On my pioneer HD 53inch RPTV with my new Marantz DV5200 DVD player using VE and AVIA there is no blooming until I hit +30 contrast. I can see little to no change from 0-29. This was not true when I was using my old Sony S330 player. On the old player it would start to get nasty around 0 to 5. I have been absolutely floored with the quality of the Marantz player! Things that have changed... 1.Dvd player upgrade now using progressive scan. 2.Set color to Standard +Film. After looking around the web this is supposed to be pretty close to 6500K. 3.Added backlight to set Right now I have contrast set around 25, which is only 5 from max setting. The picture is stellar. I have noticed that lens flares, and bright white highlights now look very defined and bright. The picture is not washed out at all and the black level holds extremely well. I think the picture looks better than ever but the high contrast setting bothers me. So here is my question. Will such a high contrast setting cause the set to burn out at a faster rate? Should I lower it to the lowest point where I can see no visible changes for the benefit of the set or relax and enjoy the amazing picture?