Originally Posted by sonyfan
Samsung sells more PDP's than Panasonic
That's not true. Samsung does not sell more PDP than Panasonic so i don't know where you get that from. The only time in history that Samsung sold the more PDPs than Panasonic was in Q1 of 2011 when Samsung had their new 2011 PDPs available starting in February, whereas Panasonic didn't release their new models until mid-march with only two weeks left in Q1. And in this quarter there was a surplus of leftover 2010 Samsung models available for sale, while the supply of Panasonics had pretty much dried up several weeks before the new 2011 models were released so anyone wanting to buy a Plasma during most of Q1 2011 had to either buy a 2010 or 2011 Samsung, or wait for the new 2011 Panasonics to be released in the spring.
yet I don't see owners complaing about IR. Buzzing yes but not IR. Besides none of the sets were 'broken in' so that would be the best way to test otherwise HOW they were 'broken in' would then be a grey area and problematic for the test.
Buzzing is much more irritating then IR.
I've been watching mostly News Programming and Speed Channel on my 50GT50 as well as having the settings menus up for long periods of time since i picked it up 2 weeks ago and i have ZERO IR and ZERO Burn-In from the menus and channel logos and scrolling ticker banners which are up on my screen almost constantly. I've seen some owners reporting IR so i've looked for it on my own display but it's just not there.
My viewing habits are much more indicitive of how the average TV watcher uses his TV than the unintended torture test CNet did on their examples and i did not let that article scare me away from buying a GT50. It would have been useful if CNet would have followed through with their testing or kept the damaged TV to see if the IR goes away etc so to me their test is inconclusive. My own real world IR testing is yielding much different results than CNet's test did.