Burn in on VT-50
by JimmyBells - 5/8/13 3:54 PM
In Reply to: Burn in on VT-50 by khisel
I called Panasonic, and they also mentioned the 100 hour break in recommendation. Nice to let us know after the fact. I got the TV on March 13th, and didn't start watching games till the season started on April 1st. Not sure I put 100 hours on it, but had to be at least 50. I tried running a variety of white screens and such for many many hours. I put this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR-__suycVQ) on an SD card, which made a continuous loop and have been playing it overnight for what must be over 100 hours now. It's still there. Not to the extent that it shows through on darker screens, movies, etc., but I can see it on any white or very light colored screen. It's annoying as heck knowing it's there. Plus now I watch Yankee games with both the TV zoom on and the cable box zoom on to avoid it getting worse, albeit it looks like crap like that. So now I'm afraid to watch one of the main things I purchased it for.
This TV replaced a 42" model HP TV that I had for about 7 years. Model PL4200N. Never had a burn in issue with that at all, and the picture was great. The only reason I upgraded was to get a bigger set, and so I could give the HP to my father. I'm pretty sure now that he got the better deal out of the transaction.
If not for the burn in issue, I'd say the Panasonic looks great, but considering what happened, I could never recommend this set or technology to anyone. It's sad since it cost almost $2000. Both Panasonic and the retailer said there's nothing that can be done as far as replacement is concerned. I'd gladly get rid of it for half the price if I could.
Panasonic should have included a blue ray disc with something on it to break it in if it's such a common problem, which by reading these and other forums, it apparently is. Very disappointing.
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