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Early Adopters Experiencing More Bugs? 129

As the pressure to push out new technology product continues, early adopters are continuing to experience trouble. A reader wrote to mention a USA Today article about some recent new product problems. From the article: "Philips Electronics revealed Friday that it is recalling 11,800 plasma television sets. The Ambilight TVs were sold in the USA from June 2005 to January 2006 for $3,000 to $5,000. Faulty capacitors inside the sets can spark. Nine incidents have been reported, but retardant material inside the TVs has prevented any fires, spokeswoman Katrina Blauvelt says. The problem is not expected to affect other brands, because it is a part related to Philips' unique Ambilight feature, which casts a colored glow on the wall behind the TV."
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Early Adopters Experiencing More Bugs?

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  • by iainl ( 136759 ) on Monday March 20, 2006 @09:46AM (#14956217)
    Of this story [slashdot.org], to be precise. To repeat what was said there, this has nothing to do with the actual plasma TV tech, and is purely a problem with the multicoloured lights they have round the back of the TV. Which can be turned off until you get a chance to send it off for the fix.
  • Bad Caps Abound (Score:4, Informative)

    by No Salvation ( 914727 ) on Monday March 20, 2006 @09:49AM (#14956240) Homepage Journal
    Yeah, Philips is known for having products with bad caps. I've had a couple Philips DVD players stop working for this very reason. There are whole forums devoted to the issue, you think they would have found a new supplier of low ESR caps by now. In any case no more Philips for me.
  • by iainl ( 136759 ) on Monday March 20, 2006 @09:49AM (#14956241)
    Obviously, the plan wasn't to set fire to the TV as part of the lighting run. But when this works properly, it's rather good. The idea is that the light in your peripheral vision both helps reduce eyestrain, and it subjectively enhances image quality by helping to compensate for the contrast limitations of some displays. As such it's of rather more use on LCD than Plasma however.
  • Not 1st revision (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 20, 2006 @10:00AM (#14956301)
    Ambilight was in many products before, this probably just was a fluke.
    If you would see the original request (check DUPE), you would see the problem only relates to a limited set of production dates (uptil week 34 '05).

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