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19yo Plasma Panel
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Post# 1129859   9/28/2021 at 21:40 (433 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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9/28/2002, purchase anniversary today. Streaming Netflix.

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Post# 1129865 , Reply# 1   9/28/2021 at 23:47 (433 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Congrats on the longevity of your plasma panel. Im glad Im not the only one who likes to see a major purchase last many years. I bought a 36 Sony trinitron tube tv in December of 2003. The salesperson at the time told me that I wouldnt be happy with it but it has suited me just fine for almost 18 years without a single issue.

Post# 1129892 , Reply# 2   9/29/2021 at 08:08 (432 days old) by ViewSaver (N. Central Illinois)        

I don't even want to know how much that 36" Sony weighs. I had a friend with one but I do not believe it was quite that large, maybe 30" or 32"? Regardless, it was HEAVY! I was amazed the entertainment center didn't collapse...

Post# 1129895 , Reply# 3   9/29/2021 at 10:13 (432 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I have a 2007 40" Sony LCD TV that is in mint shape and works perfectly. It even has an analog tuner if you want to run old channel 3 NTSC signals into it.

The rub is it uses WAY too much power and the single HDMI connection isn't adjustable for overscanning so a new $400 43" Samsung 4K sits in its place now. While I can appreciate good build quality and longevity, technology has badly obsoleted this TV for me. I'd take $50 for it if someone could use it.

I am pleased that my neighbors Plasma TV finally was replaced, I grew tired of listening to it on 1.800Mhz. Even with RFI filtering on the power cord and common mode chokes on all the cables exiting it I could still tell when it was on.

Post# 1129904 , Reply# 4   9/29/2021 at 14:23 (432 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Chris it is a monster. Its been sitting in the same spot since February 2004 and I remember it like to killed me and a buddy of mine when we put it there.

Post# 1129950 , Reply# 5   9/29/2021 at 22:47 (432 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Glad to see it's still working well, proper plasma levels have been maintained fastidiously.  Never let them run dry.

Post# 1129972 , Reply# 6   9/30/2021 at 07:41 (431 days old) by ViewSaver (N. Central Illinois)        

kb0nes - I've not been active for years now due to the absolute proliferation of RFI from just about everything in the home. LED and CFL lamps, every cheap chinesium switching power supply, touch lamps, etc. etc. It leaks out of the houses on the wires to the pole and turns the entire neighborhood into a sea of RF trash. It really takes the fun out of it.


Post# 1129975 , Reply# 7   9/30/2021 at 08:48 (431 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        

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how about our 1966 Zenith 21" color TV, last of the "roundie" screen models. All hand wired and all original except for caps replaced, and still works great... yes, the Quality went in, and the Name is still on!

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Post# 1130000 , Reply# 8   9/30/2021 at 14:03 (431 days old) by bewitched (Italy)        

I would give all the plasmas, leds, oleds smart or not of all the world to have the chance to watch daily tv on a wonderful Zenith roundie. After all is just a matter of watching on a proper television.

Post# 1130005 , Reply# 9   9/30/2021 at 15:19 (431 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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ViewSaver - Chris, I hear you on the noise pollution thing, there is no doubt that the populated world is WAS noisier than it once was. It isn't enough to make me stop playing radio though. Narrowband modes (CW mostly) and some modern DSP tricks can help a lot.

It reminds me of issues of one of my other hobbies, Astronomy. I don't even bother using my 8" and larger scopes at home (15 miles South of Minneapolis). The man made noise (light) is just too prevalent until you drive out to the country. I have a friend that bought a hobby farm and I'm crazy jealous of both the light pollution and RF noise floor at his place. 73 and hope you get active again!

As for TV's while I do love nostalgia, I sure can't fathom the idea of actually watching SD NTSC today.

Post# 1130032 , Reply# 10   9/30/2021 at 18:20 (431 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        
Plasma Fluid

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I found a really good deal for fluid on eBay a couple years ago, package deal of all three colors! The sale said "last one."

Post# 1130050 , Reply# 11   9/30/2021 at 22:49 (431 days old) by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

Its a pity that Panasonic has given up competing in the TV world, due to the flood of low priced units.

We brought out new Panasonic OLED in 2019 to replace our 2012 plasma that has moved into the bedroom. That OLED was the first time we'd found something with the picture quality that our plasma had, all without also being a space heater. Our original 2005 Panasonic LCD TV is still doing Games duty for a friends kids, occasionally the Fluro backlight has trouble starting, but the kids just turn the power off and on again and away it goes.

In 2020 here Panasonic withdrew from the TV market (I believe they left the US Sooner) There is now talk of Sony withdrawing as well, as the market is non competitive with the cheap Chinese imports.

Post# 1130378 , Reply# 12   10/4/2021 at 17:34 (427 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
that '66 Zenith is 55 years old...

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does anyone think ANY of today's flat screen, plasma, OLED, &c &c sets will still be functioning in 55 years? It's a blast to watch old VHS tapes and other analog signal sources on an old 20Y1C48. Nothing like it, it's sorta like like driving our '69 Olds, a very different experience.

Post# 1130381 , Reply# 13   10/4/2021 at 17:59 (427 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
'82 Zenith my VHS (and CED disc) set

big 'ol "space command" 1970s style console still going strong-fun to play an RCA Selectavision disc on occaision,'82 player atop the set :)2005 Panasonic plasma my oldest "modern"TV. '61 Magnavox still going decent,but could benefit from a restoration :)

Post# 1130426 , Reply# 14   10/5/2021 at 07:47 (426 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
How about a 20 YO Rear Projection 52" Sony

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It has never missed a beat, all my friends make fun of me for not getting a new flat screen, and I will one day but I don't currently watch much TV.

I would bet that many flat screen TVs will be going strong in 50+ years far more in fact than late 60s color TVs, but I may not be around to collect on that bet, LOL

John L.

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Post# 1130436 , Reply# 15   10/5/2021 at 10:02 (426 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Always had good service

from Panasonic electronics.

Post# 1130481 , Reply# 16   10/5/2021 at 19:57 (426 days old) by SudsMaster (California)        

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I got a Vizio 42" LED TV about 12 years ago. It finally gave out about a year ago and I replaced it with a 55" Sanyo, which is more energy efficient to boot. The Vizio might be repairable with a capacitor replacement; at least that was my impression after googling it a bit. Apparently capacitors are the Achilles heel of modern electronics.

I still have a 27" Sony Trinitron I got in the 1990s, that still works. Go figure.

Post# 1130488 , Reply# 17   10/5/2021 at 21:35 (426 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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I have a 27" Magnavox in the bedroom that is tagged "Manufactured in Greenville TN, October 1987." Works nicely for General Hospital and Wheel of Fortune, and rare use of the Roku.

Post# 1160613 , Reply# 18   9/28/2022 at 23:58 by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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My plasma panel is 20yo today. I thought some months ago that either it or the HDMI --> component converter box had gone bad but investigation found that the accessory multiple-input switcher box was the problem (mechanical buttons faulty). I only ever anymore run the LG BluRay on it (DVDs, Netflix, YouTube, and .mp3s on a USB thumbdrive) so the switcher box is now removed.

The bedroom Magnavox CRT referenced above is retired for a Hisense LCD Smart TV. Its Android operating system can be flaky and its onboard speakers aren't nice but it's workable-enough for GH on ABC, Dark Shadows on Tubi, occasionally TPIR on CBS, etc.

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Post# 1160629 , Reply# 19   9/29/2022 at 06:29 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Panasonic has been known to make among the longest lasting products arouhd, but plasma's usually don't last that long.
I think our Philips 37 inch LCD is about 15 years old.

Post# 1161202 , Reply# 20   10/5/2022 at 21:21 by SudsMaster (California)        

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I'm pretty happy with my Samsung UN50TU7000 "Crystal UHD" 50" TV. The picture quality is, IMHO, excellent, as is the sound. There may be other more pricey versions available from Samsung, with better performance in brightly lit rooms, but I'm more than satisfied with this unit in my living room. I got it a couple three years ago and have no complaints, other than that the remote doesn't include a backlight. Oh well, that's why I have a floor lamp next to the recliner!



Post# 1161367 , Reply# 21   10/8/2022 at 17:02 by WhiteWhiskers (Silicon Valley, California)        
Plasma looks great

Bought my Panasonic Plasma in 2010 at Costco. I estimate that there are only 40 hours of viewing time on the thing. Once I got it, went to the trouble of running coax through the attic to the bedroom, only to find I wasn't that interested in watching broadcast TV. Hooked up a spare Roku a few years later, only to not watch it at all. Now it just collects dust. I plugged it in today and it still displays an excellent picture. The only glitch is the ethernet refuses to pull an IP from my router. I don't know if a fault has developed or it's because the Viera Cast service was discontinued by Panasonic. It was never that great in the first place.


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Post# 1161382 , Reply# 22   10/8/2022 at 20:40 by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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My panel is too old to have network features. It's only a display, no tuner, has composite, S-video, component, PC. No SPDIF, TosLink, HDMI, ethernet, or USB. L-R audio inputs/outputs and an onboard amplifier with accessory L-R speaker connectors (which I've never used).

Post# 1161431 , Reply# 23   10/9/2022 at 09:55 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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The Sony will be 19 in December.

Post# 1161486 , Reply# 24   10/10/2022 at 08:18 by WhiteWhiskers (Silicon Valley, California)        
Cumulative Power On Time

I found the service manual for my plasma TV, put the TV in Service Mode, and retrieved the Power On Time data. 526 hours and 2715 power cycles. Also took some pictures of various Blu-ray movies. Still impressive and looks plasma great.

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Post# 1161514 , Reply# 25   10/10/2022 at 16:55 by SudsMaster (California)        

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The Visio flat panel I have hanging over the fireplace must be a plasma unit. It went out a few years ago, so I replaced it with a much larger Samsung LED unit. The Samsung works fine. I left the Vizio up on the wall, The Samsung sits on a table in front of the fireplace. Eventually I'll get around to taking the Vizio down and putting the Samsung up in its place.


Actually I'm not 100% sure the Vizio is a plasma unit... but seems more than likely it is.


And so it goes.


Post# 1161571 , Reply# 26   10/11/2022 at 14:46 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I meant that our

15 year old Samsung is an early LED smart tv, not LCD.

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