Originally Posted by tbris84
First time Plasma owner.
I picked up a PN51E8000 last week for $1200 from BB. I spent weeks researching which TV best met my needs and landed on the E8000. I wish I would've known about this buzzing and image retention/burn in issue. I have until January 24th to return/exchange this TV so I am going to give it at least a 4 week break in period to see if any of the two issues are resolved.
Are my television habits unsuitable for a Plasma TV? I'm a big ESPN nut. ESPN has a static red bar with "ESPN" at the bottom right corner that has already burned into this display. I realized this on day 3 of ownership. I have since been running the burn protection scrolling thing several times daily totaling 6 hours and it's still visible.
Is the buzzing a break in issue as well? Or is that a roll of the die, good set/bad set issue where I should just return it anyway?
I absolutely love the picture quality. Even in 3D it's incredible, breath taking even. Having said that though, if this is going to be an ongoing issue the best picture quality on the planet is just not worth this aggravation. I'm not interested in having a TV dictate what I watch and how long I watch it. God forbid I fall asleep watching something with a static image. I don't mind dropping another $500-800 on a similarly equipped LED UN55ES7003 or UN55ES7500. I definitely want 240hz with an LED set. I won't miss the voice commands/gesture controls, I haven't used them yet and have no intention of using them in the future. Would you recommend pulling the trigger on an LED or give this plasma a fair break in?
I appreciate the assistance gents.
A few things you should note. I had two 51" E8000s which I both returned for a couple of reasons, prime of which was that I was sold both as new when they were refurbished. That said, neither of my TVs buzzed inordinately. However, Samsungs generally tend towards buzzing more than the Panasonic plasmas, often in the larger sizes. With respect to image retention, both my sets were not terrible at all in the IR department but neither was exemplary. What should be noted is that in several ways, the 51" E6500/E7xxxx/E8000 are quite different panels to their larger brethren. They are from reviews, as well as user experience, not nearly as image resistance as the 60-64" models are. There was the same experience last year with the Samsungs. They, furthermore, have black levels over twice as high as the larger models. If you can stretch towards a 60" E7000 I think that would be probably your best choice (provided it does not buzz). The E6500 is an even cheaper option but the video processing with it is somewhat inferior to the E8000 (from what I have seen personally and from reviews). The E7000 I believe would be closer to the E8000 without the gimmicks of the camera and voice control. The light output of the 60"+ would not be as high as perhaps you are accustomed to with the 51" but I don't think that would be a dealbreaker.