Originally Posted by agent8
Thank you, that gives me some idea how the mounting will be. I image the 65" would be similar. Getting a little worried about IR when watching widescreen movies. Do people usually just stretch it out or will those black bars on the top and bottom stay there forever?
This is my first plasma. I'm coming from a CRT and I too am terrified of burn in and IR so I am attempting to do what I can to reduce likelihood. There's a ton of information and advice on AVS so read up. Here's what I, an inexperienced amateur, am doing based off my understanding of what I've read.
The DNice slides are stated to not be break in or IR likelihood reduction. I did them for the calibration prep but it also ages the set 100hrs which should help some. I'm prolly being overly careful but I am staying far away from any black bars, channel logos, tickers, score boards, etc completely for now... I get off the static images as fast as possible (2 weeks in). My HD cable channels, as far as I can quickly tell, all have channel logos. I've been 95% netflix streaming and blue rays thus far (being careful to set the format/zoom to get rid of any bars; watch for top and bottom bars too). I'm trying to get past 200 hours, which I probably am, but I need to check the TV clock to be sure.
I will soon be watching the cable channels again and watching for IR like a hawk. If it shows up I'll be running a pixel washer to try to get rid of it ASAP. Since I've not gone through IR yet, I have no idea how often I will be doing this or how long a static image is kewl. I do keep the TV's auto sleep on, once in a blue moon it'll give me the going to sleep in a few minutes message; any remote button will reset it.
There's a lot of debate on preventing IR. Some say the slide procedure and length of time ageing the television I'm doing is way over kill and people should just go enjoy the set. I'm simply not going to find out. I think the 4 days of DNice slides is not a big deal and being careful for a while is not a big deal either. I am enjoying my set immensely even though I've been strict about what content. How much torture is pure 1080P really? Well after the slides. For me it's some peace of mind plus if something goes wrong I know I've done what I can within what I think is reasonable (but it's making me look at the drawback compared to CRT's but that's another "Holy wall of text batman" post)
It's reported that burn in and IR is greatly reduced on newer model year sets (knock on wood). And as a general rule of thumb IR is more likely early in a sets life (first 100-300 hours), so age that thing. Plus you want to age it to look for problems while you are still within your return period which is another vote for quickly ageing.
Good luck; hope you enjoy your new set as much as my household is enjoying ours.