Originally Posted by rzanwu36
^ I guess I understand that. Trust me, I want the ST50 more, but I am pretty frightened by the IR problems people seem to be having. I am not the type of user that wants to train or babysit my TV. I love a good looking TV, but I just don't feel I should have to do much maintenance on one. I wish I knew more about how widespread the problem is, if it only affect certain manufacture dates, etc. but I don't. I am not sure anyone does - here at least. Last thing I want to do is spend $1700 on a TV and realize 3 months later that it has a serious IR problem. I will be playing a lot of games on it, most of which have HUD's that are static. Also watch a ton of sports which tend to have static logos and scoreboards. The idea of switching channels at commercials to protect my TV does not seem grand.
Please tell me this is an exaggeration because I would pull the trigger in 2 seconds flat on the ST50.
Keep in mind that Panasonic is the more popular brand around here so there are more owners of Panasonic plasmas and naturally there will be more complaints. I'm not saying they're not more susceptible to IR, but don't think that they have IR issues based on complaints on these boards, especially because there are a few members here that don't own a Panasonic plasma and are just making the situation sound worse than it really is (aka trolls). Just think how many Panasonic owners there are on these boards without
IR issues, myself included.
I was really debating between the ST50 and E6500 because IR was a huge concern for me as well, but ultimately I was willing to take the chance because PQ is so important to me. Needless to say, I'm very happy with my choice.
If you leave the same static logos for several hours every day and are willing to sacrifice brightness, then I would have to recommend the E6500. But if your viewing patterns are 'normal' and you mix it up, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the ST50 and say that IR won't be an issue. Remember, IR varies from panel to panel... there are MANY Panasonic owners who game for hours a day without any IR issues. Find a store with a good return/exchange policy and if you see IR that takes an unusual time to get rid of, then either exchange it for a new one, or if you're worried about it, exchange it for the E6500.Edited by rahzel - 8/22/12 at 12:43pm