July 20th, 2018


The TV Dilemma

About 2 or 3 years ago our TV went on the fritz. It was a 10-year old 55" projection model that we paid $2,000+ for at the time. It really made no sense to plop down $500 on repairs when we could get a state-of-the-art 64" LCD UHD Smart TV for $1000. It has been a great set until the other day when it too went on the fritz. There was no picture and no way to access the menu. Everything is done via the remote control. There is an on and off switch on the back, but that's about it. So I called the Geek Squad and they gave it a look. It's either a $20 sensor or a $300 motherboard. Of course they'll try to replace the sensor first. If that solves the problem, cool! If it's the motherboard, I still think I'll just have them replace it. The big difference between now and then is that there has been no great leap in technology. We could get a new set of the same size for $800, but why spend the extra $$$ on essentially the same set? For now we're getting by with the TV we had in the bedroom. It "only" has a 32" screen which looks laughably small when placed in front of our 64" monster. I joked with Kitty last night while we were watching it that it seems like it was only a few years ago when a 32" set would have been a huge screen. What was also funny was that I carried it from upstairs to down with one hand. We still have a couple of old CRT sets in the garage that probably weigh 2-3 times what the new bigger flat screens weigh.