Originally Posted by aj slick
Please take caution because these Pioneers are on for at least 10 hours a day or more. 7 days a week. Check the manufactored date on the back. Mine was July 08. Not sure if they will let you check the hours. I am in the same situation with the warranty, I do not want to pay for the warranty only to have them give you a Panasonic, or a refund when you purchased a Kuro . There is no replacement, unless they have another PIO. I suppose I could pick up the 101 if mine is unrepairable. But after a 141 it would be hard to go back to its little brother 101.
I had a factory service remote (bought from that famous auction site), which gets you into the service menu with a single button press (and not having to turn the TV off and on).
When I bought my second 151, which was a floor model, I asked the sales person if I can check the hours on the set, of which he said, "Sure". I whipped the remote out of my pocket and was in the service menu and found it had about 4000 hours on it (june 08 manufacture date). The sales geek gulped and then the serious negotiations started, knocking plenty more off than if I didn't know how much use the set had. After they made a deal I couldn't refuse, another sales person asked me to use my remote to check the hours on the rest of the 9G plasmas on the floor.
So, 10 hours a day is about right. If the set was put on the floor shortly after the manufacture date, then at 14 months, 4000 hours was about right.