Originally Posted by rich2k4
I have had various LED/LCD tv's over the years, and every single one of them has always given me problems with clouding, flashlighting and uniformity issues. So when I was getting ready to buy a new tv, I decided to try plasma since I heard all of the rave reviews, and it seemed like it would finally meet my picture quality standards.
I got a ST60 last week, and so far it has blown me away. I didn't run any slides, and just plugged in D'Nice's setting right away and have been watching full screen content with no logos. The picture quality is exactly what I wanted, and what I pictured in my head. It looks so good, that it feels like I can grab whatever is on the screen.
One bonus is the excellent viewing angles. The tv is in the bedroom, and the way my bed sits has me watching tv at an angle a lot of times. With LED's i would get a degrading of the picture, but with the ST60, the picture quality stays the same, as if I was in front of the tv.
However, I am constantly worried about image retention. I do my best to be cautious. I watch wide screen blu rays stretched to fill the screen, I change channels a lot for regular tv, and I watch a lot of netflix stuff that is full screen with no logos.
I am a big gamer and I am terrified of playing any type of video game on this thing for a long time. Not only do i play current generation games, but I use a lot of emulators to play old school retro games where static health bars and point bars were common.
I have already fallen asleep watching netflix, and when I woke up the "play next episode" screen had been up for a while. It scared the crap out of me, but luckily, no image retention. I always make sure to run the screen wipe for 10-15 minutes before turning off the tv for the night.
I am just afraid that one day I will fall asleep, or play a game for too long, and there will be image retention, and it won't go away for a long time. Then every time I watch tv it would be all I look at. With the PS4 coming next week, I am going to be doing some very very long gaming sessions the entire weekend next week.
I still have 3 weeks left in the return window. I have been wondering if this tv is worth it if I am constantly in fear of what I watch, and it dictates what I watch and for how long.
The picture quality is just so amazing, It does almost everything better, the viewing angles, motion handling in games is just insane.
Is it worth spending more money to downgrade my picture quality, and deal with uniformity issues just to have the peace of mind that I won't get image retention? So I can play my first person shooters, or have a marathon trying to beat all of the mega man games without worrying that the health bar is going to be stuck on my screen?