I must say this is my very first post in the TV set area and the IR issue comments in this thread have really taken me by surprise.
A month ago I bought a new Panasonic 50ST50X here in Mexico and I've been using it exclusively to watch BR movies and concerts, and during this month I've never seen the image retention issue at all. I mean, not even once!
In any case, I still can't see why some of the people here are so interested in atacking or defending any product or brand. IMO all opinions should be placed in a honest manner in order to be helpful for casual visitors as myself.
But now I'm curious. I don't have a cable connection at my HT room, so this night I'm going to prepare a temporary connection and test the panel with regular TV programs and see whether this IR subject is as bad as reported BY SOME people or not.
SOME people has reported the issue? Ok. Then it is a fact for those people. But IMO the issue should be weighed on a statistical basis, not mere individual perceptions about the subject. A hundred cases out of thousands mean nothing... except for the people experimenting the problem. May be bad luck.
I''l try to come tomorrow with my findings and I'll report them objectively. If the problem is there then it is there. So what?.
There's no point in minimizing it or exaggerating it. Let's try to be helpful to other forum members with objective, helpful opinions.
The best for all of you.