Originally Posted by David_B
Actually I read 5 A/V forums, and all of them have at least a 1:4 ratio of Samsung to Panasonic problems.
Not a very small sample after all.
There have been at least two polls on AVS in the past few years asking the ratio of Panasonic Plasma owners vs Samsung Plasma owners, and that ratio was about 3:1 Panasonic over Samsung (which surprised me), so there are three times more Panasonic Plasma owners here than Samsung Plasma owners, and even though Panasonic's failure rate is a little lower than Samsung's, 3-times more owners means you'll see 3-times more complaints. Regardless, you personal recollections of hundreds of posts on several forums is not a scientific enough gathering of data to come to any meaningful conclusion, especially from someone who absolutely hates the Panasonic brand name and use every opportunity to bash them across various threads in various forums. That seems to be the primary reason why you even participate in the forums - to bash Panasonic.
I don't agree with you or believe your assertion that Panasonic has four times more problems than Samsung, especially considering your well known anti-Panasonic/Pro-Samsung agenda and long-held anger and feelings of personal victimization since your MLL rose way back in 2009. You were very disrespectful in the live chat during the VE shootout with all your Panasonic bashing as well as insulting D-Nice and other calibrators, and your well known hatred towards Panasonic and the resultant 4-year anti-Panasonic crusade proves you are incapable of being impartial or fair-minded on the issues. To the contrary, i see a lot more complaints about Samsung TVs than Panasonics, and i've owned two smaller Samsung LCD TVs that both went defective and Samsung was so useless in getting the first one repaired that i punted and returned the 2nd defective one instead of running that gauntlet again. So i've only owned 2 Samsung TVs that both broke, yet i've owned 6 Panasonic TVs that never broke. And i'm not even going to get into the Samsung PC monitor that developed double-vision or the Samsung laser printer that continually gets paper jams or two Samsung cell phones who's screens went dead or my SIL's $3,000 Samsung refrigerator that keeps dying and ruining her food. They make crap, plain and simple.
I sell to the professional A/V contractor/installer industry (corporate level, aerospace industry, airports, government agencies, and high-end residential) and all of my customers i've talked with over the years said the Panasonics were the most reliable, and that call backs to un-install the display for warranty work/returns were the lowest with Panasonic, closely followed by Pioneer, but much more prevalent with Samsung and LG even though they rarely install or encounter Samsung or LG displays. Now that Pioneer is gone, they all now recommend only Panasonic Plasmas based on past history of reliability. Three local TV repair shops i've spoken with all say pretty much the same thing - Panasonics are better-built and more reliable, and the company is easier to deal with than Samsung is.
It's sad that something as minor as the black levels rising on a TV set four years ago can cause you such seething deep seated anger and hatred and misery that you feel the need to embark on a 4 year crusade. I also have a 2009 Panasonic and while i'm not happy that the MLL rose, it is what it is and i still greatly enjoy watching the TV at night in a dark room and not let the risen black levels ruin my life.