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Old 10-02-2012, 12:23 AM - Thread Starter
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I recently had a defective Samsung PN51D550 exchanged by the warranty service for a brand-new PN51E550, and I've noticed that enabling the "Screen Fit" aspect setting still disables the anti-burn Pixel Shift feature, as the ratio must be set to 16:9 for it to work.

My dilemma is that I use my PC to watch movies and play games on my TV, and leaving it in 16:9 causes overscan/scaling issues that can only be resolved by setting the input's name to "PC" or otherwise setting the view to "Screen Fit." I don't really like PC mode because, while the pixel shift works as 16:9 becomes Screen Fit, you lose some settings and the PQ looks a little diminished. The set does get some console gaming time in, too, so I'm worried about potential burn-in.

My question is, what do you guys think of turning it off/leaving it on? Is it really that effective? Is the loss in picture worth the benefit of a precautionary measure? Thanks for your input!
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I think the pixel orbiter is just there to make people feel better. To me it doesn't seem to do much. It only shifts the image slightly, a small number of pixels worth, so rather than prevent burn in or image retention it will just blur the edges of a burned in image. I leave my Panasonic in THX mode which completely disables the pixel orbiter feature and haven't had a problem. Then again, I don't game or use the TV as a monitor. I'd say just be aware of your usage, and running some full-screen content with a lot of action after a gaming session will do more to prevent IR than a pixel shift feature.
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I think the pixel orbiter is just there to make people feel better. To me it doesn't seem to do much. It only shifts the image slightly, a small number of pixels worth, so rather than prevent burn in or image retention it will just blur the edges of a burned in image. I leave my Panasonic in THX mode which completely disables the pixel orbiter feature and haven't had a problem. Then again, I don't game or use the TV as a monitor. I'd say just be aware of your usage, and running some full-screen content with a lot of action after a gaming session will do more to prevent IR than a pixel shift feature.


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I recently had a defective Samsung PN51D550 exchanged by the warranty service for a brand-new PN51E550, and I've noticed that enabling the "Screen Fit" aspect setting still disables the anti-burn Pixel Shift feature, as the ratio must be set to 16:9 for it to work.
My dilemma is that I use my PC to watch movies and play games on my TV, and leaving it in 16:9 causes overscan/scaling issues that can only be resolved by setting the input's name to "PC" or otherwise setting the view to "Screen Fit." I don't really like PC mode because, while the pixel shift works as 16:9 becomes Screen Fit, you lose some settings and the PQ looks a little diminished. The set does get some console gaming time in, too, so I'm worried about potential burn-in.
My question is, what do you guys think of turning it off/leaving it on? Is it really that effective? Is the loss in picture worth the benefit of a precautionary measure? Thanks for your input!

I use the pixel orbiter, daily. I dont really notice it because its so subtle, so subtle infact that i doubt it truley works:)--may just be for peace of mind. At any rate, I have not dealt with any extensive IR at all. The only time being, is when I had DIRECTV installed, and the reciever calibrater had a bright "static" image for a good while. However, a few minutes with the scroll bar and is was a non-issue. But, like fatuglyguy, I also do not use mine (Panasonic 55ST50) as a monitor. Ultimately just be careful and dont abuse the television and you should be fine. By the way mine has a september build date, so that could be why I experience next to no IR!?!
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Oh and I use mine on cinema mode with the contrast at about 86 for all my viewing, and game mode with contrast dialed back to 86 when I play my Xbox.
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Depending on your video card, if its AMD or nvidia, you can reduce the overscan or underscan usimg their respective control panels.
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