Originally Posted by Outlong
With all due respect where is your 1000 hour rule coming from? While it's true all your advice sounds prudent and responsible does it make it factual?
It's just hard to ascertain facts as far as breaking in a plasma and taking care of it. According to the manufacturers there is no break in period necessary...no more burn ins...you can play games...you can watch whatever...and blah blah blah...yeah right. I wish that were the case but it's not seeming that way.
Well I have no first hand proof. The only proof I can go with is within these forums. Look at all the people who most have obviously had their TV's too bright or Contrast too high when the set was still very new and clearly this is what lead to this. Look even further and you'll find others who claim they broke the TV in for 100 hours and still have burn in. But Plasma makers also used to tell you to be careful for 1,000 hours and than stopped saying this, and acted like "Technology advanced" so much that break in wasn't necessary any more. Clearly this was done because of the continuos decline of interest in Plasma from consumers, who have heard about the "dreaded" burn in issues with plasma, and the ease of not having to worry about LCD. I'm sure the people in the know who have had Pioneers for years or even Panasonics and haven't experienced any burn in, I bet with the majority of these people their TV's were babied for well over 100 hours. Think about it grey scale can change after hour 250. Does this sound like a fully broke in Plasma to you? If colors can still change then burn in is still easy to attain. I'd say around hour 250 you can with peace of mind start using the set a little more the way it should be used, and by hour 1,000 I would think the screen is aged to the point where burn in is almost impossible. It has nothing to do with proof, simply has to do with educating one's self with the information and from the experience of others, and coming to an accurate assumption, of what needs to be done with your set. What's 250 hours at the most? It's about six and a half hours a day on average for about one month. I think I can wait that out for at least that amount of time for my three thousand dollar plus TV. If you don't want to its fine it's your set. The way people try to convince themselves that burn in is a "thing of the past" makes me laugh. It's clearly not. It's harder to get than it was 10 years ago, sure, but far from impossible. The proper burn in time for a screen to be properly aged in my opinion is still over 250 hours minimum and around 1,000 hours max, and even than, I'm sure with consistent abuse on the set burn in can still occur. So really what it breaks down to is plasma technology is not for the average consumer. And a great example of this is I got my grandmother a Panasonic Plasma 3 years ago set the TV's contrast, brightness, and sharpness low, and within weeks she had obvious 4x3 burn in. Now she also watches every Mets game and Yankees game on that TV, but the season started well after I bought her the set. The burn in of the 4x3 had already occurred and by the time the baseball season started she must have been very close to 500-1,000 hours considering her TV seems to be on at least 10 hours a day she probably hit that number fairly quick. Never once did a score board or anything else burn in to her screen. Why? Clearly the TV was still fresh when the set was bought and got the burn in and obviously the set's screen had aged enough by the time games started, well over 100 hours.