Originally Posted by Sy17
Ok. I know I’ve been a pain, asked 10 thousand questions and probably came across really stupid but I’ve finally done it, just this minute ordered a 55C9 from Currys website for £1299. I’m really hoping I’ve made the right choice. I want the best picture possible so I guess it has to be OLED. Can someone answer these simply questions for me just to put my mind at ease and help me finally stop stressing and loosing the will to live!
About 2 hours in the evenings and a good 5 hours during the day on Saturdays and Sundays if we aren’t out.
My wife and I can easily watch 2 films in the evenings most evenings or 4/5 hours of boxsets (We like the binge)
If the wife and I aren’t watching a film or a boxset I generally play the PS4 pro for about 4 hours straight in the evening while she works out how to divorce me! On a Friday and Saturday night my son and I generally play the PS4 pro from around 7 till midnight! That’s 5 hours straight!
I’m not sure if that is mega high usage but can someone please look at my usages and tell me if you think I have made the right choice going with the C9 or infact OLED. Also, I hear people talking about panel lottery too. How do I know or check if my panel is good?
Gammers can chime in here, but 5 hours straight would be something at least worth "monitoring".
Be careful that all day tv viewing isn't just on a news channel with static areas on it.
What do I mean by "monitoring"?
As you go, I would periodically check for IMAGE RETENTION. Image retention isn't screen burn in but it is the precursor to it if you aren't careful. You can get image retention without burn in. But there is no such thing as burn-in that didn't have image retention first (whether or not you noticed it taking place).
I haven't had this happen on my OLED yet, but on my plasma it starts with a faint outline that usually manifests on a white background of what was static for a long time. If it continues, it will become a light yellow and as it gets worse, it will turn orange/yellow. After this, burn in will invariably set in.
No one can "tell you" for sure what is or isn't going to happen. This is why I would recommend periodically putting up a white screen image so you can check for it. White is useful for this. I downloaded some 4k size color slides off the internet and put them on a USB drive. You might be able to easily pull this up directly if you are connected to the internet. Don't check for this the next morning when your tv has had a chance to calm down. Do it right after one of your big gaming viewing sessions. In this way you can catch it, if it is occurring, at it's worst and then decide accordingly.
If you see the image retention on the white background, it is your tv "telling you" that it DOES NOT LIKE your viewing/gaming habits with regard to duration. At that point the solution is to shorten the time and vary the content. Try to think of image retention as *"inflamed-irritated" pixels that will either calm down or get worse, depending on what you do next.
The goal here is to not even have image retention
. If you fight your "battle" here, you will win the burn in war every time.
If image retention looks different on an OLED, fine. But I think these principles are still very sound.
This regime is very proactive and one where YOU are in control.
Too often people just "do" what they think is "reasonable" and then when burn in happens, yes, they realize they over did it, but then it is too late.
The white slide will make monitoring for this rather easy. In regular content, with different darker colors always changing, image retention can otherwise be hard to detect. But actual burn in isn't hard to detect on any content. But by then, it's too late.
Don't wait for burn in. Check for image retention. Many people aren't even aware of this, but my plasmas have been going strong since 2013 and they are considerably
more sensitive to burn in than these OLEDS.
Good luck and enjoy! Hope this helps.
P.S. With regard to the panel lottery, it is generally the opposite. Dark grey uniformity slides 2%, 5% 10% 20% etc. will reveal much of this. But there are those who advise "not going there" and just watch your tv and if you don't "see" any problems, then you are good.