Last week, my television died.
It had been circling the drain for a while, so the end wasn’t exactly a surprise. I bought it less than two years ago. It came with a 90-day warranty, and it started acting up around day 93. The entire set would cut out while I was watching a show, but if I unplugged it and plugged it back in, it would spring back to life. This continued on and off for about 18 months, but last week it didn’t spring back after unplugging it several times, and even after waiting a few days and trying again. All attempts to resuscitate it failed. May it rest in peace.
It was a 30-inch widescreen HDTV, the last of its breed with a flat-screen tube. It was a 120-pound lemon from Philips. I will never intentionally buy another television made by them. If they’re the only company left on the planet making televisions, I’ll start reading more.
Since I do like to watch television, replacing the set was a high priority. In the past, I’ve always bought new televisions from local retailers, but I decided to try something different this time. I bought my new set online. I was a little nervous about buying something so big this way, but the selection and the price made it worth the risk. A few recommendations from some co-workers put my mind at ease and also convinced me I was getting a good price.
Long story short, my new Ölevia 37-inch LCD widescreen HDTV arrived at my home Wednesday, and I’m very pleased with my purchase. I brought a few of the guys from work over to my place at lunch time, and they helped move the old set out of the way and put the new one in its place. When I got home, I hooked up all the inputs and fired it up. The picture is beautiful, and the screen seems huge compared to the old set. The sound is good, not great, but that’s common with built-in speakers. It also has integrated analog and digital tuners, which works very well for me, since I don’t have cable.
The first thing I did after setting it up was to give it the Matrix test. It passed with flying colors.