I've cross posted this in response to a brand specific question posited by someone else, but thought it belonged in this thread...so here you go.
I'm honestly curious, would you mind sharing what content you do watch and in what percentage.
I ask because it seems s that 80% of movies come "hardcoded" with black bars... thin ones for 1.85:1 moves and thick ones for 2.35:1 movies.
Now, according to my manufacturer, the display I purchased is extremely resistant to IR and uneven wear, however, the fine print in this (and every other) warranty also states that should the "impossible" occur and I end up with burn-in and/or uneven wear it's not covered.
Given that, I've been pretty gentle for the first three weeks with lower contrast settings and extremely low use of 2:35 films.
The cost for my prudence has not been trivial. My wife complains bitterly about my using the Zoom aspect during 2:35 films and makes statements like, "Why did we get this expensive Plasma if we are not going to see movies the "right" way." I tend to agree.
She understands we are in a break-in period, but if its the considered wisdom of folks who have used this technology, that watching letterboxed movies will trash my Display, then I'm in big trouble :-)
Left w/o constraints here's how I'd guess my family would use our Display.
- 30% SD 4:3 Content stretched to 16:9 (no one seems to mind this)
- 15% HD 16:9 Content (Hey, there just isn't that much available yet...whatcha gonna do)
- 45% 2.35:1 Movies (The vast majority of films seem to be in this aspect)
- 10% 1.85:1 Movies (Even these have a small bit of black bar, right?)