Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: San Francisco, CA
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I hoping F8500 owners can give me some good advice for my situation. I'm in the midst of replacing my year-ish-old Panasonic ST60, which had terrific PQ but started showing the quick-onset, annoyingly persistent image retention you may have heard about with Panasonic's recent 3D plasma panels. I had the ghost of the Xbox One logo visible against light backgrounds for MONTHS despite it being on screen for about 10 minutes, for example. No good.
In any case, the Panny experience left me skittish about plasmas generally, as I've gotten back into console gaming and just didn't want to deal with that sort of long-term IR. Thing is, I'm also a film buff, and the dark-room movie experience of a plasma is just fantastic.
Last week I bought a Samsung H7150 "LED" LCD and had my Panasonic taken away. During the day, the LCD looks good. First evening with it, though, and there it was: the blotchy, glowing not-black "black" screen of an LCD panel. I could possibly get used to it, but knowing what plasma blacks look like, I don't know that I'm ready to put up with it.
I've searched all over to see if people have similar IR problems with the F8500 that I had with my Panasonic. Looks like no, but I need a reality check here. Before I officially exchange the LCD for the F8500, can other gamers confirm that non-abusive gaming is going to be okay on this plasma? I'm happy to run other content after a few hours of gaming to keep things clean. Will my F8500 experience be different from the Panasonic?