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Thinking about buying this TV, and had a few questions:

1) I heard some panasonics have grey 4:3 bars instead of black to prevent burn in. Is this the case?

2) how reflective is the screen on this TV compared to other panasonics, or plasmas in general?


3) And the last question: I heard that burn in is not an issue anymore with plasmas. Is this true? I will be watching 4:3 shows in that format (will not be stretching picture). Will this effect my TV in the long run, or is burn in a non-issue all together? Thanks for reading.
 

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Originally Posted by Singh007 /forum/post/15507587


Thinking about buying this TV, and had a few questions:

1) I heard some panasonics have grey 4:3 bars instead of black to prevent burn in. Is this the case?

2) how reflective is the screen on this TV compared to other panasonics, or plasmas in general?


3) And the last question: I heard that burn in is not an issue anymore with plasmas. Is this true? I will be watching 4:3 shows in that format (will not be stretching picture). Will this effect my TV in the long run, or is burn in a non-issue all together? Thanks for reading.

1) You can choose gray or black bars

2) The is pretty reflective. Under dim lighting you will be fine. When there is a lot of color on the screen, you probably won't be bothered if it is bright in the room, but you will notice a big difference when there is less light. -- This is my first plasma, so I think someone else can be more detailed here

3) Burn-in is not so really an issue anymore. With that said, if you only watch 4:3 shows, eventually there will be burn-in. How much 4:3 will you be watching?
 

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1) You can choose gray or black bars

2) The is pretty reflective. Under dim lighting you will be fine. When there is a lot of color on the screen, you probably won't be bothered if it is bright in the room, but you will notice a big difference when there is less light. -- This is my first plasma, so I think someone else can be more detailed here

3) Burn-in is not so really an issue anymore. With that said, if you only watch 4:3 shows, eventually there will be burn-in. How much 4:3 will you be watching?

I will mostly be watching 4:3 TV because most tv shows are shot in that aspect ratio
 

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I will mostly be watching 4:3 TV because most tv shows are shot in that aspect ratio

No HDTV? I would be a little uneasy about just watching 4:3 TV on the plasma. I can't see that ending well
 

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No HDTV? I would be a little uneasy about just watching 4:3 TV on the plasma. I can't see that ending well


I will be getting HDTV, but the programs are still meant to be viewed in 4:3 not 16:9 widescreen (most shows). If i don't use the black bars then the picture will be stretched.
 

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I will be getting HDTV, but the programs are still meant to be viewed in 4:3 not 16:9 widescreen (most shows). If i don't use the black bars then the picture will be stretched.

Most network stations broadcast in 16:9 at prime hours, say from 6:00 p.m up or so. Unless you will be watching a lot of daytime tv, you should be ok.
 

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The PZ80 has selectable side-bar shade from black to dark gray to lighter gray for the 4:3 window-box mode.

However you can also use a fill-the-screen stretch (JUST) mode or zoom mode instead, preferable for many 4:3 programs and use FULL for HD programs.
 

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I will be getting HDTV, but the programs are still meant to be viewed in 4:3 not 16:9 widescreen (most shows). If i don't use the black bars then the picture will be stretched.

On the contrary, most HDTV shows that air in prime time (7:00 to 11:00 and most newscasts, now) are transmitted in 16:9. Unless you are watching a lot of daytime shows, you will be getting 16:9 broadcasts. Even the other digital channels like TBS, HIST, NatGeo, DISC, ESPN, etc are transmitting many shows in 16:9 now.
 
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