Originally Posted by Chappy-2
I am in the market for a new TV now that I am finishing my basement. I have been driving myself crazy researching for the right one & have narrowed it down for the most part to a 65GT50. But, one thing has had me very nervous.....I have also been reading several reports of bad IR issues with this year's Pannys. I have never owned a plasma (only have owned LCDs & LEDs) & do not want to constantly worry about IR issues. I know that sometimes what is a minor / rare issue overall can be exaggerated in the forums because people post to get assistance on fixing an issue. While the vast majority maybe fine & we just don't see a postings like "everything is great, not IR issues here."
I am interested in hearing from those people that have owned the GT50 for a while (or even the ST50 & VT50).....should I be worried / concerned? That is currently the only thing that is holding me back & potentially going down the route of a Samsung ES8000.
If you will display a lot of static images on the screen then plasma is not for you. If you only watch ESPN or MSNBC or material that has bars all the time then you will encounter IR at some point. Many of the people who have reported terrible IR may have done the same and did not adjust their viewing or much else to help the IR dissipate. I believe that many of those who reported it on Amazon and here used the slides to hunt for it and when found tripped out. Some of them really freaked out when it did not go away within a certain time frame. IMO, most did not see it with normal content. Of those that did, few reported that it didn't fade and/or go away all together. There are some that I cannot draw real information from because they did not provide enough information.
If, as one wise member said, you feed your tv a well balanced diet of a variety of material you should have no problem. One other very wise member said that hunting for IR with the slides is the equivalent of self abuse, and I couldn't agree more. I had the GTs for 3 weeks each, I did not run slides, I did turn on the orbiter, lowered contrast and brightness a bit and I saw no IR at all. I did run a lot of HD full screen, bug free and banner-less material the first 24 or so hours but that was so that it could settle in- brights got brighter and darks got a little deeper and they continued to do that during the time that I had them.