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Old 04-15-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Just purchased my first HDTV (Samsung UN46D6500) - a LCD/LED display. At the moment I do not subscribe to any HD content so all my cable channels are SD or 4:3 format. I really hated the stretched out look and changed the display from 16:9 to 4:3 so at least the picture looked somewhat normal. However, upon reading the user's guide - it states "not to set your TV to 4:3 for a long time." It goes on to say the borders surrounding the video may cause image retention (screen burn). Has anyone had problems in this regard? Am I stuck watching the stretched picture in 16:9? Any thoughts or opinions?
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A plasma TV can show signs of burn in, although most of the reputable manufactures have overcome that problem for the most part.

LCD based TVs (cold-cathode and LED backlighted) don't exhibit any burn in. This is due to the fact that each LCD "cell" responsible for allowing light to reach your eye can stay in either state, on or off, for any length of time without degrading, and therefore doesn't change its characteristics even though it may be in that blacked out border of a pillarboxed image.

In a plasma TV, there is potential for lighted cells to age differently than non-lighted ones and change their light output, but since yours is LCD, not to worry.
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There is a condition that can happen to LCDs called image retention. It differs from burn in because it is not long lasting. I have seen LCDs that have had the images from sports broadcasts (scores) retained for several minutes.
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