Originally Posted by maynerd
Are you saying that there is no way to harm my tv by playing video games with static images, watching movies with black bars, watching 4:3 content with sidebars?
I'm getting a Pioneer PDP-5080HD and 'burn-in/IR' is of concern to me because I don't want my tv getting messed up. So your information is helpful.
I have owned a plasma since early 2001; was a 2001 Sony 42" AliS panel; sold that over a year ago (almost 1 1/2 yrs) and bought a Pio 5060. Had always played video games on and off, sometimes for fairly long stretches. Had a recent experience with resulted in me being a lot more cautious. I've been playing Zelda on the Wii a lot lately, and about 2 weeks ago at the end of the weekend, after long stints Fri nite, Sat day, Sat nite, and Sun day (probably 6-8 hrs each, without much interruption) I noticed IR. The "A" button and the "B" Button, in particular, which are up for most of the game, and are bright white, both remained. I quit playing the Wii for a week, and left the panel on with full screen HD mat'l (like another breaking, which I originally did for 200 hrs or so when I got the panel). I don't know the exact hours of the panel, but estimate it's somewhere between 2000 and 4000 hrs.
Anyway, the A and B letters faded, but they are still visible on a white screen or screen with no input. I've gone back to playing, but now try to keep to 2 hour sessions, with movies and tv between. The only time I can see these with normal program material is on an occasional bright white backgroung, like snow, etc. It doesn't bother me for any normal viewing, but after my previous experiences with PS2, XBox, XBox360, GC and (now) PS3 games I wouln't have expected this to happen. I'm pretty sure it's real burn-in, just not so prominent as to be noticeable on normal program mat'l. Once I finish the game I'll give it a few weeks and have another look, but I don't expect it to ever completely disappear.
I'll definitely be more cautious from now on; esp once I get a new panel (was also looking at Pio Kuro, in 60"). May end up relagating the Wii to a smaller LCD panel.
The thing to look for seems to be static bright white images, as far as what can potentially do the most damage. I have read Pio's writeup on image retention, and leaving a static image up for 48 hrs, which they say disappeared after 24 hrs of viewing normal program mat'l (though they don't say that it's not still visible on a white screen and whatnot).