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Old 07-04-2017, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Johnhw2 View Post
In the last couple of years I replaced all my TV sets after 15 to 20 years of live on older TVs. I bought 3 different Samsung TVs. One purchased most recently at Costco is failing already after less than a year. Does anyone still make a long lasting TV? I had a Sony which worked great for a long time is there TV still made to last? I get that TVs are cheap now but the hassle of replacing them this quick is not something I like. Any advice? I would gladly play three times the price of these cheap TVs to get one that would last.. I don't need the latest features just a TV with sound and picture that is reliable long term.

On LCD and LED flat panels, go into your picture menu and one or the other of the following:

Set Picture Mode to 'Movie' or 'Cinema'


Lower the setting 'Back Light' from the max setting it is typically set to at factory, to halfway or two thirds of max.

That alone should add some years to the devices's lifespan.

9 out of 10 flat panel TV owners don't even know a menu *exists*, let alone goes into it and explores it.
No wonder they suffer eyestrain or their TVs last only 3 or so years.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:10 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Originally Posted by craig11152 View Post
My first go at a Hi Def flat screen was a Westinghouse...a mistake. It died under warranty but I had to ship it away and wait 6 weeks. They sent me a replacement that was re-manufactured I think. It lasted a year and died. Both were LCD's. Now I have a Samsung plasma I got it about 3 years ago and so far so good. Not long after the last of the plasma makers gave up I think.
Don't get me started on Westinghouse TVs. There is a Facebook page devoted to them:


When we finally got a refund on ours, we bought a Panasonic from Costco, with the 5 year warranty for only $45. That ensures it will last 5 years, and by then the technology will be better.
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