Originally Posted by joehonest
Everyone I knew who has owned a Toshiba LCD has had troubles and failures. The lower toshiba price sucks you in, so you get burned once and than you spend afew dollars more on better brands. Sure there are some winners, but most toshiba lcds turn out tobe duds for the masses who shop by price.. Just check out CL there is a much higher % of toshiba LCDs sold for parts/as-is.
Can you mention what Toshiba models they were? Most Toshiba flat-panel TVs sold were NOT made by Toshiba, so that's why they were having problems. Toshiba only makes the high-end, expensive models, no more than four models per year. Toshiba's low prices suck you in because they are outsourced with cheaper labor, and so they break.
And the good, brand name and previous experience encourage consumers to put them in their shopping carts, only to be fooled at the end.
The 50-year consumer electronics average reliability curve, since 1960, shows that Toshiba is actually rated second (#2) most-reliable OEM electronic manufacturer in the world. Outsourced models are NOT factored in data.
This data was provided by Consumer Reports and Electronics Magazine since the last 50 years, based on total number of owners reported a problem. They are ranked in order.
1. Panasonic/Quasar2. Toshiba
17. Curtis Mathes
21. RCA/GE/ProScan/Thomson (the worst)
Toshiba is still a very reliable brand if the products are manufactured and designed by Toshiba themselves, but they are getting harder to find every year.