I don't think that your 61515 hours is watching hours, its powered time, and not powered on time but just the time it has been plugged into the electrical outlet.
The fans, hmmm, you know in the years I have had mine, I never noticed the fans, mine was about 4 or so feet from a wall and also had some stuff behind it, maybe this muffled the sound, even with the computers off down here I never heard any of the fans.
Well I just moved mine to a new house the other day, its in an unfinished basement about 6 or so inches from the concrete wall and man is it LOUD. On or off it doesn't seem to matter, its just as loud off.
I did take the cover off it when I got it moved and man was it dusty, used a couple cans of compressed air to clear it out.
I too would like to change out that fan, see if it can be made quieter, but I am going to try putting some carpet on the wall behind it just to see what it will do.
I doubt you would want to disconnect the fan in the HD tuner, most likely it will alow the unit to overheat and you would be SOL and have to buy a newer crappier picture TV.
Originally Posted by dozercsx
Well, my F38310 JX4 (made in March 2001) is still going strong and running flawlessly - I just checked the odometer tonight, and have logged 61515 hours (thats a lot of TV!) and the picture is just as smooth and fabulous as ever. I've got the matching stand, and use a Toshiba HD-D3 HD-DVD player, a Pioneer DV-563A Uni-player (for DVD-Audio and SACD), and an original Xbox, which puts out beautiful 1080i for a handful of games. All run through an Impact Acoustics 3x1 1080i powered component switcher to the RCAs single component input.
The F38310 is fabulous with these sources, and the system works well together - about the best 1080i system around. Interestingly, the Toshiba is smart enough to use both the HDMI (for LPCM sound) and the component outputs for video at the same time - pretty cool! And HD-DVD never bothered to enable the component lock-outs, so it's sweet HD picture for HD-DVD sources. (However, it won't upconvert standard DVDs over component - bummer)
Only real negative to the system is the darned sealed box fan, which just won't turn off, and is as quiet as a small tornado after 8 years - I'm still looking for advice on how to kill that one fan (there are three inside the F38310) as its the only one which stays on permanently. Simple solution is to crank up the HT sound (!) and put the TV on a switchable plug.
Oh yeah, the other negative is that this beast is 216lbs, so it'll never move from its current spot, unless it's to the dumpster.
Still, I contend that this TV is the high water mark of 80 years of CRT technology - there's never been one better or more sophisticated, and there never will be - sort of a last, best example of the species. They should put one in the Smithsonian (provided they disconnect the friggin' fan).