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How long do you expect a decent TV to last

Poll ended at Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:12 pm

0-2 years
1
2%
2-3 years
1
2%
3-4 years
6
11%
4-5 years
9
17%
5-6 years
11
20%
6-10 years
13
24%
10+ years
13
24%
 
Total votes : 54

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Postby Grrrrrrr! » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:12 pm

I'm sure most of you have seen the CGA thread in off topic, so out of curiosity I decided to see how long the toyspeed populace thinks a new TV should last.

So to be clear the poll is asking if you bought the TV in the link below, at the advertised price of $1700, how long would you expect it to keep working in a normal household environment.

If you cant see the JB website, its a 60inch Sony Bravia Led LCD TV, full HD, freeview decoder built in, web browser etc. Pretty typical feature set IMO.

http://www.jbhifi.com.au/tv-lcd-led-plasma/sony/60-bravia-lcd-led-tv-sku-320166/
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Postby Sideros » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:27 pm

Sony, Samsung, Panasonic easily 10 years plus.
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Postby Bling » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:28 pm

5-6 years would be fine for me. 3 years and i'm already back looking for a bigger and better one :lol: If they died earlier, there wouldn't be garages full of CRT tvs waiting for their next job.
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Postby Sideros » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:30 pm

Oh... Well a TV to last before it breaks or before you get bored and want a newer bigger one? In that case I'd answer 2 years.
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Postby jacobrjett » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:31 pm

i voted 3-4 years, after this amount of time i would start to expect a loss in screen brightness, a bit more dull picture etc. sometimes a faulty connection point. the tv we have in our lounge is about 5 years old i think a 42" panasonic plasma, picture is faded a bit and the main HDMI point is faulty.

after 5-6 years i would expect some more problems like color tint/distortion etc.

generally enough time for you to think of it as an old piece of shit even when it was flash when you bought it though.
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Postby Grrrrrrr! » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:32 pm

Poll is for how long would you expect it to last before it breaks. ie, if it broke in less than X years you'd feel it was a dud.
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Postby Toby » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:32 pm

I wouldn't describe my environment as normal - I take good care of my toys.

I think things should last a long time when taken care of, I certainly wouldn't treat things badly and expect them to be replaced. When dealing with electronics and capacitors leaking you are looking at a potential lifespan of 10-15 years.

5 years seems to be a reasonable period when in a normal home environment for a TV, it could be expected to last longer but it's unfair to expect a manufacturer to cover it beyond a certain point.
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Postby Alex B » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:42 pm

I was in Noel Leeming today looking for a TV for the grandmother and was advised not to go LCD because they only last 10 years....where LED lasted longer.
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Postby pc » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:32 pm

10 years at least. TVs are a solid state device (no moving parts) and they would have faulty components if they die within a few years.

My CRT TVs have lasted 18-20 years so far and no problems with them yet.

disclaimer: I'm assuming some form of surge protection on the equipment.
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Postby DeeCee » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:31 pm

My Samsung 40" LED developed a problem in 15 months from purchase @ Noel Leemings. I have been waiting for 5 weeks for it to be fixed under CGA.

Samsung state in their warranty that TVs are covered for a period of 12 months. Interestingly enough, the salesperson I was dealing with asked about whether I had bought extended cover and then upon saying no said it was most likely covered under CGA.

They know their position on the matter and will hop to it with extended cover or dawdle with a repair under CGA as in my case it seems. I had to call them after 4 weeks to check the status - 'oh they haven't looked at it yet'..

Of note, they did ask whether it was 32" and above. I guess there for the smaller TV's they won't bother trying to repair the units and will replace directly?

And I said 3-4 years on product life. We live in a very disposable culture and it's more than likely people would upgrade equipment 4 years and older due to technological advancement in most cases.

Its a lifespan I put on my PCs at a minimum. After 4 odd years, its time to open the wallet again to spend on medium level equipment which will last that 4 year period.
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Postby tsoob » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:42 pm

I reckon 4-5 years, by then the tech is so much better that you dont really want to keep it much longer anyway,, I got a LED about this time last year and have hardly even turned it on.
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Postby Bling » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:55 pm

I had extended warranty on a TV a while back (not my call) it was picked up and fixed within a week when I had a problem with it. Couldn't fault that!
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Postby spoonza6 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:59 pm

As long as the manufacturers warranty is for.
They built it, they know how long it's supposed to last so they whack on warranty for the time they think is necessary.

TVs are becoming like computers, but one and next gen comes out.

For myself, I'm going to sit on what I got or buy something second hand and wait, then spend money on a 4K HD tv
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Postby dnalunchie » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:02 pm

I ticked 4-5 years. The 640 is a decent tv.
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Postby Bling » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:35 pm

spoonza6 wrote:As long as the manufacturers warranty is for.
They built it, they know how long it's supposed to last so they whack on warranty for the time they think is necessary.


Not sure about that. Companies save money by reducing their warranty lengths on products. If they could get away with no warranty, some probably would :wink:
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Postby Sideros » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:08 pm

At work we give a 10 year warranty on a product we know 99% will last 40 years. Incase something happens you don't want to worry about it 20 years later. I'd think about a 1/4 of life span for warranty would be right. E.g. 2 year warranty on tv the manufacturer would assume tv would actually last 8 years or more before serious degradation in picture quality.
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Postby Grrrrrrr! » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:19 pm

Heh, we give one year warranty, and I expect our systems will still be running in 20+years.
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Postby Mr Ree » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:45 am

10 years without a doubt.

If every CRT screen I have ever owned is still trucking along 10, 15, 20 + years later, there is no reason the newer tech flat panels should not be reasonably expected to last the same.

Just becuase there are newer models coming out does not make something obsolete. Likewise, just because some people just feel they have to have the latest model of everything, that should have no bearing on how long you think something should funtion for.
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Postby steroidcontaskie » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:34 pm

I had a conversation with a TV repair man a few years ago when my plasma was on the blink.

He said that if your TV is made in China, then 1-3 year. Something about the capacitor electrolyte solution being crappy.

He also said that if the TV was made in Japan, it was probably made properly and you would be looking at 10-20 years.

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