Originally Posted by steve1971
I'd throw Sony in there as well. I have owned many Sony products over the years from tv's, radios, vcrs, dvd players you name it and everyone of them lasted a very long time.
Actually, most of the older products we had before were designed to last a very long time, doesn't matter what brand it is. You can also try Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, or Toshiba, and you will still get the same results, along with Sony. They don't build them like they used to anymore. The old ones were designed to last a long time, but the new ones are designed to be disposable.
The 50-year consumer electronics average reliability curve, since 1960, shows that Sony is actually rated fifth (#5) most reliable electronic manufacturer in the world. This data was provided by Consumer Reports and Electronics Magazine since the last 50 years, based on total number of owners reported a problem. They are ranked in order.
4. Sanyo/Fisher5. Sony
11. Zenith12. Samsung
13. RCA Corporation
15. Curtis Mathes
19. RCA/GE/Thomson (the worst)
As you can see, despite huge popularity, Samsung is rated twelfth (#12) most reliable electronic brand in the world. Samsung products in the past used to be poor quality, and it factored in the 50-year average curve very well. But Samsung's rating is expected to improve and move up in the chart if quality continues to be good.
I didn't put Sony in my last message because they're #5, and I didn't put Toshiba because of major outsourcing going on, and a huge decline in reliability since the last 5 years. Most of the products Toshiba sell today aren't made by Toshiba. Toshiba is still a very reliable brand if the products are made by Toshiba themselves, but they are getting harder to find every year.
So, today, we can pretty much trust Panasonic and Sharp, and maybe Sanyo as well.