Originally Posted by ajcast5201
Thanks for the advice! Unfortunately, I wouldn't have a return policy because he's selling it at a heavily discounted price due to the burn-in. I've done some research, and it seems that most IR can be eliminated with time, so that's what I'm hoping happens with this TV, and I was hoping to see if anyone here had similar experiences with their UT50 models.
All of my IR has faded in time, but depending on the severity it might take hundreds or even thousands of hours in the worst case scenario.
However ,be careful of other defects, when I first got mine I noticed a green "blob" when running the scrolling bar utility, but it went away after 80 hours of use so I just assumed it was fine and needed to age a bit, but then at around 2000+ hours or so I started to develop a pink blob visible on a pure white screen and green edges. After some more time it got worse and worse until I could tell a visible difference in clouds in the sky... any in the center will be pinkish and ones on the edges greenish/yellowish. Same goes for people wearing white shirts. Now I can even tell in skin tones if someone's face is near the edge of the screen I can tell part of their face is pink tinted and the other side green tinted.
I've seen uniformity issues like this before, my Optoma HD20 DLP projector has a similar issue with the right side being greenish and the left side being pinkish, but it's not as pronounced so I can live with it... However, it's gotten so bad on my UT50 it looks like someone has pissed down the side of my screen (but a bit more green than yellow) and I want nothing more to do with the TV.
If Panasonic won't replace mine I'll gladly sell you mine for cheap and then buy another TV (not Panasonic). If they replace it with an ST60 that is acceptable I'd be happy though and continue to recommend Panasonic. Again though, if they don't, I'm going to be very unhappy and definitely hold a grudge against Panasonic because this kind of defect is not acceptable especially for a company that sells TVs with special THX menus with special color fine tuning adjustments, only to say it's "normal" for a TV to have variances in panel color uniformity which have to be at least equal to like a deltaE of 20 or something, if not more.
I really get the feeling the UT50 is a bit lackluster compared to some of their 2011's and 2013s... in general I've been unimpressed with Panasonic's 2012 models and I would recommend just getting an ST60 or something instead. The UT50's whites always look dingy because ABL kicks in way too easily and often, even before I started getting the horrible color uniformity issues.
I was quite happy though until I started to get this pink center and green edges issue, but right now I'm pissed it's been two weeks since I've called them and I've gotten no response on what they are going to do about it. Just a repair guy replacing two boards over a week ago which I knew wasn't going to do anything as the problem looks like a panel defect and now I've been waiting over a week since then just to find out what they are going to do for me.