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Plasma Burn-in

by DELeeOH / July 3, 2013 7:31 AM PDT

I have just purchased a second large screen TV, and this time opted for a plasma due to rave reviews by cNet and other authorities. It may have been a mistake, not because there's anything wrong with the TV. The picture is, as the cNet reviewer said, "jaw-dropping." I find that I am paranoid about burn in to the point I am not enjoying the device. When a bar or network logo stays on the screen for more than a minute or two I'm screaming "Get it off! Get it off!' Then I change the channel. The other three TVs in the home are LCD so this was never a problem before. Are there any Lucy Van Pelt wannabees out there who will step into their 5-cent psychiatric help stands and provide some much-needed therapy?

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Don't worry about it...
by sunwatcher / July 3, 2013 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Plasma Burn-in

I've owned a Samsung plasma for about 4 years now. I will see residual images on the screen from a static image, such as tickers or station logos, or when I am gaming. I will sometimes see the image if I turn the TV off and back on hours later, but it is never permanent. Static images are a normal part of programming where I live.

I recommend reading this CNet article regarding "burn-in" to help put your mind at ease.

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Helpful Advice
by DELeeOH / July 3, 2013 10:57 AM PDT

The cNet article is very informative and helpful. Too bad Panasonic's legal department apparently requires a large boxed statement in the documentation warning about image retention and specifically excluding it from warranty coverage. Then they list several things, e.g. channel numbers and other graphic elements, a viewer can't do anything about!

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Image retention is not the same as burn-in
by Pepe7 / July 5, 2013 12:57 AM PDT
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FYI, IR is not the same as burn-in though. IR is a transient phenomenon, and quite common on these larger displays. It will not hurt the device, but will go away on its own. Burn-in on the other hand, *is* permanent damage, which Panny will not cover.

Question: Did you take the time to learn about this device, especially how one can employ break in time (and content too, if you choose) before regular use(?)

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