second hand plasma


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I'm in the position to buy a second hand plasma, but am not that clued up on them, so need some advice.

What things should I look out for and how to spot them e.g screen burn etc?


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Find out how many hours its been ON - as plasmas have a life expectancy of around 30k hrs - yeah look for discoloration, screen burn, anything that looks outta place really - dpends really where and who u buying it from too.

Joe Fernand

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What plasma? Has it had a Corporate or Consumer life? Inspect it for stuck and dead pixels? Has it been running at max contrast and brightness? Look for permanent after images (screen burn), Look for discoloration!

I'd want to run a test DVD like DVE or AVIA from a DVD player before agreeing to purchase.

Also talk to the manufacturer about service if its an old model.

Best regards


aligamer - they dont STOP working at 30,000 hours - 1st and 2nd generation panels simply produce around 50% less light after about 30,000 hours.


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I've had a look at the plasma over the weekend.

On bright/normal scenes it looks really good, but it looks awfull in dark scenes.

Could this just be set up badly, or more likely a problem with the plasma?

I couldn't find out how many hours it has used, but I think it may be a lot as it was a consumer product.

It was connected to a PC using VGA.

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