Magnavox 37MF331D 37" 720p HD LCD Television Reviews
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Magnavox 37MF331D 37" 720p HD LCD Television

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Magnavox 37MF331D 37 in. LCD TV

Oct 19, 2010
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  • User Rating: Disappointing

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Pros:nice design, good picture, PIP

Cons:Unless you want problems avoid this television.

The Bottom Line: I would not recommend any Phillips/Magnavox television based on a faulty capacitor that causes the television to fail prematurely.


Our Magnavox 37MF331D 37 inch LCD TV was manufactured in July 2006. We bought the television new in mid May 2007. The television was bought on a whim without doing any research. It is a nice looking television with sleek lines, PIP and a nice picture. Had we done the research we would have seen others were already having powering problems with several Phillips/Magnavox television models. Given these types of problems we never would have bought the television. I started doing the research after we started having problems with our television.





Early this year our less than 3 year old from purchase date started having power issues. It started with the television not recognizing the power on command from the remote. Within a couple of weeks the power light would come on but blink a few times before the television would power on. Towards the end before we did the repair the blinking would last a good 20 minutes before the television would power on. I started looking for the cause of the problem online. The actual problem is a faulty capacitor that Phillips/Magnavox refuses to fix and if you call a repair person the average cost to fix this particular problem is about $800. The problem is affecting so many Phillips/Magnavox televisions that a class action law suit has been filed against the company. I called them in the hopes I would have a bit of luck with their customer service. That was a mistake! With a bit more searching I found pictures of how to replace this capacitor ourselves.





Faced with an $800 repair bill or replacing the television made us a bit more willing to take the gamble to fix the television ourself. We paid $5.99 for a 6 pk of capacitors but only used one of them. I posted about our http://gardengnomeathome.blogspot.com/2010/10/our-magavox-television-repair-job.html on this television on my home making blog if you are interesting in the pictures of the repair. The repair went quite smoothly even though we had never done this type of DIY project before. Upon reassembly the television powered on perfectly and the television continues to work without a problem.





I cannot in good faith say I would recommend a Phillips/Magnavox television to anyone. We certainly will not buy another product of theirs! The sad thing about all of this is it only cost us $1 for the capacitor to fix the television. Phillips/Magnavox is willing to stake their reputation for a part that wouldn't even cost them $1.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 700

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