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#357879 - 11/02/11 07:53 AM Plasma TV
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Hello Everyone. I'm looking for a new TV and was wondering what are your thoughts on Plasma? Do you fell that burn in is still a problem? Thank you for your time and responses. Have a great day!!!!

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#357880 - 11/02/11 08:00 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: hybrid]
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Hi George, my personal preference is plasma. The gap between LCD/LED and plasma is always narrowing, but I personally still prefer the look and (usually) deeper blacks from a plasma set. While the possibility of burn in still exists, I think it's much less of an issue with today's sets. I have had a Panny plasma for the past 3 years and no burn in issues at all.
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#357883 - 11/02/11 08:30 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: cb919]
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Thank you for the fast reply. What precautions have you taken to prevent burn in? I read that there contrast and bightness should be turned down for the first 100 to 200 hours.

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#357885 - 11/02/11 09:14 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: hybrid]
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I have not taken any special precautions. I simply make sure to turn on burn in protection if it's available on connected devices (i.e. PS3 and even within specific game menus). Also I have the TV auto power off if no signal change for extended period of time. I have had once or twice very faint temporary imprints that were hardly noticeable and were quickly removed with a the TV's built in 'screen wipe' functionality. I forget what Panny calls it but it basically sweeps a super bright white stripe across the screen to clear any image ghosts. I also have calibration discs that activate all 'pixels' to achieve the same thing. I think temporary image retention is possible but you'd have to work hard to get a permanent burn-in issue.

I'm sure some other opinions will be along soon.


Edited by cb919 (11/02/11 09:15 AM)
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#357886 - 11/02/11 09:30 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: cb919]
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i would say the same thing as cb919 and add that LCD's are also subject to burn-in, just like CRT's and Plasmas, but the recent tv's are much better in this regard than in "old times".

one just has to not keep a static image on the screen for hours on end (or days), and also use the side masks when watching 1.33:1 programs (Std TV).
my kuro also has what they call an "orbiter"; it makes the image move around (in a circle) by very small amounts, a few pixels.
one is not aware of it working, but it softens any line or transition in the image that could "imprint" the panel.
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#357887 - 11/02/11 09:38 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: hybrid]
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Originally Posted By: hybrid
Thank you for the fast reply. What precautions have you taken to prevent burn in? I read that there contrast and bightness should be turned down for the first 100 to 200 hours.


the "calibration disc" can be had by asking in the Plasma thread in AVS forum. it's a "burn-in" disc. i don't remember the name, but if you ask they'll tell you where to get it. you just dl it and burn it to CD or DVD.

a plasma tv is more sensitive to image retention and/or burn-in when it's new. lots of people recommend running this DVD for around 200 hours at night or when no one is watching tv.
manufacturers are neutral about it.

Edit: just found the address for the burn-in disc in AVS:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=949107


Edited by J. B. (11/02/11 09:41 AM)
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#357888 - 11/02/11 09:41 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: J. B.]
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Plasma also doesn't suffer from off angle viewing problems that the LCD'S do with blacks getting lighter. I'm not sure if LCD with LED backlit has this problem.

I do know that Visio LCD that I've looked in the stores has a wider viewing angle.


Edited by CatBrat (11/02/11 09:42 AM)

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#357891 - 11/02/11 10:32 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: CatBrat]
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Just for reference I have the Disney WOW calibration BR disc. The feature i refer to they call a 'pixel flipper'. (Hmmmm... is that a good band name - The Pixel Flippers'?) confused
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#357899 - 11/02/11 10:50 AM Re: Plasma TV [Re: cb919]
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Hi hybrid,

I'm a guest of fellow Axiom colleagues Debbie and Jeff and I'm watching a stunning-looking Samsung 50-inch plasma well off-axis as I write this. If it were an LCD, there would be contrast and color changes at this angle of off-axis viewing.

I've been recommending Samsung and Panasonic plasmas for some years now.

Just don't run a specific channel with a constant logo on a plasma all day long and you should be fine.

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#357908 - 11/02/11 12:25 PM Re: Plasma TV [Re: J. B.]
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Originally Posted By: J. B.
Originally Posted By: hybrid
Thank you for the fast reply. What precautions have you taken to prevent burn in? I read that there contrast and bightness should be turned down for the first 100 to 200 hours.


the "calibration disc" can be had by asking in the Plasma thread in AVS forum. it's a "burn-in" disc. i don't remember the name, but if you ask they'll tell you where to get it. you just dl it and burn it to CD or DVD.

a plasma tv is more sensitive to image retention and/or burn-in when it's new. lots of people recommend running this DVD for around 200 hours at night or when no one is watching tv.
manufacturers are neutral about it.

Edit: just found the address for the burn-in disc in AVS:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=949107


my mistake, i should have written: it's a break-in disc.


Edited by J. B. (11/02/11 12:26 PM)
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