In November of 2006 we grabbed a Black Friday special… a 42” Plasma TV for $999.
Brand: VIORE… There’s plenty of speculation on the Internet as to what this really is under the plastic.
Feature for feature it was a great TV for the price at the time. Its biggest shortcoming was a single HDMI input. But again at the time that wasn’t uncommon. The only complaint was it was really slow switching inputs.
I really enjoyed this TV, it was bright, and sharp. Colors were good, but it was reflective as hell which made watching TV in the daylight with the windows open troublesome.
16 months later it’s dead as I suspect most VIORE TV’s are. It also appears that we got more use out of ours than most people did.
Viore as a company is pretty sad. They don’t answer their phones or return emails. We had a hell of a time finding someone to service it. We finally did and the results are in.
It needs two boards replaced: $200-$300 each, plus labor at an estimated $200.
So: $600 to $800 to repair a TV that we paid $999 for. That really blows.
I understand it’s pretty expensive to repair just about any TV these days, but this brand should be avoided if at all possible.