I desperately need a good TV for the kitchen (essentially the family room) of my weekend house. Currently have a 13" CRT! I'm a huge football fan -- both NFL and College -- and last year I didn't want to be in the country any weekend from September through January because I had to watch football on my 50" RP LCD HDTV at home! So I've finally convinced my wife that we NEED a good TV up there and I'm ready to buy in the next month.
So, I decided on a Panasonic 42" plasma, then started looking at the user guide, various FAQs, and this thread. Now I'm having second thoughts and may fall back to a Sharp 32" LCD.
The issue: I absolutely hate watching 4:3 TV in any other mode than Normal. While I watch as much HDTV as I can get, I still probably watch 80% in Normal 4:3 mode.
While I have no problem lowering brightness/contrast, watching in a 16:9 mode for first 100 hours, and using bright sidebars, the bottom line is that following break-in I'll be watching 80% in 4:3 mode.
Can someone with experience tell me if I'm wasting my money on the plasma display? Is it simply inappropriate for my viewing habits due to burn-in risk? Or will I be fine if I follow procedures noted in above paragraph?