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post #1 of 2 Old 09-22-2013, 06:07 AM - Thread Starter
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My daughter's 50" 720P Panasonic died one day about 1.5 years ago. It was a no brainer to buy a new set as it was only $150 more than repairing.

However, my Sammy PN58B650 died(pop, burn smell, clicking and blinking red light) and since it cost $2400 in 2009 and probably $1500 to buy a similar new one, the answer isn't as simple. I was just curious as to want others are doing and what were the circumstances? Any help from manufacturers who use these cheap parts.
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All modern plasmas seem to have reliability issues, though it's probably related to the "bathtub curve".

As far as fixing TVs, with a digital multimeter 90% of faults can be identified down to the board level and repaired for less than $100. Basic troubleshooting skills are useful, but need not apply specifically to TVs.
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