i have started to notice a few issues with my ST50 and thought i would run it by you folks to see what the "pros" think.
issue #1- horizontal lines seem to continue accross the entire screen.
This is most noticeable if i pull up the menu while watching something. when a menu option is highlighted, it lights up as a bright yellow bar. well, that bar continues across the screen as sort of a ghostly grey image. it will move when i highlight something else in the menu. this even happens when im just watching normal shows. if there are blinds of something that creates solid horizontal lines lines in the background, you can see a ghostly line faintly go across the entire screen, through peoples faces and such. depending on how bright and large whatever is making the horizontal line is, determines how noticeable the ghostly grey line is that goes across the entire screen.
issue #2- IR.... it just isnt getting better
i have had this TV for almost a year now, and IR just isnt getting any better or reducing in frequency. i cant play a game on this TV that has a brightly colored UI for more than an hour or i will have that UI on my screen for 2 weeks. i have been getting IR just from have the menu for the APPLE TV up for the short amount of time it takes to select something on netflix to watch.... and even IR that occurs after just a few minutes is sticking around for a week or more. i have tried scrubbing videos on youtube, i have tried the DVDs that are supposed to help... the only thing that makes them go away is just watching stuff for a week or more, and then will eventually fade.
im not sure what the heck is going on with this TV, or if this is just normal for plasmas. this is my first plasma, and i only bought it because of the reports on this forum that things like this have basically become non-existent in todays panels.... honestly this has really just turned me off completely to plasmas. even though the blacks are very nice i just cant see how, with these issues, a really quality LED is not better. i find myself avoiding using the TV because i know that if i play a game or something for a while i will just jack up my viewing experience for potentially weeks with IR.
thankfully, i did purchase a 2 year warranty when i bought the thing from the big "yellow tag" store.... so if there is something wrong, i can hopefully get it fixed or replaced.... but i just shouldnt have to.
what do you guys think?