Originally Posted by Hawkmoon
I am loving my ZT, but coming from LED I am finding it hard to enjoy the TV because of fear of IR and doing the break-in period. I know it sounds weird, but I am use to plugging in a T.V. and just enjoying it with movies, gaming and whatever. But instead, I am focused on trying to get to 100 hours, then trying to get to 300 hours not playing anything widescreen with black bars in the first 100 hours or so, only trying out games for a short time out of fear that something might happen to my screen. I am currently at 56 hours on it since Sunday, been running it 48 hours straight with various blu ray t.v. shows and at night setting by blu ray to repeat 6 or so chapters of various movies.
I know I am probably being "overly" concerned, but in reading some post in this thread it seems like there are others like me that are fearing IR, especially on new units. While it has the best picture I have ever seen, the fear of IR etc. is causing me to not enjoy it as much as I want. Am I being overly sensitive? Are those that have had the set much longer can provide words of comfort? lol. I am a gamer, but rarely play any one game for more that 2 hours (which is rare)...my fiancée and I like to watch cable and blu ray, but a lot of our movies have the black bars.
With hearing the possibility that the above poster mentioned about the ST60 possible being more susceptible to IR after 500 hrs, I mean is this the way it is for Plasma?
Originally Posted by vinnie97
No, it's not...the Pioneer I owned before did not develop more susceptibility to IR as time went on. It's too early to say what's transpiring with the ST60 model, though it's not something any of us like to see.
On another note, I also watched mostly Blu-ray movies (hardly any gaming, maybe 5%, and not much more in the way of cable/satellite viewing, 20%?) on said Pioneer panel, so there was a particular preponderance of black bars on-screen due to aspect ratios. As a result, the panel did age unevenly (and this was over the course of only about 2000 hours), and it was particularly noticeable on a blank screen where the difference in wear was visually marked by horizontal bars that were slightly less dark than the remainder of the TV. An unavoidable side effect of uneven phosphor wear.
Originally Posted by repete66211
As stated above, I've seen IR on my ZT. However, it was only along the left and right edges of the screen, maybe 3 inches in. Could this be because I've watched some 4:3 content so the edge phosphors are less aged or because static images tend to be on the edges of the screen? You got me. Regardless of cause, like all IR it went away.
My Samsung A550 is 5 years old and I was playing games on it & watching 4:3 content right out of the box. IR seemed to get worse as it aged but it was always temporary and usually not visible unless I looked for it so it never bothered me. First world problems.
Thanks guys for taking the time to post your comments.
The "plasma drama" has always been the reason why I never bought or recommended them to friends in the past. The PQ is without peer (among real folks with real budgets) but the amount of attention needed to maintain them always put me off. I mean, it's a damn TV; set it and forget it! That should be the extent of one's TV involvement aside from calibration, cleaning the screen and watching it. And yes, I am chiefly aware that the alternatives to plasma technology are not without their compromises and quirks. Of course, if you're reading this, you already know that.
Anyway, all things considered, I still may
try my hand at plasma ownership. It's now a matter of how much am I willing to wager on this experiment. Hmmm...
For reference, I have absolutely ZERO interest in 3D, integrated cameras, integrated speakers, or so-called "smart apps." Additionally, I do not play video games. I'm looking for the best PQ I can get for a reasonable price. Further, I wouldn't upgrade to a newer model for many years so I'd be willing to pay a little more for the right TV provided the model is known to be reliable. Hence, my reluctance to jumping into plasma given these new IR reports as hours build up.
My planned use will be for blu-ray & sd dvd movies, occasional sports and local news. That's it.
The question now is...Which model Panny? Or, could there be a F8500 in the running?? Hmmm...
P.S. Out of curiosity, which LED TV is considered to be the leader of the pack?