Originally Posted by repete66211
Hard to tell what the defect is. Could be IR or burn in from subtitles or text of some sort. Panel damage like that probably can't be fixed, only be replaced. And since they stopped making these TVs a year ago I seriously doubt Panasonic is going to have any panels available for replacement. As far as buying a new or used one, that depends on your local shops. Not many are willing to take a high dollar item into inventory and hold onto it for a long time. Chances are all retail stores have been depleted or, if they have any in stock, they could be defective and/or returned units. Because this TV is a bit finicky in regards to image retention and a few other issues, I would be very wary of buying a used unit from someone I didn't know.
I think you're going to end up with a refund. What to buy now? I really haven't been keeping up with the new TVs. Personally, I think 4k is a marketing gimmick. It'll probably have more staying power than 3D did, but as I understand it the format has yet to be standardized. Given that and the fact that we're still looking at early adopter prices, I don't know if I would buy a TV today. I might try to find a Samsung 8500 or, if money is no object, the LG OLED, to hold me over until the new 4k tech is finalized. I certainly wouldn't buy an LCD TV.
Originally Posted by katzman
Chas, Can you really see it under normal viewing conditions, or is it because that you know it's there? I had a 50" Panny plasma with one (1) stuck pixel at the lower left of the screen. I swear I could see it at 8 ft.! Of course I couldn't, but it bothered me that much. That TV is now in my "man cave" and I have only seen it once, that was when I got within 1 foot of the screen to see if it was still there. Did you run your screen swipe for a few hours? I had a station logo on the bottom of my 60"ZT and I read I should swipe it for hours. It went away after 5-6 hours of swiping.
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Thanks for the responses.
I don't think the defect is IR, I can't imagine what the image would be from. I have tried the screen swipe, although only for about an half hour or so. I will try running it overnight and see if that will diminish or eliminate the effect.
Ever since I first noticed it's hard for me not to notice it anymore. Sometimes when I get really engrossed in a program I'm watching on the screen the effect leaves my consciousness, but it always eventually comes back. It's especially noticeable on light-colored backgrounds; a white background is the worst.
I think it's really sad that they did not stockpile enough parts to even cover the warranty period. The technicians that came out to fix the set had to come out twice because the first time they showed up one of the replacement boards was defective. I can understand getting one bad board, but the second time they came out with another replacement board, for the defective replacement board, and this board was defective as well. They sure don't make them like they used to. The Panasonic CRT TV this plasma replaced lasted for about 20 years without a single problem.
I am hesitant about buying a used panel, just thought I'd put that option on the table and see if anyone else had any experience doing it.
As far as what's available on the market today, nothing really impresses me enough to want to make a purchase. Unfortunately I need to obtain a replacement for this set. It's a no-win situation.