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  1. WbSearch

    WbSearch Guest

    Am finally replacing my 20 yr old TV due to incompatibility with my VCR, shop
    advises repair cost outweighs practability.
    Does anyone have advice of TV brands not to consider? The major brand names I
    am somewhat familiar with, but there are many names I have not heard of prior
    to shopping. I am in the US. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Gary Tait

    Gary Tait Guest

    Pretty well not Thomson related brands (RCA, GE, Proscan). Maybe stay
    away from Chinese sets as well.
     
  3. Patch

    Patch Guest

    Check with your local TV Tech. He knows which ones are junk. (most are) Or
    buy a copy of Consumer Reports. Japanese made stuff is still pretty good.
     
  4. A E

    A E Guest

    Tough one. Since you kept your TV for 20 years, I assume you're the type of person
    who buys once, for the long term. You didn't say how big the TV was, though.
    Really, right now, I'd buy a 21 inch CRT computer monitor with an external tuner
    box.
    Why? Because you can get dirt cheap 21 inch monitors and they are likely to be
    better than a TV of the same price.
    Also, when HDTV hits, you have a 21 inch computer monitor, not a paperweight.
    Just my opinion. It's just that I don't think you'll be able to buy a NTSC set
    that will last 20 years anymore anyways.
     
  5. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    For watching TV in my living room I find a 20 inch display to be much
    too small. But, you have a valid point for someone who wants only a 20
    inch set.

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    Tough one. Since you kept your TV for 20 years, I assume you're the type
    of person
    who buys once, for the long term. You didn't say how big the TV was,
    though.
    Really, right now, I'd buy a 21 inch CRT computer monitor with an
    external tuner
    box.
    Why? Because you can get dirt cheap 21 inch monitors and they are likely
    to be
    better than a TV of the same price.
    Also, when HDTV hits, you have a 21 inch computer monitor, not a
    paperweight.
    Just my opinion. It's just that I don't think you'll be able to buy a
    NTSC set
    that will last 20 years anymore anyways.
     
  6. WbSearch

    WbSearch Guest

    Apologise I forgot to mention that I am lookinig at 25 - 27 inch sets. What is
    the situation with HDTV? Will regular broadcast be obsolete soon and I should
    only consider HDTV? All I really want is stereo, remote with RCA for VCR
    inputs, nothing fancy.
     
  7. Sofie

    Sofie Guest

    WbSearch:
    If you don't want anything "fancy" then don't pay the extra big bucks for
    HDTV yet..... wait for the product to mature and the prices to come down.
    The good news is that you can use whatever new analog television you
    purchase for a long time to come.... eventually you may need a converter box
    much like the cable boxes we all had decades ago...... also because of the
    eventual digital conversion, the prices of larger screen, full feature
    analog sets is at an all time low..... great time to buy and enjoy.
     
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    Pretty much any Thomson brand - RCA, Proscan, Thomson, Ferguson ("Thomson
    Technology")...
    Check the labels - most of the "Made in Japan" stuff - that's Sony,
    Panasonic, etc. - is still quite good. You can't really go wrong with a mid-
    to high-end Sony. There's still a 28" Sony in the living room at home that's
    roughly seven years old. The picture is still better than some modern TVs,
    the Prologic sound presets are fun to play with ("Arena" is quite nice) and
    it's only ever been serviced once - for a power supply fault. One minute it
    was working, turned it off and it refused to power back up.

    Now, as for laptops, avoid anything that uses one of those "barrel"
    connectors for its power input. They don't last very long IME. I've got a
    Compaq Presario 700 on the bench at the moment that needs a new PSU
    connector. Then I need to work out where the one leftover screw fits...

    Later.
     
  9. Does anyone have advice of TV brands not to consider?

    Buy only Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, JVC, Sharp, Hitachi, or Proton.

    I am particularly fond of Sony as I am a firm believer in Trinitron, but the
    others are very good and will cost less with comparable features.

    Don't consider the rest, particularly RCA, Philips, GE, Apex, Magnavox, Funai,
    Sylvania, and all the others. - Reinhart
     
  10. Steve Reinis

    Steve Reinis Guest

    I have a 1995 model Sharp 27" TV that was purchased new in 1995 and while
    it's not loaded with features and the stereo sound leaves a lot to be
    desired, it has a picture that just amazes me. I'm not about to swivel the
    thing around to get th emodel/chassic at this moment.

    I'm I tend to be very picky when it comes to CRT image quality since I
    sit in front of two 21" computer monitors all day and work with various
    others ranging from cheap shit to nicer Sun/SGI stuff.

    This Sharp has just very rich, vibrant colors, great geometry, and damned
    near perfect convergence all over the screen. No artifacts in the video,
    very clear image. Never has it been in for repair, but lately I've noticed
    that the picture starts to *slightly* *expand* when the A/C kicks on and the
    lights dim for a second. I suspect it's just capacitors getting weak
    because the image is rock solid all other times - even during high contrast
    scene changes.

    Anyhow, how often do you repair folks see Sharp TVs in for repair when
    they've failed on their own (Not lightning, physical damage, etc). I have
    really been impressed with the durability of this rather cheap set.

    Just curious,
    -Steve
     
  11. Anyhow, how often do you repair folks see Sharp TVs in for repair when
    Not often. Many Sharp sets usually come in for problems caused by cold solder
    joints, which happens to any television set. When the bad joints are located
    and fixed, the set usually works again. Other than that, it's hard to think up
    a situation where a Sharp set failed due to a defect that developed on its own.


    Others here may be able to relate their experiences, but so far, I've been
    impressed with Sharp as well. - Reinhart
     
  12. Deke

    Deke Guest

    Go see if any of them have one of the 27" flat screen Zeniths. It'll knock
    your eyes out.
    You'll get varying opinions about Zenith, and they have made some lemons.
    On the other hand, I've seen some Zeniths made in Springfield, MO that are
    20 years old, and will still throw an awesome picture. If your local
    merchants sell Zeniths, buy one. And if you want to make the little lady
    happy, they still make consoles. Buy with your eyes, and support your
    local economy. Screw the discount chain stores, especially Wal-Mart.
    Deke
     
  13. Probably made before 1979. Seems like their sets got instantly bad around
    then, and kept getting much worse until Goldstar guts went into them.
     
  14. Dbowey

    Dbowey Guest

    Muntz is not bad for the money if you can fix them yourself.
    Don
     
  15. kc8adu

    kc8adu Guest

    so someone bought the muntz name?
    whos set are they rebadging?
     
  16. bigmike

    bigmike Guest


    Muntz? I damm near forgot all about them
     
  17. Sylvania isn't Philips any more? When did that happen?
     
  18. Thinking about a new Magnavox, Sylvania, or Emerson television? They are
    Very recently.

    http://www.funai-corp.com/

    And it looks like Magnavox may not be owned by Funai after all. In this case,
    they're probably still controlled by Philips, but a lot of their stuff is still
    made by Fuani. - Reinhart
     
  19. bigmike

    bigmike Guest

    Just go find a set with the picture and features you like. The differences
    between all sets are getting less and less. There is no longer a brand that
    knocks the others out. All brands have made adjustments to quality so they
    can compete in price. That's about it...
     
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