no mention
by wade627 / November 7, 2010 4:52 AM PST
In reply to: It's up to you...

of break in period so is it okay to use settings and forget it your saying its up to you?

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Is THX Mode recommended for all Watching?
by rbaumy2 / August 25, 2010 7:49 AM PDT

Is THX just recommended for Movies, or should it be the default for standard HD TV watching?

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