Originally Posted by Juice96
Hey guys, I ran across the Zenith you're talking about in this thread and wanted to ask a question before even thinking about purchasing this TV. I know absolutely nothing about plasmas, so with that in mind, do you guys know of a good site I can learn about them? I'm seeing people talk about images being burnt into the screen and so forth and it kinda worries me. Also, has anyone had problems with this particular model since posting in this thread? Thanks in advance.
Google CNet for the myths about plasma.
Any set design will burn in, but with modern sets, you'd need to leave the same thing up for 2-3 days straight to do it. Image persistence, however, is real, and I've seen it a few times. The best description is that the phosphors are like kids: get them excited, and it takes a while for them to cool down, and the older they get, the less excited they get. The cure is to watch normal television for a few minutes. For example, when I watch tennis, the player's scores and the bottom ticker stay up for a long time, so when they go to a commercial with a white screen, I can still see the score very faintly, but by the time the first commercial is over, the ghost score is gone. Long story short: burn in will not be an issue.
Plasmas are not as bright as LCDs and will be overpowered by a bright, sunlit room. Plasmas offer deeper blacks and no hot spotting caused by the illumination sources being at the edge of the screen. Plasmas use more power than LCDs do (especially LED-LCDs) but not nearly as much as they used to. Still, if 80W makes a difference in your life, go LED.
Mine has been trouble-free, but it's only about 6 weeks old.