I don't have anything against you lilsim and I don't want to give the impression that I'm arguing with you, but those links hardly prove anything to me about DLPs reliability. The last link that you referred to as saying that DLPs are one of the most reliable was to a site that was touting the benefits of LED DLPs, which we are not talking about here (LED DLPs have no color wheel) and another was obviously on another planet when saying things like DLP is vastly superior to LCDs in many ways and went on to talk about many aspects of PQ. Now I am not saying that LCD is the end all and be all of TV technologies, they all have their own strengths and weaknesses, but let's be real. I frequent many sites that review tech besides this one. If DLP is so vastly superior to LCD, where are all, forget all, any DLPs that have won Editor's choice awards (and I don't mean over a year ago) or scored higher than the top LCDs out there. Right there, that site has red flags.
And no I don't agree that plasmas and reliability are two words that don't go together yet, nor am I saying that they are. What I am saying is this, for what ever reason there is a lot of disinformation on plasma TVs. I have encountered this and I am sure that most people on this site have, where you go to a store looking at a plasma and the salesperson basically tells you that you can get typhoid from one and steers you to an LCD. Or, when you speak someone, a friend or a blogger or whoever, about buying a plasma and they tell you that plasmas are garbage. They last only a year and then you have to take them to the gas station to fill them up. If you use them above sea level they explode. Or what ever other crazy wives' tale they heard and ran with it and embellished it even more. My point is, how much of the problems that we hear about PDP's is actual? I don't know. The fact that every expert that I know has a Pioneer as the top rated TV period, and most people in the film industry stand behind it, makes me wonder though. Obviously reviewers are not concerned with the maintenance aspect (or at least I would guess not much so), so I know that that in and of itself means little, but I have to at least consider that as much as anything else.
Also, even though plasma is a very old tech, it is new in the sense of it being a mass consumer entity. Any commentary that I have on plasmas reliability extends only to the more recent iterations.
I don't have any links to go to that say that DLPs break down all the time. If I did, it would most likely be a small sampling, or have some kind of bias anyway. Going by customer reviews or issue postings is also not a good measure either. Most people that create threads have a problem with something. Very few people will create a thread to talk about how great their product is so I fully expect to see issues on a blog. Counting how many posts of issues of a given technology also proves little. Maybe there are more owners of a given tech than another.
To make an extremely long story somewhat shorter (or longer lol) I never said that DLPs are definitely more a hassle than LCD or plasma. All I am saying is that I am skeptical about a claim that a TV with moving parts would not require, on average, more maintenance than one that doesn't. All TV tech could have problems, but the moving parts is an added problem that only DLP has. Whether a color wheel breaking or slowing down could be easily fixed or replaced is not the point. It would still mean that it needs maintenance. And the whole point of the author's thread is what TV tech requires the least maintenance, not which one will slowly biodegrade over many years time while sitting idle.
If I sound condescending, I don't mean to be. As I said I have nothing against you and welcome discussions with you or anyone else. Talking tech is something I love to do. As I said I openly admit not being a big fan of DLP. Not that I don't think that some models have excellent PQ, and great black levels. I just don't think that in my opinion (and many experts opinions as evidenced by their scores) that they are on the very best that's out there. It also irks me for some reason that they refer to their sets as 1080p when they really are not (all DLPs are actually 960x1080 resolution, the horizontal lines are doubled through a process known as wobulation, sorry it's true, but hey if it works it works I guess) and the fact they have... ahem... moving parts in them, well let's just say that I am less than enthused.
But I do welcome your comments no matter how misguided they may be. That was a joke. It is Friday afterall