No problem.... heres the deal: Burn-in used to be much more of an issue that it is today. Actually, unless someone completely abuses the TV there is really no chance of burn-in at all. When I say abuse, I mean like video gaming for days on end with long pauses and no breaks at all. Or maybe using the set as a stock ticker monitor for weeks and weeks. You get the point..... for 99% of the viewing population a plasma will never burn-in. Period.
Burn-in is an LCD-supporter issue because LCD guys KNOW that plasma hands them their arse in almost every picture quality category so they need something to bring down plasma.
Get the Pioneer.... its an awesome set and burn-in wont be an issue
While by and large I would agree with this statement (especially about Pioneers, great manufacturer btw), I am one of the unlucky few that has suffered from long-term IR. I'm hoping it's not permanent burn-in, but as time goes on my hopes continue to dwindle.
I have the Pioneer PDP4270HD 42" plasma, and have had it a little over a year, but have had some level of IR for almost 4 months now. It happened because my Verizon FIOS DVR froze when displaying ESPN (along with its beautiful red channel logo and score bar
. I was downstairs cleaning for maybe an hour, hour and a half, and came up to witness the fallout. On normal viewing it is often difficult to see the IR, but on a bright background you can clearly make out the red ESPN logo, and some of the borders of the score bar and the "rundown" bar that displays vertically on the right hand side of the screen.
I have tried outputting VGA from my pc to the TV and running Jscreenfix for hours to no avail. I also ran the break-in DVD for 4-5 hours and no dice. When you view an all white screen, it is VERY apparent.
Anyhow, I don't have much hope of fixing this, but if anyone has suggestions, please let me know. The TV doesn't have a "white wash" function or anything like that to fix IR, so I don't know what else to try. Mainly I just wanted to confirm for those curious that yes, IR still exists and can happen to you, although I think my case might be a rare one. Still, if you have FIOS and the DVR, do not leave the TV on it while you're away from the room. I learned the hard way, and turn the tube off whenever I'm away from it. Still, when I come home I turn on the set and often find the DVR has frozen the channel where it was left, so the opportunity is always there if you're not careful and you have FIOS. Just an FYI -