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Does Letter Box Burn In

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by fauxweasel, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. fauxweasel

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    Hi All,
    When watching HDTV 16:9 on my plasma TV during some/most commercials there are the infamous BLACK BARS that appear. I know that the black bars can burn in if left on too long.

    Now my question is: When watching LetterBox movies are the top and bottom bars prone to burn in as well. I never watched a 2/2.5 hour movie to find out.

    The reason I ask is because the vertical black bars from TV are a pure black with now movment. The horizontal movie bars are not forced black but rather an actual fuzzy black that sparkels a little bit.

    Does anyone have a plasma TV that he or she watches letterbox movies straight through with out freaking out about burn in?
     
  2. lofty29

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    Hi,

    I bought a Pioneer plasma from Dixons which was off the shelf beacuse it was the only one they had left, and they ran movies in a loop, through the letterbox mode, and it wasn't until I got it home, that I noticed the screen burn where the black bars had been, so you should really watch the plasma in full screen.

    Lofty :thumbsup:
     
  3. kamaran

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    did they dissapear lofty?
     
  4. Mep

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    personally I think you should always watch a film in the correct aspect ratio...they look dreadful zoomed out to fill the screen. I think you'll find most people here do the same.
    I don't think you can base your judgement upon a display model as they hardly represent normal viewing!....never buy ex display either.
     
  5. Nitrox

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    I’ve had a Panny 4 series for four years now and watched many DVD with black bars, no burn in at all.

    You will only watch the DVD’s for say between two and three hours then you go back TV and flick between channels filling the whole screen.

    The advice I would give would be just use the screen as you would a normal CRT, but be aware of leaving static images on the screen for extended periods i.e. 6+ hours.

    If you are displaying static images and you are concerned, just flick to different inputs and different images.

    Enjoy the screen and don’t let the fear of burn in ruin the enjoyment.
     
  6. Blue Triangles

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    I haven't had any image retention from the black bars yet. I did have a slight image of the menu (the One where you change your picture settings) on a black background though. Thankfully it went after a while.

    I've got my Xbox and Cube through RGB scart looking pin sharp now.
     
  7. Dan L

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    :thumbsdow
     
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    Agreed. Looks rubbish stretched.
     
  9. Dan L

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    May sound stupid but I think I'd rather risk burn-in than be subject to a stretched-to-16:9 anamorphic movie.
     
  10. Blue Triangles

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    If you can't have any black borders on the screen due to the prospect of screen burn, that would render plasma tv's rather pointless in my eyes.
     
  11. adymartin

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    do not put plasma tv's in your eyes....

    however, do not stretch movies because of fears for screen burn.
    screen burn under normal use is a myth. having said that, it probably depends on the display panel.
     
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    I think once your screen is "ran in" you shouldnt worry about the black bars....I happily watched the 3 Lord of the rings extended versions over as many days without the slightest problem on my pv500
     
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    I haven't had any retention from black bars yet but I have from a still image. Believe it or not it was the menu that caused it.
     

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