Originally Posted by Dierkdr
Plasma screens have "traditionally" - meaning back in the olden days, say around 2004
- been considered to be most subject to image retention / unequal aging during the first 100 - 200 hours of usage. And it seems common advice to "age" your new panel for at least 100 hours before spending $$ on a Professional Calibration.
Still have a copy of an old Panasonic FAQ which states:"When your plasma TV is initially installed, the first 100 hours of use is known as the "break-in period." During this time, to minimize any risk of image retention, you should:...."
(fill screen, reduce brightness, avoid stationary images...)
AND:"Burn-in," or image retention, is an uneven aging of the phosphors in a display device, can occur on any display that uses phosphors to generate an image, including tube TVs, projection TVs that use CRTs, and plasma TVs. Such uneven aging happens when bright, static images are left onscreen for an extended period of time, which can leave a visible "shadow" effect.
Improvements in panel service life to over 60,000 hours have minimized the risk of image retention. In addition, screen savers, pixel shifting, and brightness level adjustments can dramatically reduce any chance of image retention. Use common sense when it comes to your plasma TV; don't pause video games or watch TV stations with station logos onscreen for long periods of time, and use one of the many display calibration DVDs available today for properly setting brightness and contrast.
The rule of thumb: if you don't worry about your traditional tube TV, you don't have to worry about a Panasonic plasma TV."
REMEMBER: this is an older document (note the "60,000 hours" service life referenced!). At the same time, we helped middle daughter & her husband select a Samsung plasma earlier this year, and the owners manual for it did contain a section about avoiding static images & non-full-screen material....
FWIW, YMMV, & so on....
Thank you for the interesting caution from the Panasonic literature.
One thing that struck me was, "The rule of thumb: if you don't worry about your traditional tube TV, you don't have to worry about a Panasonic plasma TV."
I have a 21" CRT computer monitor that has had the same Windows XP taskbar on it for ten years. That means it has been showing the same Start button for at least 20,000 hours. Before that it had a Windows 98 taskbar on it for four years, or another 8,000 hours. It's been going since 1997 almost every day, all day.
I just now checked it with full white and gray screens, and I cannot find any indication of burn-in at all, even with a magnifying glass. These old CRTs are nothing short of amazing!
Could a plasma display really do this?