Originally Posted by greenjp
This is the truth. While arguing this topic in another post, somebody said "do a search and look at all the burn in threads, it must be a problem." Well I did do a search and it turns out that almost every single thread that came up was just a bunch of worrying and hand wringing about it, but no actual burn in, just a boat load of plasma owners chiming in to report that they haven't had any problems.
I broke my 50PX77U in by putting it in standard mode with the contrast at 0 for the first week. I gamed on it starting day 1, and watched movies and TV shows in all possible format. No break in DVDs. After a week I turned the settings up to those recommended by CNET and have continued to use the TV like a TV. Probably 2/3 of it's time is spent gaming, the remaining time mostly watching sports with the occasional movie thrown in. No IR, no burn in, no nothing. Just a sweet TV.
Call me a plasma fanboy if you want, but that's my real experience and it makes me think all this stuff is silly.
I would agree for the most part. Someone has told me that Panasonic says to break-in the newer plasmas (I have a 50" 85u) using Standard and I broke it in using Cinema, but kept levels at 50 or lower. Other than one stuck pixel (it bounce back a minute later), I've had no problems. I've been a good boy as far as black bars and gaming...at least until I'm closer to 1000 hours (yes...I'm anal). But I don't see any differnce between breaking in a plasma in Standard over Cimema
My only issue has been with the Smithsonian HD channel..they have this very solid, white logo and it left IR after watching an hour program. After running the break-in DVD for 30 minutes or so, it went away. I wish these idiots would go to a transparent logo, like all the other HD channels