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Old 17-11-2012, 13:05
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Mines coming up to 5 years old now, anyone know the life of an LCD tv? I've been tempted to change mine as the panel is looking a bit blotchy but I think that was down to being made bad, I can live with it but you do notice on moving live pictures.

Has anyone's tv gone or have you replaced yours within a few years?
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Old 17-11-2012, 16:05
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Mines coming up to 5 years old now, anyone know the life of an LCD tv? I've been tempted to change mine as the panel is looking a bit blotchy but I think that was down to being made bad, I can live with it but you do notice on moving live pictures.
There's no set 'life', just as there wasn't on CRT sets, the manufacturers estimates only refer to the loss of brightness over time, and most sets will have been scrapped long before that theoretical point is reached.

It's unlikely to be 'made bad', FAR more likely is dust/dirt inside the LCD screen - it's a reasonably common 'fault'


Has anyone's tv gone or have you replaced yours within a few years?
Plenty of sets don't make 5 years, particularly the cheap (and cheaply made) ones.

To be fair, yours would probably be considered 'knackered' due to the blotchy screen, but if it's not under multi-year warranty it's more likely to be 'put up with'
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Old 19-11-2012, 17:25
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Toshiba 37WLT66 LCD from 2006 still going strong with no signs of any screen issues
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Old 19-11-2012, 18:19
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I'm still using my Thomson CRT which I purchased over 15 years ago . Picture quality is excellent, just like when I bought it.
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Old 19-11-2012, 18:38
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Plenty of sets don't make 5 years, particularly the cheap (and cheaply made) ones.
Largely due to poor capacitors. And people like me get them for free or cheap, and fix them, giving them a new lease of life.
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Old 19-11-2012, 22:44
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7 Year old Samsung still going strong with a very decent picture.....
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Old 19-11-2012, 22:51
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Cheap LCD tv in my bedroom is 8 years old, though I don't use it much.

Samsung LCD PC monitor (similar to a TV) which gets plenty of use every day still 100% after 10 years - it was expensive when new though.
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Old 22-11-2012, 15:42
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My Panasonic HD ready plasma was 7 years old in July 2012 and still performs well.
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Old 22-11-2012, 16:22
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My Samsung LCD is 6 -7 years old and looks as good as ever, probably breakdown now I've said that.
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Old 24-11-2012, 17:33
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My Samsung reached the grand old age of 7 months, and went wrong tonight. The one before that was at least a year old when it died. Begining to think Samsung may not be the way foward...
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Old 24-11-2012, 18:27
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My Samsung reached the grand old age of 7 months, and went wrong tonight. The one before that was at least a year old when it died. Begining to think Samsung may not be the way foward...
Maybe it's just you........................
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Old 24-11-2012, 18:54
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My Samsung reached the grand old age of 7 months, and went wrong tonight. The one before that was at least a year old when it died. Begining to think Samsung may not be the way foward...
Having repaired many Samsung tv's, they are in my opinion just humble ordinary sets, in much the same category as supermarket sets. They continue to use rubbish capacitors for instance.

for some reason I have never figured out yet, people think of them as premium products and pay more for them.
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Old 24-11-2012, 19:34
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for some reason I have never figured out yet, people think of them as premium products and pay more for them.
They tend to be nice and shiny
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Old 24-11-2012, 22:07
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Having repaired many Samsung tv's, they are in my opinion just humble ordinary sets, in much the same category as supermarket sets. They continue to use rubbish capacitors for instance.

for some reason I have never figured out yet, people think of them as premium products and pay more for them.
It would be interesting to see the global percentages for returns/repairs of the different manufacturers. I guess the more you sell the more you will see in the repair shop. That alone though does not mean a lot without the failure percentage for global sales.....
I don't believe there is a 'premium' manufacturer out there and they are all fairly average. I can find horror stories for all the manufacturers without trying too hard....

I was waiting for 4K sets to come to the masses, but, with the announcement of 8K's I'm getting very frustrated......
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Old 25-11-2012, 09:59
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They tend to be nice and shiny
And people think that's GOOD?

I much prefer my older JVC set with a matt screen finish and matt black cabinet. No annoying reflections. I'm in no hurry to change it.

I hate the shiny black surrounds that seem "the thing" at the moment. They give horrible distracting reflections of anything bright in the room. Worse still, some set's I've installed even seem to have shiny screen surfaces and you get the horrible reflections on your screen.

Once more a triumph of marketing or "trend" over practicality.
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Old 25-11-2012, 20:16
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I bought a Samsung LCD 32" it worked fine for a year and a half now I get a scrolling ghost screen on top of the original picture the ghost scroll is the same as the original picture. I have an LG works great for the last 6yrs. Maybe Samsung is losing its touch. If you have a suggestion as to how to fix it besides junk it I would really appreciate it
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Old 25-11-2012, 22:45
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They tend to be nice and shiny
And they tend to have great picture quality and features.

It's a pity if their reliability doesn't measure up to that.
Mine is just over 3 years old, with no sign of problems.
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Old 25-11-2012, 22:52
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my 32 Inch CRT TV lost colour and turned totally pink after 8 years, this gave me a good excuse to buy a 46inch samsung LED TV, and did.
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Old 25-11-2012, 22:59
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And they tend to have great picture quality and features.

It's a pity if their reliability doesn't measure up to that.
Mine is just over 3 years old, with no sign of problems.
Well my father's Sony 32" has just expired after 18 months (bad capacitors), so this isn't limited to Samsung.

He's having a right go at me as I suggested Sony/Panasonic as a way of keeping him out of my hair

Still, hopefully it should be a cheap fix

I have to confess I'm stunned -- I have not seen a TV fail this early in recent years, and for it to be a top Japanese one as well is something I can't quite fathom.
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Old 26-11-2012, 08:44
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Well my father's Sony 32" has just expired after 18 months (bad capacitors), so this isn't limited to Samsung.
Are you sure it's bad capacitors? - I've not seen any Sony TV's with poor quality capacitors fitted.

FAR, FAR more likely it's something else.

What model is it?, and what is the actual fault?.
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Old 26-11-2012, 11:35
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I am not sure of the exact model, but it was bought in early 2011.

The set will not come out of standby. My father has had the back off it and seems to think that two of the power supply capacitors are bulged (I haven't seen it yet).
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Old 26-11-2012, 12:36
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I am not sure of the exact model, but it was bought in early 2011.

The set will not come out of standby. My father has had the back off it and seems to think that two of the power supply capacitors are bulged (I haven't seen it yet).
It depends what he means by 'bulging', some capacitors have slightly domed tops, which could confuse someone who wasn't an engineer.

'Stuck in standby' is fairly uncommon for Sony TV's, usually the red LED will flash a specific number of times as an error code.
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