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Second Venturer under cabinet tv and now this one is dying too
on October 23, 2011
Our newest one (this one) is just over 1 year old and the volume has gone crazy - we used to listen at 4 or 5 level, but then the other day it suddenly jumped, and now a 2 level is too load (like a 7 or 8 original), and a 1 level is too low (basically sound is off). This is our second unit and it lasted just over a year - The previous one lasted just about 2 years. On the previous one the unit started loosing the channels, at first only once in a while when you turned the tv on, but then every time you turned it on. You then had to go through the 10 mins or so to auto-program the channels. That lasted a little bit (month or so), and then it started happening while you were watching (about 1/2 hour in). In that case the screen went to blue, and you either got some strange error signal lost, with a bunch of random characters (numbers, letters, symbols) all over the screen. Sometimes just the gobbled up characters. In those cases unplugging the unit was the only way to unfreeze it/turn it off. After a while (at least 5 mins), you could turn the TV on, but now you had to reset everything, not just the channels. At that point I figured we just got a lemon and unlucky the warranty ran out, but now this one barely made it a year (just past warranty). Looks like I might just have to muffle the speakers for now, but if it is like the first one, I expect it will be a steady downhill slide to uselessness in the coming weeks/months. Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me :-(
I will stick to my guns this time and keep searching for a reputable company to buy from next time, but from my quick search it appears only Venturer and Coby sell these types of under cabinet TVs, so it might be time to lose the kitchen TV (wife won't like that prospect, but we can't keep throwing $230 away once a year. Cannot recommend.