I am new here. Love the site, always use it(without being signed up until now) to catch up on tech, as I have been a long time without money and am just now able to get caught up to the year 2012, lol.
I bought a Viera U50, 50" plasma HDTV at Best Buy two weeks ago for $699 and have had a ton of issues. The first was the "red light of death" on the first one they delivered, now the second one, which I have had for a week and a half, is having different issues. There is a lot of ghosting on the screen (image retention?) that is occurring even though I am doing the break in as I have seen described here: 200 hours of warm up, basically limit all static images, never freeze blu rays or such, keep contrast and brightness low(ive kept Contrast @ 50, Brightness @ 20) and I have played no video games as I was told that is not wise until the 200 hours is over.
Well...I am getting imaged that stay on screen anyway, even if the logo (or sports score ticker on ESPN) has been up only 15 minutes or so. What is more annoying is that if a menu or graphic is on one side of the screen(say a breaking news thing or a sports score in one area) I can see the bar going all the way across the screen. Its light, but it is there. For example, the game on NFL.network tonight, the score box along the bottom extends and "ghosts" out on both sides well past where the graphic ends.
I have ATT Uverse(which blows , I know, will get Direct or Dish when contract up), but I'm worried there is something wrong with the TV as the only issues I have seen associated with ATT are the crappy pixelation on sports and such.
I just ordered the Disney WOW 2 Disc calibration blu-ray, but iI'm not sure it will help this.
Really worried as this is my first purchase in a long time and likely last for awhile. I have the 30 day warranty so I am wondering if I need to return. Everything else is amazing about the TV, just these issues seem really annoying.
I will put the picture settings and format I use below, but if you need more info, please just let me know what and I'll post asap.
Formats used, Full mainly(95% of the time) Just sometimes if needed. Zoom only to keep letterboxes off the screen as I heard they might be bad.
Panasonic Viera TC-P50U50