The real scoop is go to an airport that is using plasmas...they have burn in, they also are on ~16 hours a day showing the same static image. Burn in is not an issue, IMHO, as many, many people have reported before. Just be wise and the plasma will last and last (~30,000 viewing hours or at 7 hours per day, for roughly 11.75 years).
I have played Xbox Halo on my panny for well over five months now and at times for a period of time that I probably shouldn't (~5 straight) with no sign of burn-in. Ghosting, yes...but not burn in.
FYI, I believe that any phosphor based display will exhibit burn-in if left on for hours and hours and hours displaying the same static type image.
Exactly what mcgir says. There have been hundreds of posts on this subject in this Forum, and AFAIK no one has reported a burn-in problem with a recently manufactured plasma in normal residential use. One thing that alarms people are the numerous warnings in the mfrs' manuals about the dangers of burn-in; IMHO this is just so the manufacturers can avoid liability when burn-in does occur on commercial displays which display bright, static images for hundreds or thousands of hours.
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