Ok a local retailer is having a 24 month no interest financing deal and I just bought a house (finally!!!) So I've been cruising for a new display for the past week and had more or less made up my mind on a nice 47"-53" HD ready RPTV, being undecided between the Toshiba 50" and the Panny 47" or 53". Well now after reading the burn in thread I have to say I'm stronly considering just moving down to a 36" direct view Wega or something along those lines. Are RPTV's really that easy to ruin? I don't know if I could tolerate burning the tubes through normal uses within a year as seemed to have happened to so many here. Some go so far as to state that it's simply unavoidable and sooner or later it'll show up, whether you're carefull or not. Right now as a secondary TV I have a 19" relic from around the 70's and it's chugging along no problem. As much as I wanted to move off of direct view, if they have a chance at running for 30+ years and a RPTV is almost guaranteed to have a problem whether it takes 5 years or 9 months, I'm a bit scared to drop $2k on one. For users who have used both technologies, what's your opinion? With some common sense and a bit of care will a RPTV last? Or is it just a matter of time and a stroke of bad luck before the inevidable problem occurs?