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You know those vertical lines or spots that show up on your television when it’s about to die? I recently replaced a large TV with vertical, green lines running through the picture. Larger screen televisions can cost $1000 or more, yet most last only 3-5 years—not a great return on your investment.
Retired electronics engineer Mason Bolton III is a devoted student of television technology. Bolton claims his TV longevity guide can stretch the life of your television to 10 years or more. How To Get Longer Life From Your Big Screen Television Set is a practical manual that outlines numerous money-saving steps you can take to keep your television healthy. You’ll learn the signs of television aging, proper environment management, and simple settings that can add years to your TV’s life.
You don’t have to smell smoke, see dark spots, or hear crackling noises coming from your set for this book to be useful. Prevention is the key. While you are streaming hours of programming, your monitor may be quietly burning out components needed for optimum performance. Once the symptoms become noticeable, it may be too late.
Overheating is television kryptonite, so Bolton devotes several sections to tips on preventing overheating and promoting cooling. Some of the solutions are quick hacks and some are more involved, but even keeping your thermostat lower is a start. Bolton provides solutions for humidity, dust, and condensation, which can also be damaging. The book ends with an important bonus tip about streaming and a summary of the important points.
Having just had a TV burn out, I’m interested in getting the most out of my new television. I admit I imagined this book might be a bit technical and boring. On the contrary. Bolton refrained from overdoing the technical jargon and focused on practical solutions to keep your television ahead of the curve. Find out why it’s important to provide the optimum temperature, use the right power strip, understand your TV settings, and consider an external streaming box. As practical, money-saving household hacks go, this book is a gem.
Bolton’s writing is clear and accessible. With under 100 pages, the book consists of many short sections rather than numbered chapters. Some larger divisions, in the form of chapters or main headings might have helped organize the content a little better. The book does not appear to be professionally edited as I found quite a few errors, mostly in the realm of tense and verb form.
If you like to save money and you value in-home entertainment, you and your TV will love this book. I rate How To Get Longer Life From Your Big Screen Television Set 3 out of 4 stars for its practical, money-saving solutions. The editing errors prevent me from giving a perfect score. If you are on a budget or miss the day when consumers could fix their own appliances, you will enjoy this book. If you are even a little bit handy, you’ll be off and running from page one. Remember, doing these things could put a chunk of cash in your wallet that would have gone to a new television set.
How to Get Longer Life From Your Big Screen Television Set
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