Ok guys, got mine in a little over a week ago, and I said a few weeks ago I'd report, so here it is:
Well first off, I had to splurge on the surround sound and a good Oppo DVD player as well. DVD movies look FANTASTIC on this set. And then, of course, I had to upgrade to HD channels on my DISH, which looks great (not as good as DVD tho, i assume due to the source). But I've really been enjoying it the past week.
One problem so far though -- last night we had some bad weather here, and i lost my feed for a few minutes. So I let the DISH screen stay up for maybe 3 minutes MAX, and when I turned the TV off, I noticed a glow in the area where the DISH logo and satellite connection screen were. So I turned it back on and went to the White feature under the Picture and Burn-In Prevention settings, and could REALLY notice the image retention that was there. So, I let the Scrolling function run for like an hour and that fixed it. No more image retention. Good.
So tonight, I'm paranoid. I watched Fam Guy on Cartoon Network for a little bit. The CN logo was down in the lower right of the screen for a few minutes (again 3-5 minutes max). So just to see, I went to the White screen again, and yep, could see the logo quite clearly. So I'm currently running the Scrolling function...again.
This is my first plasma, and I really am loving it. But I'm obviously a little paranoid. And I'm not trying to start anything here by bringing this up, but am I being overzealous with this retention thing? Would those kind of retained images work themselves out with normal viewing, or is it necessary to clear them out? Seem like it happens VERY easily and VERY quickly.
Other than that, I'd say this was a great deal. The color and picture on this TV are fantastic. I hope to continue enjoying this tv after i get over this paranoia of image retention. O and I realize that there is a forum dedicated to Burn In/IR topics, but I figured since it was related to this TV directly then it still applies here. Thanks guys.