I am now the proud and absolutely delighted owner of a Pioneer plasma TV. The first thing I watched was "Amadeus", and though my expectations were unnaturally high, the Pioneer handily exceeded them. Simply unbelievable.
The set has a two-year in-home warranty on parts and labor, which strikes me as a bit short for such a product. (It really "should" be three years. Five would be even nicer.)
I can get an extended warranty for $1000. Said warranty extends Pioneer's warranty by only two years, but it is a complete replacement warranty. Should the set have three service problems of any kind (even minor ones, and they needn't be the same), or any unrepairable problem, the set will be replaced outright.
Of course, in a little less than a year, there won't be any more Pioneer plasmas to replace mine with. The installers said there had been major problems with about 5% of the Pioneers. That's not a high number, but the 1 in 20 probability of losing such a major investment leaves me a bit uncomfortable.
I don't feel like laying out another kilobuck. And though my experiences with consumer electronics over the past 45 years has been overwhelmingly positive (I've never had anything expensive break down -- other than my brand K amplification), I don't like the idea of getting a bit more than 2 years' use out of a product and then having to toss it (either because the parts aren't available, or I can't afford the repair).
This is what is called a dilemma ("two horns", in Greek).
Any views on the reliability of Pioneer plasma?
Thanks in advance.