Originally Posted by cakyol
EXACTLY my sentiments. Plasma seems to have soooo many issues......
Here's the deal - you can
introduce IR to your plasma, but there are simple steps to take to seriously reduce the chances of it happening, and if you notice it starting to happen, there are simple steps to rectify it.
Pretty much any decent plasma TV will have anti-IR features built into the set - use them. The pixel orbiter feature should be turned on, and I'd suggest setting it to the most aggressive setting - you won't notice the pixels shifting, and it's a good preventative feature. For 4:3 viewing, you should be able to set the black bars to a "light" setting. If you notice some IR after using your TV (you'll need to get close to the screen and look at it in very low light conditions to see if it's starting to happen) the set should have a scrolling white bar feature - run that for several minutes and the IR should disappear. If you have persistent IR that isn't going away and you're still in the early stages of using your TV, running the break-in images slideshow should eventually eliminate it.
It's widely believed that the phosphors in plasma sets are somewhat malleable in the first 100 or so hours of use, and after that they are fairly firmly "broken in", making them very resistant to IR, as well as actually improving the picture quality. This is why there is the suggestion of running break-in slides on the set that cycle through full-screen R/G/B colors and grey scales to age the set. Some people will run these immediately and not watch anything on their set until it's done - you can do that, but it's not a requirement by any means.
If you choose to enjoy your set after you buy it and not do the break-in (or do the break-in procedure in between using your set), just exercise a few restraints - try not to play games that have static images on screen for hours on end; be conscious about watching letterboxed movies or 4:3 TV channels/DVD's - watch them certainly, but you might not want to do marathon watching of several hours in a row. Use the scrolling white bar after any TV use that isn't full-screen moving images. Don't put your picture in "Vivid/torch" mode right out of the box, and keep the contrast and brightness around 50.
If you exercise these cautions, after the first 100 or so hours of use you should be able to fully enjoy your TV.
And yes, the picture quality difference is well worth any hassle in breaking it in.