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Last night I noticed my Panny doing something that confused and surprised me. The PJ is mounted on a rear shelf over my left shoulder. Especially during quiet passages in program material, I would notice a soft but definitely audible "crunch" sound coming from the projector. Around this same time, I noticed that the onscreen image had taken on a definite yellowish cast to it, and it even looked a little smeared, as if your glasses had oily fingerprints on them. Wanting to investigate to get to the bottom of the matter, I got up to physically inspect the projector and was further surprised to find little bits of white particles strewn about on the floor under the shelf where the projector is mounted!
Here's what I found: my projector has been eating my Jolly Time Healthy Pop Butter Flavor Microwave Popcorn! The delicious buttery-flavored seasoning was smeared all over the lens and I could also see a few old maids rattling around in the exhaust port area.
I called my authorized dealer and they said had never heard of any other projector eating popcorn - or any other snack for that matter - so it seems like it might be an isolated incident. Just to be sure it's not a wider problem with all 8000 models, though, I would appreciate hearing from any other 8000 owners who are seeing this kind of unsatisfactory performance.
Right now I am really wishing I had bought a less hungry projector, maybe an Epson or a JVC.