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Life expectancy: lcd or plasma

by pshea1949 / January 16, 2008 8:46 AM PST

I am trying to determine which technology will last longest under heavy, regular use. Also, which has the best repair record?
Thanks for your help,

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by HTHMAN / January 16, 2008 9:19 AM PST

Both plasma and LCDs claim about 60,000 hours of life. Divide that by the number of hours you are going to have it on a day and you can estimate the number of years it will last. Check out Consumer Reports for frequency of repair records for most major brands.

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by Riverledge / January 16, 2008 9:22 AM PST

IF YOUR LOOKING FOR THE FEWEST REPAIRS DON'T BOTHER WITH DLP OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF Rear-Projection models (lots of bulb replacements needed over a 15 year period.)

For non-mainstream (off brands) including plasmas and LCDs don't count on anything!!!


Best shopping,


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by lilsim89 / January 16, 2008 3:09 PM PST

DLP televisions with the new PhlatLight(tm) LEDs are 'said' to last as long as the television without replacement, a far cry from 15 years. Other than that exception, I agree about RP sets being high-maintenance.

From what I understand, Panasonic is one of the most dependable brands, along with Sony, Samsung, and Toshiba.

LCDs, in general, require very little maintenance and have a pretty good dependability rating vs. similar plasmas.

You don't always get what you pay for when it comes to TV sets. Some people pay much, much more than they should thinking that the exorbitant price must directly correlate to a long and wallet-friendly future. That's not always the case.

I suggest that you find a few LCDs and Plasmas that fit the criteria that you need (screen size, panel size, etc.,) then do some research on those set from great user review sites like's and CNet for expert reviews and advice.

Hope that helps,

Simon S.

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by jostenmeat / January 16, 2008 10:08 AM PST

my own take: Id expect the plasmas to do better in the long run, if only because they've been around longer. Panasonic is on their 10th/11th generation or something already? However, as time passes, Im sure LCD will be right up there in reliability. Im just not sure if they are quite yet. Also, at any given comparable Picture Quality between a plasma and LCD, the LCD will always be more expensive at the moment, and so the repair costs are probably greater as well. (but can't say that for sure... but wouldnt that make sense?)

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