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Old 10-27-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Rating Flat Screen TV's

Does anybody know of a reliable web site that rates the reliability of the new flat screen digital tv's?

Of course, I'm asking because we had a very expensive TV go south on us after less than 2 years of use. The big, expensive brand-name set in the house died. The small no-name, cheap one for the Airstream is chugging along just fine. Figures, doesn't it? I don't want to make another costly mistake, so I'll do a little better research this time around. Anybody that has had good results (or bad for that matter) is welcome to chime in with their opinion. I'm really interested in long term results.

Here's a few of the details on the set that died. Magnavox 37" LCD digital/HD. Purchased 12-1-2006. Died about 10 days ago. Cost to repair is over $500. Cost new was $800. Always used with a good quality surge protector. The CATV connection also filtered thru the surge protector. One year warranty. Magnavox says "too bad". Jim says he doesn't want any more cheap Chinese crap.

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Old 10-27-2008, 10:26 PM   #2
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:50 PM   #3
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I read where a glut of production capability will push flat screen prices down by as much as 50% after the Thanksgiving weekend sales... We are waiting until then, but memorizing prices and differences now!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:54 PM   #4
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consumer Reports does a pretty good job... We have a sharp 52" lcd and love it... Sharp and sony seem to be the best right now.... but check out consumer Reports an online subscription is about $16 i think...
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Here's a few of the details on the set that died. Magnavox 37" LCD digital/HD. Purchased 12-1-2006. Died about 10 days ago. Jim
If you bought it on a credit card in most cases the warranty is doubled up to an additional year. That might work for you in this case.

Good luck.
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Thanks guys. I'll check these out tonight. No such luck with the credit card--already tried that angle. Turns out we used our debit card, not the credit card. Lesson learned, eh?

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Your comment on the Magnacrap set caused me to glance over at my set here next to my P.C. The one that I've had about 2 yrs. The one that has half a picture, the bottom half. No one has a head, including the rooster in the sleep aid comercial. Sure enough, Magnacrap. I will never make that mistake again.
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That's kinda why I was asking the question about "long term" reliability. I guess "long term" is a relative idea in this case because LCD TV's haven't really been around all that long. Our last set lasted 17 years. This one less than two.

You can't imagine how upset Susan and I are about this. It took me a very long time to make the $800 it cost to buy that TV. I truely feel like I've been robbed. And Magnavox's attitude was, "sorry, too bad". We try to be very careful where we spend our money. We're just middle class people trying to get by in life, we don't have an extra $800 every couple of years to buy a new TV.

There will be snow flakes in some very warm places before those alleged human beings get another dime of my money.

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We too made the mistake of buying a Magnacrap, nothing but trouble with it, have switched to Sony and love them, have three in the house and two in the Airstream, no problems with any of them..
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Samsung = another reliable brand

We have a Samsung combo TV/computer monitor that's going on 5 years in the trailer- it's an LCD 17" wide screen. (FYI - made in Korea)

Still a great picture, good sound. Out LCD computer monitors are also Samsung - the one I'm using now is going on 6 years & hasn't lost a pixel! Can't justify getting a newer, bigger monitor with such performance!

Our former CRT Sony TV's are both in use at our respective kid's homes - one TV is 16 years & the other 12 years old - still a great picture after all those years. (at that time, both TV's made in Japan)

We also have a 5 year old Sharp LCD TV (made in Taiwan) - also still going strong except it's developed a bit of a "color confusion" stripe on the left side of the picture. Did have to get some warranty work on it after 2 years when the sound went out on it - been working fine ever since.
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We try to look up ALL major purchases on Consumer's Report - that's Consumer's Report NOT Consumer's Digest. The Digest seems to give better evaluations to those companies that advertise in their magazines. Consumer's Report accepts NO advertising and they purchase all items they review. I honestly believe they do a much better job. We have only Sony and Samsung t'vs in our home and AS. Probably lucky but we like to think it's because we do our homework.
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We have a Samsung combo TV/computer monitor that's going on 5 years in the trailer- it's an LCD 17" wide screen. (FYI - made in Korea)

Still a great picture, good sound. Out LCD computer monitors are also Samsung - the one I'm using now is going on 6 years & hasn't lost a pixel! Can't justify getting a newer, bigger monitor with such performance!
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I've heard the same about Samsung flat screen TVs. I have a Samsung LCD PC monitor that is awesome. Maybe they hold up better because they have been in the LCD business for a quite a while. Can't speak personally for their TV's, but my Samsung P2 mp3 player went through the wash and still worked like new after drying out.
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I've too have become a fan of Samsung LCD panels. I have a Toshiba 40XF550U which is absolutely spectacular.

These days, it can be hard to determine which LCD panel is actually in a given TV -- even across different sizes of the same model.

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