Originally Posted by MrEastSide
I just never had a problem with any CRT I owned or anyone I knew, as far as burn-in goes. I saw a few break down over the years, of course. I saw plenty of plasmas come back with burn-in, though. Which, obviously, I can keep repeating. Lol. With that said, I'm sure some brands do better at not getting burn-in etc... and I'm sure now days when you exercise some caution, it's really not a problem. It's just always in the back of my mind. Can't seem to shake it.
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as far as burn-in goes. I think it's pretty tough to do that with either display. I mean crt's were used as computer monitors forever and it wasn't a huge deal. the most obvious time I saw 'burn-in' was at work, when I worked at McD's we had crt's for our orders when is started working, and if you turned off the system the outline of the menu(the part that never changed) was clearly burned in. I heard the term 'burn in' throw around a bit with crts, but it was never that obvious. then again, it seemed like you had to go out of your way to get widescreen movies and stuff back then, so it was almost always full screen content.
IR is definitely worse on plasmas, but I think ppl pay too much attention to it. we are conditioned to associated IR with burn-in, but that's not really the case. having IR that lasts 30seconds is a far cry from burn in that will ruin your display. I don't think it's fair to say that because your plasma gets minor IR after only 20minutes of watching CNN, it will likely be totally ruined after 4hrs or something. so far, I have not seen IR ever turn into burn-in. so while IR is definitely more common with plasma than crt, I'd argue that burn in is not more common in plasma than crt, maybe even less common(but that could just be because ppl are aware of it and go out of their way to prevent it now)
for whatever it's worth, I've been using my plasmas as my computer monitor since 2008 or 2009(whenever I bought my PN50B530) and I haven't had any issues with burn-in