Long story, short I got my first plasma (Panasonic P65S60) about 3 weeks ago, and it's been stressing me out ever since between IR and Linebleed. I broke it in using D-Nice's slides for 120hrs before I did anything with it.
I'm slowly getting over IR, as I realized I was just SUPER paranoid about it, and actually only noticed it when I went out of my way to see it by loading solid colored slides.
But now linebleed is cropping up, and in some cases "I" consider pretty bad. First few times were just on TV commercials with bright white text and solid colored backgrounds. They were just ads, so eh I can live with it. Now I'm slowly more and more noticing it in more things, things most would consider "normal" viewing. Watching Star Trek Into Darkness on blu-ray, it was fine the whole movie, except the part where they land on the Klingon planet, and the text comes up saying where they are, which cause brief massive lines thru Uhura's face.
Here's an example I was able to get a pic of, which I realize maybe not severe but I noticed it right away, and it was more noticeable as he moved his head. This is from Orange is the New Black on Netflix, notice the large darker bars on the orange wall, or more so the narrow "brighter" orange bands (which are the normal color of the wall in other shots).
Since then I've tried some new settings and it's toned down how much I notice it quite a bit, but I'm still noticing it fairly often. The worst by far was last night, when I started playing Assassin's Creed 4 on PS4. Here's some pics, notice the white line that extends from the health bar all the way across the ENTIRE screen!
Now I'm getting really ticked off! These were VERY blatant and more noticeable seeing the game in motion than in these pics. Granted I don't get it in darker scenes like in the jungle and such, but the majority of this game is bright. I also don't quite understand the dark lines in the 2nd pic, as I thought line bleed was basically horizontal lines in a screen share power, and brighter images, especially white, use the most power, thus basically "lowering" the brightness of the rest of the row as the brightest section is using up the most power for that row. But maybe I've understood it wrong, but more times than not I usually noticed it off of black parts of the image than bright.
Talking with a friend who has had a plasma for almost 3 yrs now he says he has never noticed IR or linebleed since he's had it. I showed him my pics of AC4 and his reaction was "Wow, WTF is that?". He even sent me a picture of his AC4, on his PS4, on his plasma (42" Panasonic ST30) which as you can see below has not such problems. Granted not the EXACT same part of the game, but still a light sky is where it's the most obvious on mine.
So my question is, is my linebleed I'm getting now consider "severe" or "normal"? As I read over at TweakGuide (http://www.tweakguides.com/HDTV_10.html
) "Line bleed is an inherent part of plasma technology and is not considered a fault unless severe
." I'm thinking something is wrong with mine, as this can't be "normal" for all of you who are experienced plasma users. Are there settings that affect how visible it is at all? I know there's not a magic "off" but curious if I need to adjust something or not. And if this is "normal" then well, I'd say this nullifies any benefit of deeper black levels and I probably need to return it for an LCD/LED then. Which is exactly what I'm debating about right now, this is really stressing me out, as I have about 15 days left to return/exchange it. If my 6yr Sony DLP hadn't died I'd still be using that. I thought a new TV would be as simple as that thing was, I turn it on and use it, never have to think about the TV at all till the bulb or in this case color panel goes out.
But anyway, I'd like some expert help with this problem/dilemma. I'd really like to know more of exactly what causes linebleed, but I'm not finding much detailed information on it, maybe I suck at googling. And what settings can affect it's visibility the most. And what pp's opinions are on my situation.
Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.