Originally Posted by EricST
Really? Im starting to rethink the "plasma" road then. I mean I want to watch movies right away and not wait 100 hrs or something,thats total crap IMO.
If you watch a single source that always has the same fixed image or black bars, and never watch any other type of material, a plasma is probably not a good idea. If you watch movies, on DVD or Blu-ray disks, and watch a variety of TV material then you shouldn't have any trouble owning a plasma display.
I watch mostly movies with black bars (top and bottom or on each side) constantly. I watch HDTV with and without logos. My wife watches NHL games, and I watch NFL games constantly when they are available. I've owned my plasma for almost five years. I've never noticed any image retention (IR).
What I wouldn't do with a new TV, right out of the box, is put it on ESPN for 16 hours a day. As long as you mix what you watch you shouldn't have any trouble. Also, I wouldn't spend a lot of time playing with the settings from the setup menu (high contrast fixed images) until the display has a few hundred hours on it.
A lot of people, who do have problems, find them because they examine their screens using different colored slides. They find IR, which is temporary by definition. If they just stuck to watching a reasonable mix of regular sources, they would probably be happy campers.
The most important factor in selecting plasma vs. LCD/LED is how you will use the display. Enjoy.