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New plasma TV, burn in?! Advice needed.

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Hey, Recently bought a new Samsung Plasma 50" from john lewis while it was on sale with the 3D player and glasses. http://www.johnlewis.com/231090561/Product.aspx Its arrived, but I can… Read More
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Hey,

Recently bought a new Samsung Plasma 50" from john lewis while it was on sale with the 3D player and glasses.

http://www.johnlewis.com/231090561/Product.aspx

Its arrived, but I can't quite believe what i'm reading in the manual.

''Do not display a still image (such as a video game) on the plasma display for more than several minutes as it can cause image screen retention. Image retention is also known as image burn''

It also goes on about not watching programs for long with the logos at the top, nearly all channels have this?! And it says using a video games console is not recommended?! Whats the use in buying a tv if you can't watch programs for more than a few minutes?

After testing out the 3D, I was on shreks menu for only about a minute, and it had a lot of image retention left on the screen.

I'm very concerned I will end up with a burn in that will never go away, and unsure if I should just return this while I can?

Can someone please give me some advice? Are all plasmas like this?
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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Maybe this will help you decide.
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you can find a plasma burn in disc on the net if you have a good root. failing that, but the digital video essentials disc & set-up properly or find an owners thread on another forum.

i had this exact same question 3 years ago....
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From my understand the two terms aren't the same - retention is temporary whilst burn is permanent.

Plasmas settle down after a few months of use - I don't even notice retention anymore, although I'm sure there is still some present from time to time.

Samsung are merely covering their backsides on the wording.
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moob
From my understand the two terms aren't the same - retention is temporary whilst burn is permanent.

Plasmas settle down after a few months of use - I don't even notice retention anymore, although I'm sure there is still some present from time to time.

Samsung are merely covering their backsides on the wording.


2nd this....
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Just leave it as it is, no need to worry.

As long as you don't have a stationary image for hours in the screen it will be fine.

Too many people worry about this too much, it used to be an issue years ago, but not anymore.....

Wouldn't buy a Samsung plasma though, probably one of the worst. Panasonic or LG only !
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Green button will remove the 'red button' and other things on screen, not logos obviously

Seriously, I wouldn't worry though, if you do get any image retention just put a 'tuned out' channel on for a few minutes. When I first got my Panasonic plasma (which you should have bought :) ) I played a lot of halo 3, and I mean a lot, did it no harm, don't listen to any lcd Fanboys :)
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ChrisUK
Just leave it as it is, no need to worry.

As long as you don't have a stationary image for hours in the screen it will be fine.

Too many people worry about this too much, it used to be an issue years ago, but not anymore.....

Wouldn't buy a Samsung plasma though, probably one of the worst. Panasonic or LG only !


Nice little addition at the end there. Bit pointless really as he's already bought it. I bet he feels great now. :|
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I worried non stop about the image retention on my LG plasma i bought in October, now i just reat it as any other Tv i've owned and stopped worrying about the retention. I very rarely notice any now, only on a blank screen if i go right up to the screen and it always fades quickly too.
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It says this in the manual just to cover themselves, so you can't return it under warrenty for image burn.

I have had a Panasonic plasma for over 2 years, kids use it a lot for childrens channels, which display a lot of bright logos. I use it for the xbox 360 a lot, never had a problem.

I do get image retention (but only see it when you put the TV on a channel with no input, so it's black) but this goes after 30 seconds or so. Certainly no screen burn, and I wouldn't let it worry you.

Still much prefer the picture quality of plasma to LCD, so worth it.
#10
Thanks everyone for the replies, I am feeling better about the TV now, although I am still going to run a plasma break in dvd for 100 hours or so :)

About the panasonics or lgs being much better, they must be mind blowing because I was absolutely shocked at this TV's quality on blurays and 3D. Watched one earlier and it was incredible.

The price on the link that I gave was not what was paid. It was on deal at £899 with a free 3D Player and 3 Pairs of glasses and could not see any TV near this with a 5 year warranty as well. And comparing them to other Televisions in the shop the quality looked great but that may be my eyes if you all think different not sure! I've owned LCD's always before this Plasma.

Edited By: gaz4 on Dec 12, 2010 11:11: (Mistake on price)
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gaz4
About the panasonics or lgs being much better, they must be mind blowing because I was absolutely shocked at this TV's quality on blurays and 3D. Watched one earlier and it was incredible.


Panny fans seem to get golden eye syndrome, where they think just because they spent 1k more than your samsung it must be better,
also, panasonic tv's you see in electrical stores are set up individually by a panasonic rep to give the best possible display picture, ( this fools a lot of people ) whilst the sammys are switched onto shop mode from the engineers menu and stuck on display, which does them no justice, but you don't pay an overinflated price either.

Cannot comment on LG, i have never owned one, and would only be able to judge what i have seen in store, and that would be pointless as they are never setup up properly in store, ( unless they are pannys )


The panny 3d tvs are not as good as the sammys, hop over to avforums and read about it.

I initially owned a panny VT20, i got it swapped for another as i was not that impressed with it, then after they replaced it, i still was not happy and got it switched for a sammy 6900 and got about 1k back in change, and haven't looked back.


don;t believe the hype


As for the OP, don't worry too much about burn in, enable the TV's Energy saving mode for the first 200 Hours

On a sammy, press the Tools Button, and it should be there.




Edited By: jayjayuk1234 on Dec 12, 2010 11:00: a
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A new plasma should have it's settings turned down for the first few weeks , brightness ,contrast .etc .This is what I was led to believe when I bought mine . I bought a Panasonic TH37 from Richer Sounds about 7 or 8 years ago ....cost £1200. Despite all the rubbish remarks I read about , screen burn ,image retention , the unit will only last 30k hours etc . non proved valid .
The picture after all this time is as good now as it was when I bought it . .........perfect .
The TV [it was actually a monitor ,as it only had a VGA port on it when I bought it . I bought 2 terminal boards for it [BNC & SCART]] is on about 8 hours aday ,longer on weekends and has a superior picture to some modern day TV's I've seen especially the LG models .
Look in the manual to see if there is a setting for normal/new mode or turn all the stttings to midway.
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My Panasonic wasn't that expensive, 500 or so 2 years ago. I find it amazing for SD more than anything. Freeview on my lcd upstairs is barely watchable, downstairs is great though.
#14
Cheers everyone, i've been running Plasma burn-in DVD and reduced the brightness / contrast until its been running for a while. Really pleased with the TV and it has a function ''scroller'' to help take away Image retention after watching a movie with borders etc and works well.

Very happy with the purchase. Thanks for the help.

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