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Hi, kind of newbie to this whole this better than the average television set business. Anyways.


I just have a question about this particular Set.
Panasonic 40" LCD Projection


I'm wondering about the possibilities of burn-in on such a set because I will engage in activities that may make the television more prone to burn in that what may be average.
 

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i am sure others can better speak to technical reasons behind it but a LCD projector should not be as subject to burn in as a plasma - definitely one of the pros to this technology. Not having seen one of these units in life, i have to say my primary criticism is that it is butt-ugly. What were the panny designers thinking?


As well, this unit is a LCD rear projector versus a LCD panel so like the grand wega i gather it should appear in the rear projector forum rather than the flat panel display forum.
 

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LCDs do not suffer from burn in period. There are no phosphors.


What you will find is that the contrast ration is typically going to be less than 500:1 vs the quoted 3000:1 for the plasma. So if you actually looked at this set it might looked washed out. Although the panny plasma is more like 1200-1500:1 this makes a big difference.


A typical CRT set will be up above that 3000:1 contrast ratio. This includes any rear projectiuon CRT set. Front projectors are in the same range but any ambient light will have a similar effect on what you really see in the end. Like watching a movie in the theater with the lights on.


None the less, this looks like an interesting product. You might say its half the price of a plasma but you can get a plasma with aa contrast ratio in that range for $4000.
 

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I saw this set at CES and was impressed by the brightness, although as a result it seemed a bit washed out. I will check it out at Best Buy as soon as I can find a local one that has it in stock.


I will note that $3000 is not a terrible MSRP for this set, especially given that I'd expect some mail-order discounters to come in lower. The advent of DLP-based RPTVs at 43, 50, and 55 inches, combined with this set (which is also supposed to have a 45-inch version out next month) means for interesting times. If we can get the mainstream 42" plasmas down to $4000 by year end, the competition should produce some wonderful deals.


Mark
 
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