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I have a chance to buy a Panasonic 61" DTV ready projection TV for 900 bucks. It's four months old. It seems like a great deal.


But, a friend says watching letterbox movies "burns" the screen above and below the picture. Is this right? Any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Other way around - it's the area with the image, between the black bars, that "burns" or wears faster than the black bar areas. The substance that produces the light in a CRT-based display is phosphor, this is the stuff that is wearing unevenly.


If the Contrast is set low enough this won't be much of a problem. But that's the problem - since this set is used it may already have been run a lot with Contrast too high - frequently the Contrast is cranked up at the factory and never turned down by the consumer. Can result in premature phosphor wear or even damaged phosphor requiring CRT replacement. Buyer beware.
 
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