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Old 03-27-2017, 09:11 AM
 
Location: plano
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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.
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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Most LCD/LED tvs will last a long time. I have an LG that is going on 8 or 9 yrs old as well as a Sony going on 7yrs. electronics nowadays work until they dont. That can be 20yrs or 2 months. It is just the nature of things today. As a rule though they have no moving parts and thus never "wear out".
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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We have a tv purchased from costco 6 years ago that works great, no issues.
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:16 AM
 
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Power supplies are the main issues in TVs nowadays. Honestly.. They have been all along.

One of the best things you can do is pick up a TV that has an external power brick, not one that has it on a board inside the TV. Because, if that power brick fails, it's a user replaceable part.

I also recommend picking up a nice APC battery backup. And I'm not talking the $40 models.. Something like this. https://www.amazon.com/APC-Back-UPS-.../dp/B003Y24DEU

Putting that on the line isn't going to protect you from a direct strike most likely, but the transient over/undervolt conditions won't be a problem.

Samsung, about 5 years ago, had a real problem with capacitors.. They used the wrong rating and they blew out. And if you had it repaired under warranty.. They replaced them with the same wrong rated caps.

Some people even sell the kits for them. https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Plasm.../dp/B0044J4U2W
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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The companies don't make any money on long lasting TV's.
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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The companies don't make any money on long lasting TV's.
But I think another factor is that people are more inclined now to want to upgrade when new technology comes along.
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I have a Toshiba TV I bought in 2002. It's still going strong. I'd take a chance on another Toshiba when this one finally dies.
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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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.
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:50 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I bought my first TV in 1988 (Toshiba). It stopped turning on in 1993. My next TV (Mitsubishi) lasted until 1999. Same thing happened: just didn't turn on anymore. The next TV (RCA) was still working when I bought a flatscreen in 2009 (Samsung). I wonder if I should have kept the RCA.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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But I think another factor is that people are more inclined now to want to upgrade when new technology comes along.
True. Just like cell phones.
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