My attitude to consumer electronics is that it's all low-quality; If it's only just out of warranty it may be worth repairing but as things age beyond 3 years I don't usually bother, the exception being Samsung's which had a bout of exceeding low-quality caps, easy to replace with ones that last a good deal longer. I'm not aware of that issue affecting Bravias though.
I used to repair things but realistically even Japanese goods are made in China these days so the solder dries out, capacitors age, everything is built to survive the warranty period at minumum cost and no design effort or component cost is considered to produce something with durability or reliability beyond this time. Once a 3+ year item dies, you can replace the failed part or board but other boards in the unit are likely degrading at the same rate as the failed board.
You'll potentially spend more over the next 3+ years replacing parts for your Bravia than you would on a completely new product with superior specs all round. It, too, will be a cheap and nasty made-in-China thing, but at least all the low-quality PCB and cheap-ass parts will be brand new and under warranty.
They just don't make stuff like they used to, just be thankful that things are much, much cheaper than they used to be, in relative inflation-adjusted terms at least
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on Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:26 am, edited 1 time in total.
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