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Plasma Burn In Question - PN50A510

Hello!

I purchased the above TV at BestBuy earlier this year and have been very pleased with it. However, lately I have noticed the tendency for images, particularly network logos, to quickly leave a image on the screen after only watching a channel for a short while. For example, my kids watched the Disney channel for an hour and and a half yesterday and the Disney ears logo remained on the screen when the channel is changed. I watched Monday Night Football last night and the "score" bar that is on the screen for most of the game was still an image on the screen when I moved on to another channel. The good news in all of this is that the images do go away after watching another channel for about a half hour or so, but the fact that this is happening often concerns me. I do have (and have had) the pixel shift set at the maximum setting...4 vertical and 4 horizontal every 1 minute...is there something else I can do besides changing the channel every 15 minutes to keep the burn in at bay?

Thanks!

Mark

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Hi again...any suggestions anyone?

Thanks!

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Plasma Burn In Question - PN50A510

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mlb160,

Image retention on a plasma can be normal, and temporary. From what you describe, this is likely the scenario. It just means that pixels in the same proximity spent a lot of time on the same color, and have created a similar residual image retention.

Burn-In would be the constant setting on an image, and doing that can cause long-term or permanent burn-in. Unless you have your settings "torched" (on the brightest settings, contrast and brightness amped, etc), then you probably won't get burn-in in the long term.

Most of the time, even commercials may provide the "break" necessary to not have any long term effect at all. If you have the Scrolling feature available in the Screen Protection menu, you might try running that after a particularly long exposure to static images. But if it goes away, then it's just a temporary image retention.

--HDTech

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Contrast Setting

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Thank you very much for the response! I checked the TV settings and noticed that the contrast was set at 95, which I gather is too high....the brightness was at 50 I lowered it down to 75 and the image retention seems to have lessened a bit. Could this have been the issue? Is it that simple?

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The setting I lowered was the contrast (from 95 to 75)...I kept the brightness at 50...

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mlb160,

For the most part - and barring a long boring expose on plasma gas, phosphors and electronic components.... yes. It can be that simple. Switching from "Dynamic" to "Standard" has somewhat of the same effect, and some people prefer to adjust it to "Standard" and then make some minor adjustments to the picture settings.

But you be the judge. Try it out, and keep me posted.

--HDTech

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