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Burn-in: Plasmas really that bad for moderate gaming?

by epyon-rx7 / June 5, 2004 6:04 AM PDT

Is burn in really that big a deal?

I'm considering the Panasonic TH-42PA20U that's gotten great reviews and looks fantastic in person.

What's the threshold for burn in on a display like this? I'd probably be gaming for about a half hour to an hour at a time. Are there certain images (bright colors) that are more susceptible to the problem? Would simply switching to a live TV screen and back every 15 minutes or so be enough?

I've read that keeping the contrast down goes a long way toward avoiding burn in. Any other tips?

I've also heard that plasmas have features to alleviate the problem - what are they?

And what about the black bars on the sides that appear when using a 4:3 signal - any problems there?

Lastly, I know most LCDs don't have fast refresh rates, leading to ghosting and bluring in fast motion sceens. Do plasmas have the same problem? This would make a big diffference in action gaming...

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