CNET Reviews TVs Panasonic flat-panel TVs Panasonic TC-P55ST50
Originally Posted by falconman515
Ummm .... OK ... how about CNET.com for confirmation since everyone on this forum has no clue what there talking about!
Editors' note, June 12, 2012: The rating on this review has been modified from 8.8 to a 9.2, and its Value subrating changed from 9 to 10, to reflect recent reviews since the time of publication. The product was also awarded CNET's 2012 Editors' Choice in the plasma TV category.
Honestly, have to believe that if CNET felt there was a Fatal Flaw in the 2012 models, they would NOT have awarded the Editor's Choice designation to the ST50.
Am on record - with numerous posts - that our 60ST50 went through a period of (What I Considered To Be)
Quick Onset / Medium- to Long-Duration IR, primarily based upon our experience with a number of other Panasonic plasmas.
Am also on record that, at some point beyond 400 hours of usage, this panel "settled in," and its IR tendency has since improved to the point where 1) onset and duration appear "normal," and, accordingly 2) I no longer consider it a Problem Area.
Other owners have reported a similar experience to ours - and while there certainly are reports of "Significant IR," many other owners have reported "NO Visible IR" on their panels.
Still, frankly, would agree with Cnet's Conclusion
It's hard to draw wider conclusions about Samsung and Panasonic plasmas' burn-in fighting characteristics from this one inadvertent test.... If you're buying a TV and want to use it as an occasional PC monitor I would still recommend using an LCD, but gaming and occasional Web browsing on a plasma is fine. The fact that these effects faded over time should give you some reassurance that this is not a permanent issue for a modern plasma TV. If it doesn't, by all means get an LCD.
But despite the ever-decreasing concerns about burn-in there's one reason I will always pick a plasma over an LCD: image quality. For the money nothing can beat a plasma for deep black levels, wide viewing angles, uniformity, and motion-blur-free gaming. Until OLED TVs become affordable -- and word is they may also be susceptible to burn-in -- I will be choosing a plasma for use at home.
Perhaps Samsung has found a way to mitigate IR: if so, they are to be commended.
OTOH, perhaps IR will raise its head at some point down the line.
Or, perhaps, there is an Inherent "Brightness vs IR Balance," and in 2012 Pan came down on the side of increased brightness - at the cost of increased tendency for IR. After all, it doesn't seem that long ago that I was reading posts about IR problems on Samsungs, and lack of brightness on Panasonics...
Again, even the WORST IR that we have seen on a Panasonic
Plasma, has been Just That: IR.
TEMPORARY Image Retention - NOT permanent "Burn In." A common terminology mix-up that even the CNet author falls prey to.
(Have seen several LG panels that appeared to have Actual Burn-in, although these were all panels that were likely to have been "abused" on a consistent basis.)
If the retained image cannot be seen during normal programming, and/or dissipates within a short time period of RUNNING normal programming, then it does not seem like an issue worthy of consternation.
But if IR concerns will cause you to lose sleep at night, then either buy a Samsung (the E6500 has received excellent reviews) - & keep your fingers crossed - or get an LCD. We use our plasmas exclusively for TV and Movie viewing, and are unwilling to give up "the deep black levels, wide viewing angles, [and] uniformity" they provide over an occasional, and currently minor, issue.