Originally Posted by skier12
Originally Posted by htwaits
You can get the exact information you want from Sharp. It's probably something like a mean time to failure of 60K to 120K hours.
As long as there is nothing wrong with your display now, it should last you on average about fifteen years at ten hours a day using the worst case numbers.
So if you have a new set and you watch on average 2 hours per day. Then at 60k mtbf it might last you 82 years! LOL, but on a serious note what would one guess to be the lifespan on an Elite at 2 hrs per day and not even every day being used. Could it last me 20yrs? I imagine there are other factors at work, but it would be great if it could last me 10-20 years.
Any ideas as to other factors and how long a set could last? I am not into upgrading for tech sake. The Elite is going to be excellent and that will always be the case for me no matter what else they bring out. There is more to life than TV. So could I make it last 25 years. I'll update this post in 2037 and let you know.
With plasma and CRT displays MTF indicates how long it will take to consume phosphors to the point where the set produces half of it's original brightness. I'm not sure what it refers to in the case of a LCD display.
All display life spans depend a lot on the parts supplied for a particular display. If your display is several months old, it will most likely not need repair for several years. In the future you will reach a point were it wouldn't make economic sense to repair an old display. If a panel needs to be replace, it's almost always better to buy new.
As they say, it depends. We gave our 2004 Samsung DLP RPTV to our son five years ago, and it's still going strong. He only uses it for a few hours each weekend, and doesn't do that every week. We tend to use our five year old plasma about two hours a day, plus a lot of NFL and NHL games. I expect it to last longer than I expect me to last.
You may be trying too hard to control the future.