Man! 30000 hours. Not that I'm surprised. This shows how misinformed people are about plasma. I have a Sony plasma that has about 25000 hours, it's my bedroom set now, that will not die. I'll probably have to put a mob hit on it.
I just sold an older Pio plasma that I had for 10+ years. It had over 32,000 hours of viewing time and it was still working OK. Just so you know, the "early" plasmas were rated for apx 20,000 hrs (to half-brightness) so mine performed very well indeed!
But so that you know the whole story, the plasma (viewing a white screen) was NOT uniform after that many operating hours. The left and right sides of the screen were 'different' shades of white . . . sort of blue-green color giving a white screen a 'tint' in the 4:3 area. This shows that early plasmas can get permanent IR changes from viewing 4:3 material w/o gray side-panels after 10 years..
Yes, the chips will do fine but the capacitors will dry up and cause power supply failures. That's the difference between a Pio and Panny b/c of the better parts that Pio used. But my Pio was $10,000 at the time . . .so it should be built to last.
Regards . . . Jim
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Meh, i was a hardcore Sony enthusiast for many years, but then my 1990 $1,200 27" Trinitron blew it's power supply in 1992, then in 1993 it blew a video board. All of my other Sony stuff from the early 80's through the early 90''s was similarly short lived as well so i now avoid the brand as much as possible. It's a pity - they used to be the best but those days are long gone.
When Sony was making Plasma TVs, they were very unreliable, expensive to repair, and failed so much that the supplies of replacement parts started drying up within a year or two of the TV's release. Part of that problem was that they sourced the Plasma panel module from Samsung though.
I don't expect much out of modern electronics nowadays no matter how good the manufacturer's reliability record is - i supply quality name brand electronic components to electrical and low voltage contractors and the failure rate on just about everything seems to be around 5%. When i talk to my technician friends at the BMW dealerships they say the vast majority of warranty repairs in their service bays are electronic failures, not mechanical like in the old days.
Sony 55W800B, Panasonic TC-P55ST60, TiVo Series3 & Premiere, TWC Cisco 8742HDC DVR, Onkyo TX-SR333 AVR, URC MX-780, R40, MX-450, MX-500 Remotes.
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Gallery - http://www.avsforum.com/g/a/2082686/randywalter...
27" KV-27FS13 After about 5 years it developed a nasty convergence error in upper half of screen, uncorrectable in service menu.
32" 32HS510 Lasted 3 1/2 years then the "B" board went out, wouldn't turn on anymore and shop wanted a lot of money to fix.
34" 34XBR960 Going on 6 1/2 years and still works fine, Great picture.
PC monitors (Sony as well):
19" G400 Latest about 6 years and then failed to power on, I guess that's not a terrible lifespan.
21" G520P Lasted a little over 3 years and then failed to turn on anymore ,screen was starting to have a red tint a few months before the failure.
24" FW900 Lasted 8 years and then flyback transformer failed and possibly other damage during the failure (It made some pretty nasty sounds), I still haven't found a modern PC LCD that I like better than this one, excellent CRT all around.
Anyhow currently my main TV is a Pioneer Kuro 5080HD Plasma going on 4 years & 6 months @ 18,644 hours and still working great .