Originally Posted by Jimmy
Absolutely correct, the first was a 1963 B&W, then first color in '67, next color zenith in 76, the fourth a Zenith RVP in 86. A Pioneer Pro Elite in 92 and my Panasonic Plasma in 2010. My math was pretty close. Just gave the 63 away last year, still working. The 67 and 76 color sets were given to relatives. They were still using them for at least five years more each. The Zenith rear view died in '92. That's when I got the Pioneer, a great TV. The power board went in 2010 and that is when I got the first plasma. With the economy the way it is, I imagine the plasma will be in my life for ten years, hopefully if needed.
While 6 TV's in 50 years is not really a big deal, many people have had less and mostly because they've had a Zenith that just refused to quit. I will say back in the day my parent's Zenith's never had one single issue unlike the issues we read here daily. When I was a kid we turned on the Zenith and actually "watched TV" rather than sit here picking the TV apart like some of the OCD people here. Our biggest problem was just getting the rabbit ears to tune in, the TV was perfect. In fact it never broke down in the 15 years I lived at home and my parents finally ended up selling it just for the sake of buying something new.
Shameful today's technology leads us into running slides, relying on a pro-calibrator's settings, zooming screens up to prevent IR, changing channels to prevent network logos from causing IR, sitting directly in front of the TV in order to maintain the sweet-spot, worrying senselessly if the flashlighting or clouding is ever gonna go away? Worst of all, today's technology has made people so nitpicky that they constantly return/exchange TV's until they get the "perfect" one and best of all, some people right here on this forum replace perfectly good flat screens after owning them for only one year, WHY? Back in the day we bought one TV, turned it on and went on with bigger things in life.