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Question #2932 posted on 02/05/2004 midnight
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Is it true that plasma Tvs' image quality decreases in like 1 year ??
- Thinking-about-buying-a-plasma-Tv

A: Dear Thinking,

The upsides to plasma TVs are obvious, they're just so darn cool. However, there are downsides. One of these is that the best plasma screens still aren't up to par in picture quality of the best CRT TVs. Another downside is that you can get "burn in." This is the very reason computers have screen savers, to avoid burning any images on the screen. Lastly, plasma TVs only have a life of about 20,000 to 30,000 hours, which equates to at least 2 years and 3 months of constant usage before the screen fades to half brightness. So, plasma screens don't last as long as normal TVs, but the picture quality shouldn't degrade after a year.

-Phoenix
A: Dear Person With Too Much Money,

Buy me a plasma screen (preferably something around 60 inches), and I'll tell you how the quality is doing here in about a year.

-Nemo