Originally Posted by rdv
My PN58C8000 is expected Nov 30th. Like you I will be doing a burn-in as I mainly use my HDTV as a computer monitor.
You'll be doing a "burn-in" alright! After a year or so of using it as a computer monitor!
My take on "burn in" is that it's more to quickly get past initial phosphor aging and get the colors settled-in prior to calibration than it is any kind of preventative measure.
Ever been in a trading room with CRTs, or glanced at the CRTs at the airport (back when they had CRTs?)
I don't see how it's avoidable, other than by varying your viewing habits or running the scrolling bars daily. You'd probably need to run them for at least as many hours as you use it for a computer display daily.
How many hours a day do you plan on using it as a monitor? And for what, exactly?
This TV has considerable short-term IR which can be scary when you first see it, but is nothing to be concerned with. EVERY time you access a menu or view a news show, etc. - even for a very short time - you are going to subsequently see the short-term IR. It will go away after just a few minutes of movie viewing or scrolling bars.
But this alone - even though it's not really "damaging" to the panel - is enough to make it unsuitable as a computer monitor. The short-term IR is just gonna drive you nuts. It's certainly not going to be suitable for any kind of critical image or video editing, for example, because you're going to be seeing desktop icons everywhere. I find this is most noticeable on a light-gray screen. It's generally not noticeable, though, during normal viewing of moving images such as a movie or TV show.
The longer-term issue is uneven aging of the phosphors. You need to do a calculation based on the panel's specs (how many hours to half-brightness?) vs. your daily viewing hours vs. how much IR you are willing to tolerate.
Dunno if this is commonly done, but it might be useful to make a negative image of your desktop and run it for a couple hours a day.
Hey, what a great screensaver idea! How about a screensaver that snoops on the desktop and keeps track of the amount of time that static images are displayed during use, and then proportionally plays negative images of the static images when in screen-saver mode?