I am getting a little nervous. Two Christmas ago we picked up a 52" Samsung plasma... The thing is great... BUT after a year, we lost picture and menu... Except sound. The price was so incredibly low @ 600 bucks that I bought the extended warranty for 99 bucks extra. Good thing we did, Geek Squad came right out and troubleshot the thing... It needed a whole new screen... A few days later, he swapped the screen out like a breeze. Amazing how there is nothing to these TV's, really. Processor, speakers, screen all in a thin case. How simple it looked! Anyway, the reason I am getting nervous is that the TV is on all the time... My son mainly watches it. It does seem to click really loud and have a bright flash when you turn it on. Is this normal? As with burn in, from watching Cartoon Network, their logo does not really move... You do get a slight ghost image if you look carefully. I am just wondering if we just got unlikely the first time or there is a rash of screen problems with this model Samsung plasma? Oh well... I got another 2 years left on the extended warranty! I have been following their break-in procedure too. I was also wondering if it is best to just leave it on and shut the picture off by shutting the source cable set top box off? Any suggestions on how to get longevity from a plasma would be much obliged! It is such an awesome set, great picture... I want it to last this time. Oh, I was super careful with delivery too. That isn't so much an issue anymore with the plasma gas, right? They just don't want you flexing the screen and breaking the glass, right?
It may not look like the logo is moving, but they generally do -- I can't remember if the network makes them move ever so slightly or if the TV somehow shifts the pixels around, but it's generally not too big a deal. In addition, if you DO see ghosting, I've read that nowadays it goes away over time. Never tried it since I don't leave one channel on all day.
As for the loud click and bright flash -- the click might be normal (like when you turn a receiver on), but a bright flash sounds odd. I've never seen that on a TV before. :/
I heard it is best for darker, closed rooms... Plasma that is. That is why we went with it, it is actually in my son's bedroom. Now, my living room is well light with natural light and wide open... I am assuming LCD or LED would be better for that room?
Plasma generally has a more reflective screen, so if you have a lot of lights, you might get some glare. It all depends on the angle of light to the angle of the TV. My in-laws have a plasma TV and they have a wall of windows right next to it, but it's not a problem because that light doesn't bounce off of the TV. If they put it across from the windows, it might be an issue though, and in that case LCD would be better (although you'll still see SOME glare, just less of it).