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Plasma Image Retention?

by 19Bones / November 30, 2008 11:19 PM PST

I bought a Panasonic 50" plasma this fall (model TH50PZ850U). After displaying shows/games with static images I often see a ghost image of after switching inputs to display a black screen. This goes away after a minute or two of moving images. Sometimes the ghost image is of something that was only displayed for a few seconds. Is this normal, or am I not taking proper care of my new HDTV? I have about 120 hours on the TV.

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normal stuff for plasma
by Pepe7 / December 1, 2008 12:13 AM PST

That's a very nice HDTV, btw ;). A certain amount of IR is normal w/ a plasma. Now if it didn't go away quickly like you've described, then you have a problem per se. FWIW, there's some excellent discussion of this particular phenomenon over @ avs forum-


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you need to read up on something
by givemeaname / December 1, 2008 3:44 AM PST

break in time for plasma tv's

Panasonic (goes for ANY plasma too)-
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"4. What is the "break-in" period and what should I do during the break-in period to minimize any risk of image retention?
When your plasma TV is initially installed, the first 100 hours of use is known as the "break-in period." During this time, to minimize any risk of image retention, you should:

Make sure the plasma TV is in a viewing mode (aspect ratio) that completely fills the screen. The panel is shipped in this condition, in what is called the "Just" mode.
Turn down the Picture setting (in the Picture menu) to +0.
Briefly engage the 4:3 mode and confirm the side bars are set to "Mid", or "Bright". This can be adjusted in the Set Up menu.
Always return the display mode that fills the screen (such as Just, Zoom, Full, or H-FILL).
Try not to view channels with stationary backgrounds or logos for extended periods of time.
Avoid extended display of static images (video games, computer images, DVD title screens, etc.). "

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That is an elaborate way to say
by NM_Bill / December 2, 2008 7:20 AM PST

don't set the TV brightness & contrast to maximum. That is not the appropriate picture. Turn those two settings back to normal.

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