People are understandably hesitant to spend a lot of money on unfamilar technology. Buyers should find some comfort in a statement contained in the November issue of Consumer Reports:
With more consumers buying flat-panel TVs, there’s a growing amount of data on reliability, and the news is good. During the first year or two of use, LCD and plasma TVs have been just as reliable overall as picture-tube TVs, which have historically required very few repairs.
This confirms what I’ve observed over time. LCD panels used in desktop computer monitors have proven to be at least as reliable as the old CRTs, and I have every reason to expect the same from LCD TVs. Having one of the most respected names in consumer product evaluation chime in, however, should help put to rest any uncertainty that some folks may have.