The IR is bugging the heck out of me.
I have had a pn51f8500 for a week now. I have about 120 hours on the set running HBO (no logos) on the default Movie picture mode.
Last night I let my kids watch a program from NickHD, telling them they had to watch the commercials. (They are used to fast forward on DVR.) Very easy to see IR from the black "HD" portion of the logo. Went away after about 20 seconds during commercials. Then they watched a program from ABC Family. Again, some IR from the more whitish logo, cleared after about 10 seconds. After running HBO again all night I this morning I put on some cartoon network which has a high contrast black and white logo. Super noticeable IR after only 5 minutes of viewing and it took about a 1 minute to fade on the scroller. Then I put on ESPN SportsCenter. Same thing. About 8 minutes of Sportscenter left a white horizontal bar all the way across the ESPN logo visible. Took a few minutes on the scroller to calm down the retention. I'm scared to actually watch a half hour program let alone a full cartoon movie on CN or a full 1.5 hour SportsCenter on ESPN.
I love the PQ from the full screen movies I have seen on HBO. Especially at night the PQ is incredible. During the day in my bright room it's just passable. But the IR is bugging the heck out of me.
I acknowledge that I am a neurotic person prone to bouts of anxiety and over-worrying. I'm thinking that Plasma may just not be a fit for my personality.
I love the PQ and the side-viewing and the uniformity, but I don't want to be constantly worrying about IR and what my wife and kids will watch with logos, etc. And they won't be watching commercials, all their viewing is from DVR and they will fast forward through commercials. Not to mention video games. Video games aren't a large percentage of intended use in the overall usage, but for a very good game could get to 4-5 hours a day until the game is finished. (Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed...)
Will the IR get significantly less over time? I mean really really less. I have only a few more days to return the set. I hate to return anything, so I have angst on that too. But if I end up constantly freaking out over the IR I think I am better off giving up the PQ in trade for less stress.