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I only recently disposed of my yr 2000 model, as it died last year. Bad enough it only lasted just over 5 years (and at $2500), but I'm lucky the damn thing didn't catch fire as well!

Never buying Loewe again. :blink:

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Mine is affected. They're offering free repairs and/or a 15-25% discount on a newer model Loewe. For my Calida 5684Z they're offering a Xelos A32 LCD - 1366x768 with built-in SD tuner for between $2.6k and $2.9k

WHAT A RIPOFF! I can pick up something at the same resolution with more inputs and features at half of that price! Plus some retailers are advertising this set at $2.5k retail! Surely they can do better than this!

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They're all the same gtr73

No one of the large CE manufacturers is making Tv's , or anything electronic , to last anymore

Hi

I read an article last Year that laid the blame on the decline of the German Electronics Industry on EEC regulations ,particulary the enviromental ones. It probaly won't make much difference as the Chinese(Taiwan & Mainland) are buying up all the old established Co.'s at a regular rate.

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Basil

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They're all the same gtr73

No one of the large CE manufacturers is making Tv's , or anything electronic , to last anymore

Hi

I read an article last Year that laid the blame on the decline of the German Electronics Industry on EEC regulations ,particulary the enviromental ones. It probaly won't make much difference as the Chinese(Taiwan & Mainland) are buying up all the old established Co.'s at a regular rate.

Regards

Basil

One thing about my Loewe is it was a gorgeous picture and just about anyone that saw it would comment that. Pity the brand has declined so much but I think I was more a victim of an over-priced Australian market for European products rather than actually ending up with a dud unit.

When I purchased my Loewe back in 2000 they were considered high-end equipment - it was actually made in Germany and better than just about any picture around unless you forked out 5 figures in $$$. And this is before widescreens, plasmas and LCDs came into prominence. Grundig was considered up there too, but now I see Dick Smith Electronics and Tandy sell Grundig stuff these days.

At least the demise of my 4:3 Loewe gave me an excuse to upgrade to a widescreen! :blink:

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I read an article last Year that laid the blame on the decline of the German Electronics Industry on EEC regulations ,particulary the enviromental ones...

Basil

sounds possible- maybe they were forced to use Eco -friendly components that weren't as robust as the cadmium/mercury /lead whatever materials.

I say F*** the environment and lets go back to landfill clogging , cancer causing CRT projectors !!!! :blink:

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sounds possible- maybe they were forced to use Eco -friendly components that weren't as robust as the cadmium/mercury /lead whatever materials.

I say F*** the environment and lets go back to landfill clogging , cancer causing CRT projectors !!!! :blink:

True.. but then, I prefer the idea of disposable goods since they're getting cheaper & cheaper all the time.. Good excuse to upgrade..

I had a grudig TV once that last for like 10+ years (I grew up with it watching Transformers, TMNT, etc).... then my parents brought a Sony Triniton that exploded in 2 years. Things has gone all downhill since..... Anyday now the capacitors on my computer motherboard will leak...

The recall was first announced almost one month ago(1st post in this thread), and Loewe only start to do newspapers bulletins, how slow/irresponsible can they get? :D And they're still trying to put spin on things....

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Not sure if this is public knowledge. But if you own an older generation of Loewe TV, there's a recall.

More info here:

http://www.recalls.gov.au/view_recall_deta...l_ID_Auto=14741

I have a 10 yr old Grundig crt tv that went up in smoke (literally) on friday night. Yesterday Loewe starts recalling sets made with Loewe and AHB picture tubes.

Does anyone here know if Grundig and Loewe use/used the same suppliers with their crt tvs, possibly AHB? They ARE both German.

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Basil

Any chance u can find that article- sounds like a good read.

Hi

I try and backtrack my steps when i have some Time on the Weekend and Post a link.

It started as a Google on Thomson TV's.

As already posted it mentioned that a Date had been set for the banning of the use of Heavy Metals in Production and that around 90%(from memory) of the components(in TV's) have to be suitable for Landfill.

Regards

Basil

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Im pretty sure that Grundig tubes were sourced from Phillips

thanks. I tried to replace it with a Philips but ended up with a Panasonic. None of the quality brands make CRT tvs anymore.

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One thing about my Loewe is it was a gorgeous picture and just about anyone that saw it would comment that. Pity the brand has declined so much but I think I was more a victim of an over-priced Australian market for European products rather than actually ending up with a dud unit.

When I purchased my Loewe back in 2000 they were considered high-end equipment - it was actually made in Germany and better than just about any picture around unless you forked out 5 figures in $$$. And this is before widescreens, plasmas and LCDs came into prominence. Grundig was considered up there too, but now I see Dick Smith Electronics and Tandy sell Grundig stuff these days.

At least the demise of my 4:3 Loewe gave me an excuse to upgrade to a widescreen! :blink:

gtr73, I was on the verge of ditching my Calida 5684 also. The transformer blew a few years ago and the picture had a horrible bluish tinge and lots of visible scanlines after that. I had the recall repair done last week and the tech fiddled a bit with the insides and got rid of the scanlines and tinge, was an oversight by the tech who replaced the transformer.

The picture is back to looking awesome, even with 16,000 hours of duty.

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On the note of heavy metals not being allowed in the EU anymore... you can thank a little bird called "RoHS" - reduction of hazardous materials.

Basically it's the whole "lead/cadmium/mecury/etc-free" stance that the EU has taken. It's driving up the cost of goods manufacturing considerably, and thus to retain the low prices consumers demand; manufacturers have had to take shortcuts on the quality.

Blame ze stupid EU!!

Anyway... back O.T..... I just called about my Xelos, it's affected so they put me in touch with the nearest service centre, and they are sending a technician out on thursday morning (earliest i am available)

I wouldnt expect such service and support from the likes of LG, Sony, etc.

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hey guys what are the problems with sticking a digital tuner into the back of a lcd computer monitor and using it as a tv for my room?

i just thought it would be cheaper than buying a tv so what are the disadvantages?

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Has anyone had their TV repaired after filling in the web form to register their TV sets? I have had no response from Loewe or their agent after 6 weeks.

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Has anyone had their TV repaired after filling in the web form to register their TV sets? I have had no response from Loewe or their agent after 6 weeks.
The registration is misleading and used only by Loewe Germany. The only part relevant to Oz is the check of the serial number. You will need to call International Dynamics directly.
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Has anyone had their TV repaired after filling in the web form to register their TV sets? I have had no response from Loewe or their agent after 6 weeks.

You should ring this hotline number 1800 661 922.

Have your Serial Number & Article Number ready (should be on receipt or back of set)

They will confirm if your set is affected & tell you who to ring.

Then I waited for 3 weeks for the Service Tech to come out.

My set turned out to be OK.

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Hmm, lucky I stumbled across this thread. I'd never have realised our Planus was affected otherwise!

I don't suppose there's any people here from Canberra with reports on the checking/repair service?

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Is that in reference to my post or has something else been deleted? If it's in reference to my post, is it a criminal offence around these parts to say if you received good after sales service from an industry supplier? :wacko:

I think there was a porn spam post after yours yesterday .... :angry:

J.

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My Xelos was affected. Rang Service centre on Wednesday and tech was out at 9:00am following Friday. Problem fixed within 15 minutes with soldering iron - unbelievable. Whole process was extremely painless. After reading some of the comments, guess I have been lucky. Elapse time from finding out that my set was affected to problem solved was 4 days.

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Fixed, or checked out?

Fixed(soldered). It's one of the affected sets.

The only prob I've ever had with the set is with a purity patch the size of a football when a totally red screen is displayed.

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