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Just bought a new Plasma tv. I got a couple of questions.

by Behindthescenes / November 15, 2006 5:45 PM PST

I just bought a Panasonic TH-42PX60U. I got a really good deal. Fry's were selling them for $1290.99 and Best buy did a price match. I read that the first 100 hrs keep the contrast ratio down to 50 percent or so and leave it in full screen. How good is the contrast ratio at 50 percent? Second I have a DVR. Will I have any problems fast forwarding through commercials? Will it create problems like getting burn ins or ghotsing? Did any of you fellas that own a plasma and fast forward through shows or DVD movies get any type of problems? Any other suggestions would be great. Also on this link

It talks about ISF calibrations. What does that mean and is that a good setting to BREAK IN my plasma? Thanks.

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by dukelover79 / November 15, 2006 11:51 PM PST

I don't have answers to your questions, but I have a question about Best Buy and Fry's. Did Best Buy price match based on the online price? Just curious because I thought they didn't do that, but if they do that would be great.

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re: plasma
by Behindthescenes / November 16, 2006 9:21 AM PST
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It was a in store sale by fry's. It was a early door buster sale. My buddy told me that someone told him that fry's was having this sale. I asked best buy if they price matched. They said yes.

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First thing to do is to read the owners book!!!!!!!
by jcrobso / November 15, 2006 11:55 PM PST

Burn in is caused by leaving a static image on the screen for long, long periods of time!!!!
A plasma is more sensitive to this during the first 100 hours. That's why you ONLY view full screen during this time.
Follow the recommendations on the link you have!!!
After the first 100 hours you may want to get Digital Video Essentials
OR from There is also one from Avid.
They will guide you through getting the best setting for YOUR HDTV, the factory settings are just ballpark. John

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Congrats on Your Purchase
by NewsyL / November 16, 2006 1:31 AM PST

What a great deal you got. I bought the same TV the first week of August. Prices have sure come down since then.

First thing you do with your TV is get the picture setting out of "Vivid" mode. That is the default the TV is shipped with and most people swear it is a deliberate setting to have the brightest screen possible for display in stores.

Set it to "Standard" and then use something like this:

Picture ............ 0 << this is your CONTRAST level
Brightness ......... 0
Color .............. -4
Tint ............... -6
Sharpness -14
Enhanced Black Level Off << maybe only applicable for external inputs

After 100 hours:

Picture ............ +6
Brightness ......... 0

Some people swear by:

Picture ............ +22
Brightness ......... +8

But I personally would have to wear sunglasses to watch it at those levels.

However, for daytime viewing with ambient light spilling into the room I use the "Vivid" mode but tweaked as such:

Picture ............ +12
Brightness ......... +4


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