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Plasmas - reliability, life expectancy

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by prusling, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. prusling

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    I'm thinking of taking the plunge soon (probably a Panasonic).

    I realise that its early days yet, but does anyone have views on likely reliability. Warranties after the first year seem to cost a fortune, which doesn't bode well...

    What is the life expectancy of the technology used?

    Thanks, Peter
     
  2. jmack

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    i had 2 bad philips
    but the toshiba i have now is great and it come with a 2 year warranty
    some warranties are different though some in home some return to base.
    i did not buy extra warranty as the house insurance covers damage.
    and no warranty that i know covers screen burn
    and in 2 years i will hopefully be upgrading
    alot of the worry is taking away if you know you got a good dealer?
    i think the life expectancy is down too screen brightness they vary from 10,000 to 30,000 hours before half brighness,
    but you dont have it set to full brightness anyway or i dont.
    so i think it should be longer.
    each genaration of screens is getting better and better so get the latest you can afford,
     
  3. snyphr

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    Plasma life expectancy is about 12-15 years!!

    Apart from pixel burnout*. Just think of it as a TV, it will loose the brightness over the years but you'll not notice for a while (min. 5 years) unless your using the set for 15-18 hours a day (min. 3 years).

    As far as extended warranty, on a plasma, is concerned, I suggest that you give the insurance companies a call and see exactly what they do and don't cover. I don't think you get the new for old scheme on them, it's just the parts and labour and they charge around £500 for that!

    *Pixel burnout tollerance = 8 pixels anywhere on the screen, even out of the box is tolerated by the manufacturer. Sore subject for me.....:eek:
     

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