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Topic # 144186 10-May-2014 10:42
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Does it make sense at all? - My neighbour is selling a 42" Sony that cost $5,000 in its heyday for $300. What is the expected lifetime of such a TV? Am I better off buying a cheap unbranded modern TV instead?

I know it does not have Freeview, but that does not bother me since I have Sky.

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  Reply # 1041260 10-May-2014 10:47
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Don't do it.
TVs are not designed to last 9 years, even the good ones.


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  Reply # 1041263 10-May-2014 11:00
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  Reply # 1041276 10-May-2014 11:26
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Safe to say it's probably munted and it'll be very low spec - I'd pick it'll be 852x480 resolution. I'd also pick it would have serious screen burn.

New generation plasma TV's are far different than old ones, but I guess it depends exactly what purpose you're wanting it for.

I certainly wouldn't want to pay anywhere near $300 for it. I wouldn't expect that get that for my 7yr old Pioneer 50" Plasma, and that's a far superior TV to a Sony.

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  Reply # 1041278 10-May-2014 11:29
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Thanks; I suppose these unanimous replies seal its fate.

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  Reply # 1041339 10-May-2014 14:50
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You can get new 40" for $400

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  Reply # 1041387 10-May-2014 16:32
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^^^ Exactly.

While it will be an off-brand unit at that price, a $400 40-inch unit will be capable of displaying an HD picture, have HDMI inputs, have a Freeview Tuner, and come with a warranty. None of which the second hand plasma will have.


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  Reply # 1041390 10-May-2014 16:39
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Might as well make the offer before I chuck it on trademe. I have a 1920*1080 42" Philips LCD I'll sell for the same price of $300. HDMI inputs, full HD, etc. No built-in Freeview, but I have a set-top Freeview HD receiver somewhere (maybe $20 more for that).

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  Reply # 1041420 10-May-2014 17:46
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Tell him $50 for it and you will take it away. IME old plasmas are better space heaters and if it's anything more than a garage tv you will spend more on running it than paying off something more modern.


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  Reply # 1042714 12-May-2014 23:23
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mine is about that old, does 848x480 resolution, has only DVI (no hdmi), and was (from memory) 60,000 hours till 'half bright'.  it will probably still last a lot longer, but the lack of hdmi, higher resolution, etc, means you're better off paying double that for a brand new cheap LG or other

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  Reply # 1043267 13-May-2014 21:31
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I've had my Hitachi Plasma over 10 years and it's still going great. 

Saying that, I don't think I'd buy one that old, let alone at that price! 

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