As I have mentioned before I bought a Square Trade 4 year warranty for my 92" last year around a $100 via Costco.
Warranty kicked in at the one year point last month on my 92840. I really did not need a Mits branded warrany. It would not have been priced attractively even if they were still producing and had ample underwriting offers. All I need out of Mits is to keep lamps and spares available.
Mack has the 3 year warranty on my 82837 with about a year left.
Finding warranty coverage never seemed to be as difficult as jsmiddleton4 wants us to believe. I have my doubts about any conversation with Mits that supposedly opens the Kimono.
My 2008 72" Samsung DLP never got an extended warranty nor any service either. I gave it to a brother when I upgraded. He sold it a few weeks ago with the original lamp intact because he wanted something bigger that he could hang on the wall. I have a 2006 Sammy that is sitting in my Mother-in Laws home that got a Light Engine in its first year under factory warranty, still running fine and on the same lamp. A 2006 HP 65" I owned was troublesome in the first year and got a ight engine but worked ever since. I sold the HP to a neighbor last year and it is still working its magic.
So basically, it seems 2005-2006 had some iffy DMD chips and after that things were pretty solid. I think my experience is probably not an unrepresentative sample from a service point of view.
So far even though I have bought a number of extended warranites I have never had a service event under any of them. Underwriting has to be a bitch!
DLPs are dead! OK, Well long live my 92840!
You do have to at least pencil in some numbers to amortize and depreciate the cost of a big HDTV purchase to understand the economics of it.. For my life I use the $80 a month rule.. I will spend approximately $80 a month on my primary display. I was a relative early adopter on the 92840 and bought for just less than $4k.Sadly not $2500 or less many paid. So that means it has to last 50 months total before I can buy the next bigger, better. Roughly 36 more months to go or another 7600 hours... Even without the SquareTrade underwriter I am pretty sure the odds are favorable.
Samsung 78" JS8600, Mits WD-92840 43" Samsung 43ku7000 - Lumagen Radiance XS, Martin Logan Motion 40s, Ascend Sierra 2s
58" Panny Plasma -DVDO DUO, Usher S520, JBL HLS-610, Definitive SM45, MusicHall Marimba