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So who does *plasma burn in* and who doesn't

post #1 of 5
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It's been awhile since I've read all the tech tidbits on why, etc but for me, it's just normal practice to do a slide burn in on my plasma.
I don't really run a stopwatch-clock on it, but just pick a period where I'll just run the slides to *age the phospors* and mitigate burn in.

It's the same concept I suppose I would apply when changing brake pads/rotors where one Beds the Brakes.


So it's subjective I suppose.

I'd be curious to hear why other do it and why you DON'T do it....
post #2 of 5
From what I've read, some people swear by it, others don't. Personally, I ran the break-in slides for a good 30-40 hours, and then just let the TV run on DirecTV's HD movie channels when I wasn't hanging around the room. If I played video games for a couple hours during the first 100, I'd enable the TV's scrolling mode for a couple hours, or again, set the channel to DirecTV's HD fullscreen movies.

While I may not have done it as religiously as others, I did it because I know what type of care having a plasma TV involves. My father, however, has owned a couple plasma TV's since they came out, and he never did any sort of break-in. His original plasma simply crapped out within 2 years (it was a Sharp 42" with the ambient lighting feature. Amazing TV for its time.), and its replacement was a 50" LG which has withstood 6 years of countless hours of NFL, NHL, NASCAR, video games, etc., and has never had any problems whatsoever. The picture on it is becoming a little dated, and it does suffer a little more IR than my newer Samsung set, but absolutely no issues with burn-in, dead pixels, etc. to this day.

Compare that to my 10 month old Samsung (PN51D550), which has had a screen replacement due to an extreme amount of defective pixels (30+), and has just recently been submitted for another repair due to random power cycles, vertical banding, and spots of uneven screen brightness. Not to mention the fact that there has been some slight burn-in with even the utmost care. I'm beginning to wonder if people are taking precautions such as these due to the fact that TV's may not be built to their best quality nowadays.
Edited by Yomaster - 9/3/12 at 2:32pm
post #3 of 5
I don't think many people purposely try to do "burn in" on their sets...

Just joking, I know what you mean. You are talking about break-in period. I did it for a couple of days, but stopped doing it after I realized I would not be calibrating the set. It's only beneficial when you are planning to calibrate your set and want to make the aging process go faster when you first purchase it. It's not a necessity, a lot of people don't do it.
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I would not say it's a neccessity, but bearing recent blurbs on 3D sets having more plausibility, I would think aging the phospors does mitigate severe IR - well at least lessens it.

Then again we are ~fanatics~. A typical homeowner will just unbox and use it right away, probably having the picture on torch mode, cause everything looks so much Brighter than their previous sets.
Fanatics take IR, etc into account, shuffle the channels if watching a channel with a bright logo, etc, etc.
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Originally Posted by chefwong View Post

I would not say it's a neccessity, but bearing recent blurbs on 3D sets having more plausibility, I would think aging the phospors does mitigate severe IR - well at least lessens it.
Then again we are ~fanatics~. A typical homeowner will just unbox and use it right away, probably having the picture on torch mode, cause everything looks so much Brighter than their previous sets.
Fanatics take IR, etc into account, shuffle the channels if watching a channel with a bright logo, etc, etc.

Amen. I feel like my new Samsung 3DTV is more prone to IR and burn-in than my father's 6-year-old LG. Wonder why the technology has seemingly taken a step backwards with the inclusion of 3D functionality...
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