Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Lansing, MI via Kentucky, Georgia & Tennessee
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I think susceptibility to IR varies from one set to another. If that is the case, it would be nice to know what the issue is and possibly "fix" it.
I bought a 55" VT60 at the end of June. It was a floor model at a friend's small electronics store. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of any issues with IR prior to purchase, bought on impulse, didn't run color slides etc. and it has minor persistent IR, or possibly permanent burn in, in the bottom right corner. The set had about 1,000 hours on it when purchased, and now has about 1700 total. I know for this particular set, if there is a static image on the screen for a relatively short period of time, it will take days for it to eventually fade away completely.
I bought a "new" 65" VT60 over Labor Day and that set seems pretty resistant to IR. It had 0 hours on it when purchased, and now has just over 100. I will admit that I'm being extremely careful, but if I watch a football game for 15-20 minutes without changing the channel, I can see no evidence of IR. I don't think that would be the case on the 55", but I haven't really confirmed how long an image needs to be displayed before remaining visible for some length of time. I know I watched the Golf Channel one night prior to the PGA Championship, and it couldn't have been more than an hour or so and the Golf logo in the bottom right corner of the screen persisted for many, many viewing hours afterwards.