Originally Posted by afwjam
I should have posted here earlier. My friend did misread the hours on his set and did not spot burn in at the store. He thought it said 800 hrs, but really it had 3800 hrs! The tv had bad burn in when viewed at home, Needless to say my friend was upset. ABC warehouse apparently is not great with returns, but he was able to exchange the set for a new Samsung 8500. Be careful buying a floor model!
That's too bad. I was hoping to see a clear, pristine display when I checked it out yesterday. The picture actually looked very nice, but they had it on ESPN, or something similar, and the display was set to Vivid. I would probably wager it had been like that for most, or all, of the 3200 hours. If the likelihood is high that the IR is not permanent, and will eventually go away, I might be willing to assume some risk for the right price.
I very recently bought a 55" VT60 display unit from a friend of mine that owns a small electronics store in my hometown. Other than knowing that Panasonic had discontinued plasma production, I really did no research beforehand, and unfortunately just assumed IR & Burn In was no longer an issue or concern when it came to plasma displays. My friend estimated that the set had between 100-300 hours on it, but when I got it home, did some research, etc. etc. I found it actually had about 1000 hours on it, and a bit of IR that I'm trying to eliminate. In comparison to what I saw on the 65" ZT60 yesterday, you could almost say that my 55" VT60 has virtually no IR.