Originally Posted by SkipMebden
Please, can the forum expand on what he said.
Scott- To me the rationale for plasma is good PQ at all viewing angles. If you're like me I often listen to those news shows away from TV since I am doing other things, so off-angle is important.
As far as Image Retention (IR) suggest you go to CNET.com and search on GT50. You will see that CNET accidentally did several IR "experiments" with GT50. Bottom line is these new Panasonic ST/GT panels do seem to have some IR tendency, but it goes away with time; it is generally not permanent.
You be the judge. If you said you listened to the same cable channel logo for 12-hrs each day and then you demand IR-free screen for movies that night, maybe a concern.
I have not received my ST50 yet, but our small bedroom Panasonic TCL32X30 has a lot of ways to rezoom/justify the full screen, so you should be able to vary where the logos/banners sit. Also there is timer to turn set off after say 3-hrs, so there are some ways to manage. First weeks of use is most critical and read threads here for guidance...I will try to wear it in slightly carefully with mixed content but I am not going overboard.