3 Year & 1 Year Anniversary Updates:
Well, since I did the two capacitor replacements both of my Philips plasmas have been working great. It's amazing how much enjoyment you can get out of these TV's outside of whatever technological shortcomings they may have compared to the newer models. After almost a year of having to do the stupid plug-unplug thing it's just nice to hit the POWER ON button on the remote and be able to see a picture. My 42" is doing light-duty in the bedroom...
.it has just over 7,000 hours and is probably used 10-15 hours a week, give-or-take. I got it in September 2006 and for just over 3 years it was my main TV doing heavy-duty 30-40 hours a week while I worked in an office, 70-80 when I was job searching and/or working from home. Outside of the capacitor problem, no other problems. I make sure to always use the SLEEP function so the TV turns off when I'm watching in bed late at night; this saves a few hours for the plasma while I'm sleeping before I wake up and turn it off, and it also makes sure a frozen DVR image doesn't stay on the TV for hours, either.My 50" is doing heavy-duty in the living room.....
bought it used off eBay in November 2009 with about 1,800 hours and it now has just over 5,600 hours...so about 60-70 hours a week (probably more with the NFL and playoffs the last few months
). TV's only flaw is red speckles upon startup; last night, they were clearly visible across most of the widescreen SyFy showing of "STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT"
which has darker scenes early in the picture. Went back to re-watch the beginning an hour later after the TV had warmed up, and you couldn't see them unless you looked hard and then it wasn't big patches but just isolated red specks here or there in the corners. Not something I'm concerned with and even less of a problem while watching live-action TV or sports.
Whatever I get from both of these plasmas from now I consider gravy. The cost of a replacement is so cheap now that I consider to have gotten my money's worth for both plasmas ($1,900 for the 42" plus $360 for the warranty; $500 for the 50" including gas/moving costs), though another year from the 50" would be icing on the cake. And while interactive Ambilight Philips models aren't available in the States nor available on any other TV, the LED backlighting kids aren't a bad substitute since most of the time I use the COLOR mode anyway and not the dynamic changing Ambilight modes.
Some of you have gotten to 5-figures (10,000 hours) on your sets....that would be fine for me with the 50" as it would take me another 1 -1 1/2 years to get up to that level.....and probably 3-5 years on the 42".