Making TV's in the USA again............ Interesting stuff

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    Apr 28, 2012 12:48 PM GMT

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    Apr 28, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    I thought TV's were going to be phased out soon.
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    Just a few years ago you could buy Pioneer Plasma tv's which were made in America. Problem was they were so expensive that nobody would buy them even though they out performed any of their competitors. I would still take a pioneer plasma over any tv out there now, if i could still get my hands on one.
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI thought TV's were going to be phased out soon.


    By what ? 4K res LCD TV's are on the way soon so expect to see them for a long time yet.
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    I remember as a little kid, both my parents and grandparents had only Curtis Mathes (spelling?) TVs and audio equipment in the house.
    Those were really quality items made here in the US surprisingly so.
    They are all crammed up in the attics now.

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    Apr 28, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    I inherited an American made Zenith t.v. from the 70's (much like this one) and it had only one service call in its whole life. I had this set up until three years ago and it still had a reasonably good picture! The wood was a good quality walnut and the set was still as new. Will we ever see products again that aren't made with built-in obsolescence? Will we ever have any phone or t.v. last more than thirty years? (This is my rant for the day - - - - I sometimes resent having to buy new stuff that doesn't last very long, when I remember how beautifully things were once made).
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    This is good news. Especially for Detroit.

    But, they aren't "making" the sets, they are "assembling them" from foreign part sources. Like a foreign car brand that is "made" here typically involves an engine and transmission that has been imported as a module. My Volvo has an engine that was made in Sweden, attached to a transmission from Japan and surrounded by parts made in Germany.

    An "American Made" TV still has an LCD assembly imported from Korea, Japan, or Taiwan.
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    BkBkBk saidJust a few years ago you could buy Pioneer Plasma tv's which were made in America. Problem was they were so expensive that nobody would buy them even though they out performed any of their competitors. I would still take a pioneer plasma over any tv out there now, if i could still get my hands on one.


    Plasma still is the way to go for 3D due to its higher refresh rate over LCD. But, on PQ, LCDs caught up and use significantly less electricity. Now the marketing is aimed at having a half-inch thick TV to hang on the wall with built-in internet video streaming. Plasma can't do that.

    Pioneer's Kuro plasma had the best black-levels of any display ever made. And, even in 2010 when they stopped manufacturing them altogether in Japan, it was an $8,000 set.

    Japanese companies set up plans to assemble their sets in Mexico for North America. But, the tubes and subassemblies were built in Japan.
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    Damn it was? I was misled, bastards....still the pioneer kuros are still my favorite tv to ever come out so far. especially that 60" elite
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    BkBkBk saidDamn it was? I was misled, bastards....still the pioneer kuros are still my favorite tv to ever come out so far. especially that 60" elite


    Yup.

    This is Hitachi's line:


    Organic LED, or AMOLED stand a chance of being made here in the US as that process is basically screen-printing. Qualcomm is working on a Mirasol compact reflective display plant in the Bay area.

    But, I'm confident we will see auto transmissions assembled here again before we see computer displays.
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said504x_1981-Zenith-TV.JPG
    That's the exact same model of TV my parents had when I was growing up. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    BkBkBk saidJust a few years ago you could buy Pioneer Plasma tv's which were made in America. Problem was they were so expensive that nobody would buy them even though they out performed any of their competitors. I would still take a pioneer plasma over any tv out there now, if i could still get my hands on one.


    Pioneer sold its plasma technology to Panasonic. So, you can still get a "Pioneer". I bought two Panasonic Plasma TV's about 9 months ago and they are phenomenal. I didn't like LED because there was something very artificial about their picture.
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    Yeah panasonic is my second choice but they still dont seem to perform the same as the pioneers did.
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    Apr 28, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
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    BkBkBk saidJust a few years ago you could buy Pioneer Plasma tv's which were made in America. Problem was they were so expensive that nobody would buy them even though they out performed any of their competitors. I would still take a pioneer plasma over any tv out there now, if i could still get my hands on one.


    Pioneer sold its plasma technology to Panasonic. So, you can still get a "Pioneer". I bought two Panasonic Plasma TV's about 9 months ago and they are phenomenal. I didn't like LED because there was something very artificial about their picture.


    The problem is the color spectrum of "white" LED's are often too blue. Makes for a brighter picture on the shelf at Best Buy...just not an accurate picture.

    Older LCD displays use fluorescent bulbs as backlights. Easy to replace/repair. But, the metallized plastic reflectors needed to evenly distribute the light are at least half an inch thick, added to the back of the display.

    I work for a company that makes gear for dashboards of jumbo jets. A nice car has the same color of lighting on all the dashboard controls. But, everything comes from one company. Boeing and Airbus buy their dashboard panel gear from smaller companies. We have to carefully choose where those LEDs come from by their exact color, then further refine that using colored plastic filters inside the control panel so that the entire cockpit looks uniform. The floods in Thailand knocked out Toshiba's LED production. Not happy.

    I'm from the cellphone industry. "Does it light up? Cool. Ship it."