I have read indipendent studies of plasma's and they found that they must be refilled on average after 8-10 years of 3-5 hours of daily use, so I am going to have to go with the studies. we will start to see what happends in a few years when plasma's in residental homes start to go, or not?
What "independent studies"? Consumer Reports?
One of the home theater mags (SGHT?) recently did a "top ten myths about home theater" where they totally debunked this story. Sorry, but science wins out over fantasy every time. We don't have to wait a "few years", we just have to understand how plasma TVs work to know this is nonsense.
For a reality check:http://www.crutchfie...asma_myths.html
Myth #3: Plasma TVs leak gas and require periodic "re-charging"
Fact: Every plasma TV is a completely sealed unit. In fact, it's permanently sealed when the panel is manufactured. Each individual cell in a plasma panel is sealed. So, a plasma TV will never require any refilling or recharging of its neon-xenon gas.
Sadly, some salespeople at national retail chains have been known to tell customers not only that plasma TVs leak, but also that recharging the gas would be covered by an extended warranty! (This actually happened to well-known HDTV expert Gary Merson, who described the encounter in the September/October 2003 issue of The Perfect Vision.) If a salesperson ever tries to sell you this line, do yourself a favor and head for the door.
and from http://hometheater.a...aplasmafaq3.htm
The gas in a Plasma television does not leak in such a way that more gas can be pumped in. Each pixel element is a completely sealed structure, including the charging plates and plasma gas. If a pixel element fails, it cannot be repaired physically or by "recharging" the gas.
and from http://www.expertentertainment.com:
Plasma TV’s Leak
There are those in the AV industry who blame this rumor on unscrupulous major warehouse retailers who make a generous profit selling extended warranties. The story goes that uneducated salespeople will tell consumers that their plasma TV may leak, leaving only a black and white picture where there was once color. This is of course absurd. If the gas inside the tube leaked, there would be NO picture. But, the stories are out there, and an unwitting customer might be suckered into buying an expensive and probably unnecessary warranty.