I've had the TV since July.
I have pretty much accepted that it can't be fixed. I will eventually replace it. Right now I'm more focused on getting my ZT60 fully setup in my basement.
Edited by UniversalGC - 12/7/13 at 11:08am
I think each panel age differently, that's why I'm turning the contrast up by increments. So if I start to see signs of IR, I will turn it down a bit till where I'm not getting any.
Contrast at 95 seem fairly high. Are those the settings you are playing games on? Also does it have to be on 79 for comfortable television watching. So far I have 260hrs our mine but my contrast increments have been slow. Looking at your experience, contrast alone doesn't seem like the only culprit since it started around the 350+ mark.
I posted this in the main ST60 thread, but I'll repeat it for those who may not have seen it there:
~~I've noticed what might be my first instance of IR/Burn-in, and I believe it might have been caused by close captioning on Netflix programming. We don't watch anything with static content, and ordinarily I wouldn't consider close captioning to be static, but the size and placement of the ghost image corresponds exactly to the size and placement of the text. I don't know what else could explain it. Since then, I've been running a lot of (non-captioned) programming, as well as the screen wipe, and the image seems to have diminished quite a bit. Fortunately, it's very faint and mostly only noticeable on white or bright, solid backgrounds. (The wife needed me to point it out.) Still, it's unnerved me enough to dial down the contrast (formerly at 80) on all of my settings and institute a no-subtitles rule in our house unless it's absolutely necessary. The set has about 150-200 hours of use, and we watch mostly shows on Netflix. Very little OTA programming and no games.
No black bars -- just bright yellow text against the programming.
The darker IR bands are faint and getting fainter after two days. I guess it's just a wake up call for me that captioned programming, when viewed consistently, can be a form of static image. Also I brought my contrast levels down quite a bit. Currently I'm using Home Theater at 50% contrast. I like the look of it, and for TV programming, I prefer it to Cinema mode.