Originally Posted by mhe0828a
Before I get started I just want to tell everyone that plasma TVs are brand new to me and I know very little about them (just incase I ask or say anything that may seem idiotic). I just want to learn from anyone who can help.
I feel in love with plasma TVs when I first saw a pn51d8000 next to an LED/LCD tv at best buy when they were both playing the same thing, I had always thought that the LED tvs had better PQ since they seemed like the newer technology (I realize I was wrong). I liked the pn51d8000 so much I bought it! bad news was best buy had no more and they could only sell me the floor model as an open box. I took it home and saw exactly what burn-in is, espn was pretty noticeable in the bottom right corner. So the next day I took it back and exchanged it with the other floor model which they said they had checked and it had no burn-in..... well when I got home and turn it on and the first thing I watched has a white sky with PLAY ALL displayed faintly and annoyingly. Since there were no more at that store I decided to take advantage of the Geek Squad with hope that they could fix it. After getting a no call/no show from their in home repair guy, they said they would try to replace the screen and just needed to get approval. After two weeks of waiting (and using the tv which was amazing minus the burn in) they said they had good and bad news; I got approved for screen replacement, but they don't have any screen and can't get any. So they told me to either return it or they would give me a tv equal to the price i paid. Well that really sucked because I had purchased it on sale, so they were trying to give me a much lower quality tv. After calling all the best buys around me I finally found someone with some sympathy and I wound up being able to upgrade to the PN51E8000 for very little.
I get to pick up my PN51E8000 next friday so while I am waiting I am trying to learn everything and anything I can on what not to do to this new TV that can damage the picture in anyway. I know static images and black bars are forbidden and pixel shift is a must, but what about everything from pictures settings to the amount of time the screen is on. I have read about many people using burn-in DVDs for the first 100 hours. I just want to know what everyone else who is purchasing or has purchased their PNxxE8000/PNxxE7000 are doing to their TVs right out of the box to help protect/create its beautiful picture.
Someone afraid of burn-in
You'll get varying opinions. For my D8000 I just watched a variety of programming, especially full screen HD content (no black bars sides or top/bottom). The pixel shift won't save you from a static logo, it doesn't move enough pixels. You can use slides, probably can find some to download over in the D8000 thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1322413
as well as setting suggestions. Just don't use static content like ESPN for long, don't use it as a computer monitor, etc. First 100 hours are supposedly the most critical while the phosphors adjust.