This is a long thread, so forgive me if this question has been asked and answered. Not to diminish user disappointment upon experiencing burn-in (I would be really upset) but is burn-in really all that noticeable when you're not looking for it? In other words, if you've got some kind of burn in, do you actually see it during normal viewing if you're not looking for it?
It depends on...
1. Where the burn-in is located
2. How large the burn-in area is
3. How sensitive/good your eyes are
4. The program you are watching, e.g,. scenes with alot of sky, snow or other bright images will show it more than a darker or more complex image.
I am very sorry to hear about your burn-in. I hope you can reverse it.
Can you give us an estimate of what percentage of what you watched was 4:3?
Originally posted by Beefgude
Do plasma TVs have a higher chance of getting burn in than the old analogue tube TVs? I've played videogames for like 10hrs straight on the tube tvs and they've never got burn in, so would a plasma also be able to withstand it? And is it true that LCDs cant even get burn in at all?
a) Yes, if left at standard torch mode.
b) I've played video games for long periods of times (I'm guessing 5-6 hours max), and have had no burn-in or image retention.
c) No, I'm typing this email using a HP2025 LCD which has burn-in on it. Check previous pages in this thread, I posted images of the burn-in.
Originally posted by goombawa
Thanks esben. Where can I get that saver?
It's in the menus of the display. Accessed through the remote. If you can't find it there, you can't get it.
Originally posted by goombawa
Stretch mode is "tolerable" but 4:3 native is still preferrable. (to me) If you flip between normal and wide, I can really tell the difference (people get fatter). I suppose the best way to be happy it is to not compare the two directly. Maybe at some point you just adjust to the stretched image. Given the choice of 4:3 burn or fat people, I'll take the latter.
For regular broadcast 4:3, I like to zoom and then reduce the horizontal and vertical size to bring in a lot of the picture back in that's lost in the overscan. It keeps the proportions right and as a bonus it cuts out a lot of bugs, tickers and other junk.
Originally posted by deeann
For regular broadcast 4:3, I like to zoom and then reduce the horizontal and vertical size to bring in a lot of the picture back in that's lost in the overscan.
I tried just that and was surprised to find that DirecTV appears to vary their encoding a bit over the image - the left and right edges of the picture (i.e. what is normally eaten by overscan on most TVs) was much more pixelated than the middle portion of the screen ... I guess they try to get extra bits everywhere they can.
If I watch 2:35 movies with black bars on the top and bottom, for a while and then switch to a all black screen, I can clearly see the black bars on the all black screen. If I then fill the entire screen with a regular picture for 1 min or less and switch back to an all black screen, the black bars dissapear.
1. Is this common for pretty much all plasmas?
2. Is this something I need to worry about?
3. If so, what can I do? I already have the contrast and brightness below 50%
P.S. - my plasma is only about 2 months old
I have my NEC programmed to come on at 4 AM 1 day a week and run an all white screen for 45 minutes and another day it comes on for and hour and does the screen wipe.
It seems that the first few hundred hours of operation are the most critical.
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Just need a simple answer.
Right now I'm just leaving my plasmas settings as it came. Not turning down anything.
But, almost everything I watch fills the entire screen, or I make it, and I don't really have any static images.
So, no fear of burn in right? I guess the only thing that could happen is me cutting short the life of the plasma a little bit by leavings the settings high.
Eventually I'll play with all the settings, just have a lot going on right now and haven't gotten around to itl.
And where is contrast setting anyway on the Panny ed?