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Ok, I got the replacement projector yesterday and I followed the same routine as last time: put it in lamp mode high, color mode vivid, iris off and switched on the projector menu. Then I tried to set it up properly (zoom, focus and lens shift) which again took about 30 minutes due to the crappy mechanic of the lens shift.
After that, I displayed the gray test image and voila: the menu was burned in again! So it's not only my unit, but obviously all TW5000s. Maybe it only affects the units from the first batch? The loaner device was also on FW 1.05 so probably from an old production just like mine.
I then tried to get rid of the burned in menu by watching 30 minutes of a movie. After that, the menu was only visible very faintly (but it was still there). Now I set the lamp mode to low and we watched a complete 2.35:1 movie (1:30 hours). After that, the menu was gone but the black bars showed clearly! I then switched on the menu again and left it for 15 minutes. Sure enough, the menu was burned in again.
So it seems that the lamp mode doesn't make much difference. It seems as if the burn in was a bit slower at low lamp mode, but it still occurs after a couple of minutes.
Something is wrong with these projectors! Let's see what Epson has to say about this.