Plasma TV: suddenly no picture

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  1. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    The power consumption of plasmas is a lot higher than LCDs, so if your electricity bill and/or global warming worry you, you might want to consider LCD.
     
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  3. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    plasma are bad for the environment (compared with LCD). I actually went with a dirt cheap Chinese knock-off called SonIQ. 42" LCD 1080. It was about 1/4 the price of Samsung and depending on which one you buy it's either Samsung or LG that will make the panel - I wasn't going to pay an extra $2000 to have the Samsung stamp. The only draw back is there is no optical audio out. Which isn't a concern for me because I mainly use it for PS3 or PC both of which I run through the amp. Oh, the remote is cheap which does suck - probably that's 100% Chinese.
     
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  5. kmguru Staff Member

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    Now you tell us! Let us see how long this puppy lasts...
     
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  7. tuberculatious Banned Banned

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    that should teach you to buy foreign products.
     
  8. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    That's why I bought a Samsung LCD over 1.5 years ago and it is working fine!

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  9. madanthonywayne Morning in America Staff Member

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    James, do you realize who you're talking to?
     
  10. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Toshiba hasn't been in the plasma game very long. Panasonic are the ones who have spent the R&D monies and the time to get it right.

    Panasonic plasmas boast life expectancies now to be almost double LCD's. All the issues these tv's had earlier have been resolved by Panasonic, but most likely, not the other manufacturers.

    Don't buy a plasma unless it's a Panasonic.
     
  11. Idle Mind What the hell, man? Valued Senior Member

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    Or Pioneer. But you'll pay a lot more.
     
  12. madanthonywayne Morning in America Staff Member

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    And they're already out of it! They no longer make plasma TV's.
    D'oh! I've already bought a Samsung. Wish you'd chimed in earlier. Oh well.
     
  13. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    Can't you return/exchange it after you buy? I have just bought a new laptop 2 days ago. As all other electronic products, here in Germany I am allowed to return it / to exchange it within 2 weeks.

    p.s.: this is my first post with my new laptop, yayy
     
  14. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    my LCD TV looks exactly like this one - only it's is stamped SonIQ instead of Samsung.
     
  15. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    This actually can be a problem, especially for those that use XBOX's. Microsoft originally had a number of complaints that their HDMI compatibility didn't work with certain screen models. So they generated a patch and that patch actually ended up frying my XBOX motherboard. What the patch actually did was rewrite the HDMI wrappers for the HDMI protocol because there were a couple of HDMI standards (Some screens were sold as HDMI Ready, others as just compatible)

    It's possible with devices that can update drivers that these wrappers can be changed causing a screen to appear blank or even no sound. So it's best to test the screen using another input method (RGB/VGA etc)

    As to the life expectancy of a screen, difficult to say what causing the main strain. The newer screens tend to have processor units to sharpen the HDMI input, and Plasma's usually have a high operating temperature. You'll probably find that if the screen is kept cooled and the vents aren't blocked by being placing the screen into a cavity like a cabinet that you'll have a longer life expectancy.
     
  16. kmguru Staff Member

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    Yes, it is the room temperature. When cooled to 66 F, 3 pixels started flashing. Otherwise everything is fine. I was surprised to use the TV as a second monitor and yet the texts were crisp even a metre away. Now I planned to design a command center using that screen size.
     
  17. Rick Valued Senior Member

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    and do what? Rocket launches?

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    PS : 60 inch is huge! u must be prince of baton rouge

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  18. kmguru Staff Member

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    Nay! to control our economic crisis...or Mars landing?

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    60 inch is OK, we have a 72" DLP. IT pays good...you should know that....

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  19. Ganymede Valued Senior Member

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    Exactly, plus Sony has came down on their prices a lot. I can't understand how anyone can invest in any other brand. That's what I'm watching now, Sony Bravia XBR FTW!
     
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