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Tips from my TV tech...

Some interesting info was passed along to me the last couple of days as I sat and watched my ABT tech repairman fix my TV set (Samsung 50" DLP 5065).

I had the extended warranty luckily. Otherwise a new color wheel would have run me $$$$ + labor. Mine was making some high pitched vibration noises at startup. Interesting enough I've had the set on for ~4400 hours in the last two years. That's about 6 hours a day. I fall asleep to it.

The good news he replaced my entire video engine $1300 part with a newer version that does not have the wiring or wheel issues. It also came with a new lamp.

So...on to the suggestions this guy made as far as the number and types of problems he sees/fixes everyday.

-Steer clear of Panasonic...especially the new DLPs. Lamps burn out regularly with less than 1500 hours. The internals are poorly designed and cheap. Toshiba makes a great DLP. Samsung is also good, but they do have color wheel issues in 1st and 2nd generation sets. The high temperatures cause the wiring to disintegrate. Mistubushi DLPs have poor lamp ratings and cost $350 + labor to replace. Otherwise they are pretty good.

-He recommends the last year or so of Sony for anything 40" and up in LCD. The have made some great strides recently. He barley gets any calls on newer Sonys.

-For smaller LCD sets, Sharp Aquavsions cannot be beat. Absolutely no issues...highly recommended sets.

Hope this helps any of you looking to upgrade soon. Me, Im in the market for a small LCD and possibly a new DLP for the basement.
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sharp aquos. told you. nothing better in the small lcd market.


any input on plasma units?

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Sweet!! I was thinking about a DLP soon and actually i am very happy you wrote this up!

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no tips like, vacuuming dust inside tv, removing potatoe chip crumbs between remote buttons
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My cousin owns a commercial and home theater installation corporation. I was telling him that I want to install a smaller LCD or Plasma in my bedroom and without missing a beat told me to go with the Sharp Aquos.

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My cousin owns a commercial and home theater installation corporation. I was telling him that I want to install a smaller LCD or Plasma in my bedroom and without missing a beat told me to go with the Sharp Aquos.
yeah! i have a sharp 20inch in my bedroom on an articulating arm. wires are now inwall...

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yeah! i have a sharp 20inch in my bedroom on an articulating arm. wires are now inwall...
Sweet!

My cousin is crazy. He is one of those guys that is really good at spending other people's money (like mine). He wants to get a crew into my place so that he install a flat panel and an in-wall home theater system in my bedroom.

I have seen some of the high-end systems for some of his G-money clients and they are simply amazing. Makes me drool.

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I recently bought a Panasonic 50" Plasma and so far it has been Great! Especially sports in HD! Cnet gave them the highest rating. I hope your friend is talking about the DLP's and not the Plasma's because he mentioned a lamp burning out. Plasma's don't have a lamp.

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He said Panasonic plasmas last on average 1400 hours before the greens turn to blues and the reds to yellows....not everyone notices the problem.










































































Im just f*cking with you...we really didn't talk plasma, since only the s spend that kinds cash. If they have a problem, they just buy a new one. No need for a repairman.
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He did vacuum my fans out and said that is something important to do, but most sets record when you take off the service panel. Doing so may void your warranty. He suggested vauuming the best you can through the panel.

My set fan was pretty clean, however my Directivo tuner was dirty.
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Speaking of hanging a Plasma or LCD TV on the wall and having all the wires hidden, I just finished mine. A friend helped me do that and mount my 5 surround sound speakers on the wall with the wires running through the wall. A nice clean install. Tweeter wanted $1,500.00 to do it, and weren't going to use an HDMI cable. My friend only charged me $500, but I gave him $650. I just need to find a low component rack to go on the right side of the TV by the window.

I also have a 2 meter Monster M1000 HDMI cable for sale. It's their top of the line HDMI cable. It is basically brand new, I just opened the package to see if it worked. I needed a 4 meter cable to run through the wall. List is $250.00. I paid $180.00, I'll sell it for $140.00.

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Cool news John!

Thanks, I am in the process of finishing my basement and alread have two pre-wired locations for flat panels. I'll come back to this thread when I have the ceiling finished... so that I can buy the right TVs.

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Speaking of hanging a Plasma or LCD TV on the wall and having all the wires hidden, I just finished mine. A friend helped me do that and mount my 5 surround sound speakers on the wall with the wires running through the wall. A nice clean install. Tweeter wanted $1,500.00 to do it, and weren't going to use an HDMI cable. My friend only charged me $500, but I gave him $650. I just need to find a low component rack to go on the right side of the TV by the window.

I also have a 2 meter Monster M1000 HDMI cable for sale. It's their top of the line HDMI cable. It is basically brand new, I just opened the package to see if it worked. I needed a 4 meter cable to run through the wall. List is $250.00. I paid $180.00, I'll sell it for $140.00.
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Just my luck........

I just got my 52" Panasonic DLP from Costco. Came with 2 year parts and labor in-home warrantee. Plus from Costco if something goes wrong they replace it.

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Speaking of hanging a Plasma or LCD TV on the wall and having all the wires hidden, I just finished mine. A friend helped me do that and mount my 5 surround sound speakers on the wall with the wires running through the wall. A nice clean install. Tweeter wanted $1,500.00 to do it, and weren't going to use an HDMI cable. My friend only charged me $500, but I gave him $650. I just need to find a low component rack to go on the right side of the TV by the window.
really like the setup, mike. what kind of speakers are you running?

i wish I had a wall that was good for mounting but I dont, so my panny plasma is on a stand.


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I just have some Sony Satellite speakers, an Onkyo surround sound receiver, a Sony 5 disc DVD/CD changer, Sony 8" powered subwoofer, and a HD DirecTV/TiVo box. You can see my small Sony speakers in the corners and above the TV in the 1st pic. I haven't had a chance to really test out the surround sound, but what I have heard sounds pretty good for a 500 Watt system. For really loud music, you'd probably want some more wattage with some bigger speakers.

Mounting it on my wall was a bitch. I have the chimney behind that wall. We had to cut out a section of the drywall in order to run the wires. I then had to drill into the brick, set the mounting bolts for the TV mount, piece the drywall hole, tape it, sand it, and put 3 coats of paint on the wall to make it look it good. It came out Great, so it was worth it.

If I didn't have to mount the TV on the wall above the fireplace, I would have bought a DLP set. Best bang/picture for the money!

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I just need to find a low component rack to go on the right side of the TV by the window.
www.racksandstands.com

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I got one of these for my plasma screen

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Since we are posting pics I'll toss up more recent one of my setup.

I opted for the 42" Panasonic plasma over the 50" Samsung DLP and saved $500 and have a wonderful picture. (It's about time to upgrade the 2MP camera though...)

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you get an A plus for wire management, shadrach!!




obligatory nemo screen shot since it always looks the hotness on plasmas...


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you get an A plus for wire management, shadrach!!




obligatory nemo screen shot since it always looks the hotness on plasmas...





oh and you should see my wire management. I like to call it "the amazon look"




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