Originally Posted by afxtwn
While this thread is 100% necessary and should continue, I think we all need to band together and spend our time elsewhere to fight this now!!! I have a proposal. I just wrote a review on Amazon.com as I am now the owner of a 65V10 that transformed into a 65" Vizio LCD with severe IR!!! It only took a Jan 2010 build 135 to 150 hours to develop it's "Panel Cancer". Yes we now need to dub it this as that is exactly what it is!!! Every owner of one of these infected panels needs to go online and write their own variation of this:
This is how your review will appear:
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE!!! DO NOT BUY PANASONIC PLASMAS!!!, February 8, 2010
By YarnSOupOFTHEDAY "SOups" (INDIANA) - See all my reviews
Panasonic is widely known as a major manufacturer of some of the most popular plasma displays available. What is not known however is that this company is EXTREMELY cruel and has no regard for the customers that pump out thousands of dollars for their sets. It is becoming more and more public as each day passes that one of the MAJOR features of this set (the only one in my opinion that would set it apart from the remaining plasma competition) it's black levels, are stripped away in an unacceptably short amount of time. Numerous long time members of enthusiasts website "AVS Forum" have posted results taken by actual light meters that their black levels had DOUBLED in as little as 200 to 300 hours of use. In addition, a feature that is a marketing gimmick to begin with also becomes even more of a non-feature when this bug in their software begins it's reign of terror on the panel. I am referring to none other that the "infinite black feature". Now you would think that this feature enables the T.V to display an infinite level of black in content viewed on the panel lending an unparalleled amount of depth, richness, and realism to the images. Um...no. All it does is drops an input with either no signal, or an image that does not require one pixel to be lit up to 0.00FTL. Which is essentially absolute black. Rest assured that if one lowly little pixel lights up, your infinite black 0.00FTL turns into 0.08FTL, which is not bad at all, but by no means infinite black. Hold on it gets better. This feature as useless as it is, is only available in the most useless of all AV selections, that's right folks, Vivid. Try this on Custom, Game, Standard, or even the mighty (sorry I just threw up a little in my mouth) THX mode, and it's a no go. Well, when the panel "Cancer" begins, one of the symptoms is that you may loose this wonderful feature. Essentially you will have an LCD with none of the perks of an LCD. The once rich deep picture becomes a washed out, uninspiring mess to look at. I hoped that I might be spared of this disease but as soon as I hit around 130 hours, my lush beautiful Panasonic plasma transformed into a 65" LCD that only gets half as bright as an LCD and none of the pop either. Not to mention I get a free side order of severe image retention to go along with it. There is no way Panasonic does not know exactly what is causing this. The "leaders" of this company could have all of the people that know every inner working of this T.V assembled in a room within a day if they wanted (which no doubt they did) and have the issue explained to them as this is a necessary "job" for every display to do. However, Panasonic is the only plasma that compromises it's black levels to do so. Voltages that charge the display's pixels need to be adjusted to compensate for wear on the materials in the panel. Panasonic basically bought themselves a stretch Hummer made of platinum to compensate for the little winky in it's pants. Basically I am saying that the voltage increases are way overcompensated. Sorry, I can be a little evil when I am angry. Anyway, this is the statement that Panasonic has released to C-Net.
"Panasonic Viera plasma HDTVs deliver exceptional picture performance throughout the lifetime of these products. Various elements and material characteristics of all electronic displays change with use over time. In order to achieve the optimal picture performance throughout the life of the set, Panasonic Viera plasma HDTVs incorporate an automatic control which adjusts an internal driving voltage at predetermined intervals of operational hours.
As a result of this automatic voltage adjustment, background brightness will increase from its initial value. After several years of typical use, the internal material characteristics will stabilize and no additional automatic voltage adjustments are required. The Black Level at this stabilized point will yield excellent picture performance.
The newest Viera plasma HDTVs incorporate an improved automatic control which applies the voltage adjustments in smaller increments. This results in a more gradual change in the Black Level over time.
Need I say more. Additionally Panasonic CSRs have told many customers that the investigation is complete and there will be no fix because there is no problem. Many chats on Panasonic's concierge chat feature were posted on the AVS Forum where they contradict themselves in the same chat over, and over again. Please google this issue and you will never buy ANYTHING with a Panasonic badge of shame on it again.
Go on Bestbuy.com and do it, Amazon and do it, anywhere that will let you write a review, copy, paste it and come out with guns a blazin!!! Think of how many plasma consumers make online purchases. Think of how many check customer reviews. Do you think Panasonic checks these retailer's websites to see how people think of their crappy products. I'd be willing to bet my baby makers that they do. So let this be the beginning of the end of Panasonic's unacceptable treatment to it's most valued customers. Let us strike a blow that will resonate even through the headquarters of Samsung, LG, and what the heck, even the all mighty VIZIO!!! COMINIYEAHAAA!!!!!!