Panasonic, 10 blinking lights.
I haven't been on AVS for awhile; I never made a lot of posts. This time, I'm reporting my experience with my Panasonic 50-inch HDTV. It's a model TH-50PZ85U, purchased Dec 2008, for $1506 total. This morning, it was working, good as ever, giving me the HDTV pleasure I love. I turned it off; an hour later, when I turned it on, the power light began blinking: 10 blinks in a row, and a pause, and repeat, on and on. I had to unplug the TV to get it to stop. On to AVS, I came, to learn that I am not alone.
I have two other HDTVs, both Sony, rear projection, 1080p: a 50-inch (6 1/2 years old), and a 60-inch (6 years old). With barely 3 months usage, the 50 required a fan replacement; it was covered under warranty. Around 4 years of age the 50 also needed a bulb replacement, around $125, a simple task I could do. Both the 50 and the 60 still produce the same marvelous HD images, via antenna, and DVD/Blu-Ray discs. The 60, in the living room, is augmented with a 5.1 surround system with a Denon receiver.
My Panasonic, in the family room, is, was, the most used of my 3 big screens. Like the Sonys, it produced wonderful HD images via antenna and disc, thru a 3.0 sound system with a Denon receiver. I really liked the Panasonic. During my pre-purchase research, I was impressed with review statements about plasma screens lasting 20 years. So, I've learned, plasma screens last a long time, but it's the other parts that are the problem. In fairness, I can report that my investment in my 3 big screens has been close to the same for each:
Panasonic: $1500 / 4 years = c. $375 year.
Sony 60: $2450 / 6 years = slightly more than $400 year.
But, my Sony TVs are still burning bright. My Panasonic HDTV didn't reach 4 years old. Fixing it myself will not happen; paying someone a large fraction of the original price to fix it probably won't happen either. I don't want to live without HDTV, so I'm looking for something, "basic," again, if "basic" HDTV is still possible.