Originally Posted by Cristofer67
I'm a new member here, and joined specifically based on my recent impressions of how informative, honest, and helpful everyone's comments have been. Based on some original in-store recon looking for my first new TV in about 6-7 years, I narrowed my selection down to a few random LCD/LED sets, and the Panasonic UT50 series. I have only purchased LCD's to present, so the concept of a plasma opened up a whole can of questions for me...
The glass screen glare and IR / burn-in concepts were ones I had never been faced with before, and really kept me hesitant about purchasing a TV that seemed to be so user-un-friendly, for lack of a better term... But I must say, the clarity - especially in motion - and the rich, deep colors and blacks of the UT50 series were astounding. Enough so, that after reading everything I could here (and on other forums) about the UT50 series and plasmas in general, I decided to give them a chance: today I bought a 55UT50, and am very excited for its delivery this coming Monday!
I do think the glare is something I will get used to, and if/when it matters, we have extremely dark (black out style) curtains, so I don't anticipate it being a problem. However, I am still somewhat uneducated and especially worried about the IR situation. It seems that actual burn-in is nearly impossible these days (or at least you would have to treat the TV terribly, intentionally, for days on end). Still, I am not used to having to treat a TV with much "care" or special attention at all, having only had LCD's (and CRT's back in the day)...
A little about my intended usage: mostly TV (digital HD cable), and video games. Definitely regular movie watching too, but maybe only 2-4 hrs of Blue-ray/DVD movies per every 20 hours of TV and gaming. For gaming, I often play daily, for 2-3 hours at a clip. Usually Call of Duty (which does have HUD's, which yes, I am already afraid of IR or temporary burn-ins even though I don't even have the TV set up yet)...
Essentially, I would be extremely appreciative if anyone with experience could give me a step-by-step suggested procedure for breaking in my new 55UT50 when it arrives. Literally, since I am so scared of the unique plasma idiosyncracies that are totally new to me (but admittedly want to give the technology a fair shot), I would be grateful for any and all recommendations for any and everything I should do, starting with taking the set out of the box... I want to prevent burn in, and IR as much as possible. I would like to be able to eventually game for hours without risk or consequence.
Do I refrain from gaming for the first 100 hrs? Movies (black bars)? Network channels with bugs? When do these things become OK?
Should I run any special "slide sets" (what are these, and where can I get them), or other content to serve a similar purpose?
Is there anything I can intentionally do to help "break in," or "set up" the 55UT50 for a long, reliable lifespan of TV/movie/gaming enjoyment?
My apologies if I have mis-used terminology, or raised concerns about outdated fears, but the plasma purchase decision for me was a somewhat hesitant one, but I knew I thought the picture looked better than any other TV in the store. All things being equal, it was my first choice by a mile. I just want to make sure I start with all things being equal. With LCD's I never had to pay attention to my viewing content, schedule/frequency, or other habits, and I'm hoping not to have to change them all that much.
This will be our new primary television, and as such, it needs to support everyday use of cable TV, Netflix, XBox/Wii, and movies.
If anyone can direct me to a "new plasma user" guide type of thing, or a set of "early-use" instructions, that would be amazing.
Many thanks in advance, and thank you again for all being so helpful and informative; it already made a big help in giving plasmas (and the 55UT50 in particular) a shot. Can't wait the few days for it to arrive!