Originally Posted by Hobbun
Glad everything is looking better on your TV! It appears you were having some other issues besides the burn-in, so a good replacement.
My question to you, how bad was your burn-in? Meaning, was it in more than one location, how noticeable was it?
With my own, I have a small circle approximately 1 ½” in diameter towards the top of the screen (about 2 inches from top) on right half of TV. It doesn’t become visible all the time during normal viewing, only with red/light brown backgrounds.
So because of that, I am hesitant on getting a replacement panel, especially in reading some of these other experiences in burn-in coming back after a few months (hopefully that will not be the case for you). And I wouldn’t be sure how ‘bad’ it would come back, either. Right now, it’s what I consider, relatively minor for burn-in.
What are your thoughts, and everyone else’s?
I think that everyone that has BI will only see it under certain conditions. Whatever the color of the static image is that caused the differential aging, you will only see that ghost image when there is content that is that color, or uses that color, to a certain extent.
For me, I could clearly see the ghost image of the Destiny HUD and the YouTube app rectangle (confirmed that it's YouTube) whenever there was something Red, Yellow, Orange, flesh tones, or to a much much lesser extent, Purple, Green, or Blue, displayed in those areas. I could make it out faintly on white screens as well. The HUD is in the bottom left corner for the most part, but I could see the diamond outline in the top left also. The YouTube rectangle is in the bottom right corner. Were they always visible? No, but it was annoying any time they were.
I would say get it replaced if you can. The newer panels should be more resistant, and probably have less uniformity issues. From what I've read, the 2017s were a step backwards on banding, and are pretty bad compared to the 2018s, 19s, and even the 2016s, so you will probably make out in that regard. As far as it being possible to happen again? Yeah, it's always going to be a possibility. Dare I say a probability if you own it long enough. Hopefully with the new measures, it doesn't show up until after you aren't even using it as your main anymore, down the road.
Now the free replacement is a one time deal. You're on your own after that, so if you don't want to use your get out of jail free card now, I get that. But you also don't know how long they will keep issuing those cards either...
I had always planned on getting a new TV of at least 75" and retiring this set to the office and donating my plasma, so I only need this one to last another year or so, so my case may be different than most.
BTW, there is faint yellow stain in the same left side of the screen. Less yellow than my old panel, but there -_- I'm good on near black banding and vignetting, though.