Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma
Panasonics are rated at 100,000 hours to there half life.......
Laymans terms: A lifetime.
I'm not worried about panel life. I'm worried about the other 250+ components that make up a tv.
For instance, I build computers as a hobby. I know on average (taking away a naturally defective hardware piece) that a computer can reasonable last 5 to 10 years with no issues. However, I am sure there is a white paper in existence stating that a processor (Intel or AMD) can last 20+ years with normal use. However, that 20+ year quote does me no good since the other components of the computer will naturally break down in 5 to 10 years.
The reason my question came up is I'm planning on buying a new tv and my wife asked a deceptively simple question "how long will a new (plasma) tv last?" I gave her the typical 20 year half life on the plasma panel answer, but it really didn't answer her question (if she were to think about the question more in depth).