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Plasma/LCD life

by nadeemabdul12 / January 24, 2006 10:38 AM PST

does anybody know what is plasma and LCDs. Do u think one can get by without extended warranty with LCD

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Advertised life. . .
by Coryphaeus / January 24, 2006 10:30 PM PST
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on plasmas and LCD flat panel runs around 60,000 hours. These TVs have a measurement called Half Bright Life. This means that after this time you may have to turn the brightness up. This measurement is based on 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. Figure about 20 years.

Due to the cost of the larger TVs I consider them an investment. Insure an investment. Anything can go wrong. And you haven't lived until you try to convince Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, etc. that your broken TV is still in warranty.


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posted a LOT!!!
by jcrobso / January 25, 2006 12:31 AM PST
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The backlamps in LCD TVs are one area that has a lot of mystery about it.
How long do they realy last??? How easy are they to replace??? Can they be replaced??? How much $$$$$ to replaced???? Are covered under warrenties???
To this day I have never been able to ANY good answers to the above questions. But there is a lot of FUD out there.
So when I started lookng to buy a HDTV, flat pannel LCDs were not on my list.
At least with RP-DLPs, RP-LCD and RP-LCoS TVs the user can easly replace the the $300 lamp. John

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always ask for it in writing
by masterying01 / January 25, 2006 2:36 PM PST
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NEVER listen and trust what the salesmen has to say about their extended warrenties. always ask them to point it out in writing...and if its not there, dont trust them.

some warrenties just extend the manufactorer's warrenty which a lot of times doesnt mean much. others are inhome service which covers wear and tear. others cover powersurges but NOT act of god (lightning stricking your back yard). if the tv can't be fix, some will give you a replacement of the RETAILER's choice, while others will give you your money back in store credit to get a new tv. some are inhome service, others are carry in. personally, i will get a plasma or lcd, get the warrenty, leave the tv on all the time and abuse the hell out of the warrenty. if i'm paying another $300+...i'm gonna make sure i'll take advantage of it.

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