Originally Posted by AlanBuck
Since you can't see it during normal use I doubt you have anything major to worry about, BUT I would certainly stretch all 4:3 material going forward, or use the grey side bars with such material. I would call this slight issue a warning. Better safe than sorry! Several hours a day of black pillar bars may be a bit too much over time.
Thank for the reply. I ran the video pattern yesterday for about 6 hours and watched full screen content all day. I could still see the light colored pillars on the left and right side when I checked late last night. For some reason the auto stretch option on the kuro doesn't work well with my uverse box. I have to manual select wide on 4:3 content to stretch it across the screen.
I showed my wife last night and she thought at first that I was exaggerating or going into OCD mode like I have in the past. She felt bad after seeing it as I have been reminding her to stretch any 4:3 content. At the same time though, I honestly don't believe she has been just leaving it with black bars for hours a day. Also, I remember checking the screen in complete darkness a little over a month ago and it being uniform which is why this is even more annoying after discovering it yesterday.
It's definitely uneven panel aging but I hope it eventually goes away. I found a few posts from another user with the same issue about a year ago. He stated he could barely see it after a few months of watching full content and running the video pattern weekly. He also could not see it with any content at all when he discovered it.
When I checked late last night I got excited as it looked like it had faded. After the 3-5 second boot up though (or when you switch to another input), the screen dims to it's normal level and then goes completely black until it gets a source. Well when the screen dims, you see the light sections on the left and right with the dark image in the middle. Again you don't see anything once a source is turned on. I can't see anything when watching a movie or playing a game. I looked and it's impossible to detect. Thats good at least but it still makes me sick to my stomach especially after owning a few kuro's in the past and never having this issue. It makes me question the bullet proof nature of the Kuro's when it comes to IR/burn in. At the same time though, I realize I would be screwed right now if I had any other plasma brand but a Pioneer (with it being very easy to spot especially with content).
Sorry to drag the post out but I am depressed about this, no two ways about it
. I don't blame my wife but she acknowledges that she probably wasn't proactive enough about stretching the screen when I was gone. It's not like we have had the set long though which is even more disconcerting. I could understand if she had been watching 4:3 content 8 hours a day for 6-12 months but we are talking 1-2 months of light 4:3 content (a few hours a day and definitely not every day, plus we watch a ton of hd content each night). She actually doesn't even have the tv on more than a few ours a day if that when I am at work. I guess it added up over time though
So I have to decide if I can live with it as I can't detect it at all during viewing or just sell it and move on. I can't get another 60" Kuro especially at what I payed a few months ago. I could get a 50" 101 but that would be hard to drop back down to a smaller size. Regardless Kuro's are scarce so that probably wouldn't be an option. There isn't really another good alternative and LCD's seem to be inferior to me (if the black levels were better and I could get a uniform screen, I would definitely consider one). I have contemplated abandoning plasma all together so I wouldn't have to worry about this IR/Burn in stuff anymore.
I guess I will just keep running the video pattern and see if it fades. I already have a few people that want to buy it regardless of the uneven aging as they don't think it's that big of a deal (or maybe they aren't as OCD as me
). It's hard for me because I payed a lot of money for it and feel it is damaged now. Sorry for going on about this but it just makes me sick to my stomach knowing that I could have done something about it. I have always been on top of IR issues ever since I got my first Pioneer plasma 3 years ago (4280). Over time, I realized I never got IR on the Pioneer line so I worried about it less and less.
Well I guess I got sloppy and that's probably the best way to word it.