Well, almost 15 years old. Fifteen years this coming June. But yes, time for another flat-screen TV opinion thread.
The sound and picture both started acting up last Tuesday night. We called the local Sony office, and the lady was doubtful it could still be fixed, at least economically, given its age. But the repair guys who came out discovered it was not the picture tube as was suspected, but rather something called a “condensor.” They thought they could fix it on the spot, but it was still acting up even after they replaced the part. So they took it in. We’re still waiting for the verdict.
So now we’re thinking more about getting a new TV. I’m pretty set on getting a Bravia. Quality is what I look for in a set, and I don’t mind spending a little extra for good quality. I’m of the school of thought that says you actually save money by spending a little more, as you won’t have to fool with as many repair costs or have to replace it very often. Look how long out Trinitron lasted! We did have to take it in once when it was only a couple of years old, because the color started bleeding, but it’s been perfect ever since, until last week.
Now, I’d sort of like a 40" screen, but I finally had to agree with the wife that that would be just too big for the space we have. Even a 32" set is going to look rather large in the room; the 40" would be a little comical. Fortunately, I’ve learned that the Sony Bravia W series recently came out with a full-HD 32" set. In alll of the other series that have a 32" set, they are not full-HD, but rather have fewer pixels. You’d have to get a 40" on up for full HD in those series; that was a main reason I was considering a 40-incher. But with this 32" W, problem solved, the pixel count is up there. And the price seems right. It’s going for about 38,000 baht right now; that’s US$1056. I was expecting to have to pay much more. And they’re offering a 2000-baht ($56) rebate at the moment. So we’re thinking now even if we do get the Trinitron fixed, we can give it away and maybe get a Bravia now.
A friend upcountry got a Bravia a couple of years ago and loves it. It was only the S series, I believe, and he paid 50,000 baht for it at the time; the same set is going for about 26,000 baht now, so the prices have definitely come down. But like me, he’s a big fan of sony. His wife pointed out they could have bought three sets of a different brand for that amount of money, but he won’t have anything but a Sony. (He had a Trinitron before , too, that lasted maybe longer than ours did.)
So, Sony Bravia W series, 32". That’s what we’re looking at. Any advice or suggestions regarding this? We’ll probably make up our minds sometime this week.