Quoted from brz:
I bought a Met Pro from a guy a couple months ago who purchased it brand new.Two weeks ago I turned it on and there is a column of dots that are always lit.I called Stern today and they asked me to find out what distributor he got it from and go that route.With a little more discussion they said if I sent it to them they would replace it.With all these issues popping up do you think there should be a recall on these display's?Looking at these new boards coming out I see the components are so small,it is getting beyond my capability to fix them.Pretty soon it will come to a point where you don't fix it,you throw it away and buy another.
It's sad, but that seems to be the trend with products today, instead of being able to repair them, you throw them away and buy a new one. Look at tvs, the older ones seemed to last forever, but the new stuff only seems to last a few years. It will get to a point (if it hasn't already) where you just throw the circuit boards away, and buy new ones when they go bad because they are unrepairable. It will be a sad day because you know they will put a premium on replacement boards. They already cost to much now.