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With only 2000 hours, my 65ZT60 is barely broken in and is a flawless panel.
I am curious as to how many hours were on panels that required servicing... replacement boards etc.
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^^^ Nice! Good question. I'm also interested in knowing.


I would also like to know the build dates for panels that needed servicing.


If there are issues with my electronics I usually look for a pattern of failures and try to identify a common denominator of failures. Not that I look for problems but I want to research solutions to try to extend the life of my electronic purchases since I don't upgrade constantly...I try to get long use of my purchases and for many years.

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With only 2000 hours, my 65ZT60 is barely broken in and is a flawless panel.
I am curious as to how many hours were on panels that required servicing... replacement boards etc.
Any TV component can fail at any time, whether it's 5 days old or 5 years old. I don't think there's any correlation between hours used and panel failure or board failure.

The panel itself cannot be serviced - if the panel or it's on-board electronics fail then the whole panel had to be replaced. And the last three years or so that Panasonic made Plasma TVs, it became cheaper to just replace the whole TV under warranty than to warehouse spare panels, pay the high shipping cost to ship it to the service center, hope it doesn't get broken during the trip, then pay a service center to replace said bad panel under warranty. Panasonic (and Samsung) started to just ship a whole new TV to the consumer once deemed defective.

But there is one thing Panasonic Plasma owners can do to reduce their chances of having a board fail - take an hour and remove the rear cover and snug down all the board screws. They tend to come loose over time and that often leads to board failure.

I've posted about it in the GT50 Buzzing Poll thread and provided detailed tips on doing this preventative maintenance. The whole thread is only 2 pages long so it's worth a read. I posted my repair saga starting at post #39 . . .

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Since I use a wall mount, I have added a computer fan to pull cooler air in behind the panel when in use. An old cell phone charger is all that is needed to power it.
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Any TV component can fail at any time, whether it's 5 days old or 5 years old. I don't think there's any correlation between hours used and panel failure or board failure.

But there is one thing Panasonic Plasma owners can do to reduce their chances of having a board fail - take an hour and remove the rear cover and snug down all the board screws. They tend to come loose over time and that often leads to board failure.

I've posted about it in the GT50 Buzzing Poll thread and provided detailed tips on doing this preventative maintenance. The whole thread is only 2 pages long so it's worth a read. I posted my repair saga starting at post #39 . . .

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/167-p...l#post57967794 ____________________________________
Can't disagree with taking the rear cover off and and snugging down the board screws. But not on a ZT. The risk is high for causing micro fractures to the panel when reinstalling the rear cover. You better know what you're doing if you take the the rear cover off a ZT.
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^^^ Agree! IMO removing the rear cover off on a Panasonic ZT60 is not worth the risk.

That's why I have never removed mine for the fan noise fix.

How many perfectly good ZT60 panels were accidently micro-fractured taking the enjoyment out of an otherwise perfect panel.

The fan noise level was never an issue for me and I passed my last hearing exam with no hearing problems.

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I did finally plug my ZT60 into my new UPSes, the subwoofer too. Not sure if my hearing is going or not (everything else seems to be), but hardly heard any buzzing at all (in my brief test of content that used to cause it to buzz). Probably will do some more testing as relevant content makes itself known.

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I got an Apple TV a few weeks back, and because I have an older Yamaha 5.1 Receiver with no HDMI, I plugged it in to my ZT60. Great picture, but the sound is limited to the TV speakers, as I have the lone audio output going to my wireless headphones. This past weekend I got an optical splitter and ran an optical cable to my receiver. It doesn't look like this TV is passing 5.1 digital from the HDMI connections to the optical port. I'm getting 5.1 through antenna, but that's it, just stereo from HDMI. Is there a way to fix this? Checked the menu and eHelp, but couldn't find any info.
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