Welcome to Thompson Electronics located in Columbus Ohio, A NESDA Approved certified service center ohio, providing professional repair on all major brands of TV, Projection Televisions, Pro AV Projector , VCR, Time Lapse Video Recorders, Microwave Ovens, Computer Monitors, and Component Stereo Systems. A family owned and operated consumer electronics certified service center devoted to customer satisfaction!
As a independent csc, certified service center, we are factory authorized for many consumer electronics manufacturer's , including hitachi, SONY, pansonic, yamaha, thomson , rca , GE , proscan , philips philco , magnavox , philips , crosley , mga , mitsubishi , philco , magnavox , toshiba , sharp , samsung , zenith, sanyo, JVC, and daewoo. we also support panasonic and pioneer .
Zip Code Coverage, 43001, ALEXANDRIA, 43002, AMLIN, 43004, BLACKLICK, 43016, DUBLIN, 43017, DUBLIN, 43018, ETNA, 43021, GALENA, 43023, GRANVILLE, 43025, HEBRON, 43026, HILLIARD, 43031, JOHNSTOWN, 43035, LEWIS CENTER, 43046, MILLERSPORT, 43054, NEW ALBANY, 43055, NEWARK, 43056, HEATH, 43062, PATASKALA, 43065 POWELL, 43068, REYNOLDSBURG, 43073, SUMMIT STATION, 43081, WESTERVILLE, 43082, WESTERVILLE, 43085, COLUMBUS, 43105, BALTIMORE, 43109, BRICE, 43110, CANAL WINCHESTER, 43119, GALLOWAY, 43123, GROVE CITY, 43125, GROVEPORT, 43136, LITHOPOLIS, 43137, LOCKBOURNE, 43146, ORIENT, 43147, PICKERINGTON, 43201, 43202, 43203, 43204, 43205, 43206, 43207, 43209, COLUMBUS, 43210, 43211, 43212, 43213, 43214, 43215, 43217, 43219, 43220, 43221, 43222, 43223, 43224, 43227, 43228, 43229, 43230, 43231, 43232, 43234, 43235, 43236, 43240
we are authorized by many of the third party extended contracts and manufacture's extended warranty . This would include: ids, new, national electronics , nwc, national warranty corporation, vac, video aids corporation, john alden ,voyager , warrantech , tandy , best buy , philips , priority , zenith video tech , and thomson . Of course if your unit is not cover by warranty or a contract we would be happy to estimate the repair cost for you. below you will find shipping instructions to send us your unit for repair. Our specialty is consumer electronics, however we also do time lapse vcr .
We can handle your time lapse video recorder and maintenance. We understand that turn around time is very important for machines used in security applications. Your TIME LAPSE VCR unit will receive priority listing by a professional technician within 24 hour of arrival to our facility. Time lapse VCR require yearly maintenance. This would include checking and or replacement of the video head, tension band, brakes belts pinch roller assembly Idler and clutch assembly. Cleaning and lubricating of the Capstan bearing take up and supply table and a complete cleaning of the tape path. WE support mga burle panasonic toshiba sanyo and govideo. 3m blackwatch is a good head cleaning tape to use.
Please check out our Shipping page for instructions to safely ship us your unit. Dealers and security specialist welcome. Our facility can supply your company with reuseable shipping cartons to ship your time lapse VCR All time lapse video recorder's receive priority attention within 24 hour from arrival to our facility. Feel free to email or give us a call to discuss rates, turn around time and shipping.
We are an authorized certified service center in ohio for RCA GE and proscan (manufactured by thomson consumer electronics) products serviced include: big screen television , projection , combo's and rca home audio systems. Call or email for details on repair, some unit's are factory repair only. We are not thomson consumer electronics We are however factory authorized and do support their products including proscan tv and proscan stereo
Authorized service hitachi digital electronics , hitachi , dlp, tv, big screen , hitachi stereo tv repair and hitachi projection.
Mitsubishi or MGA factory authorized certified service center for: TV , dlp, MGA Projection , mga chassis , Mitsubishi tv repair big screen and stereo audio equipment.
Toshiba products serviced include: television, tv repair big screen projection tv, combo's , dvd players , Toshiba computer monitors , microwave oven , dlp and chassis
Philips-Magnavox The manufacture of Philips Philips-Magnavox magnavox Crosley and philco and products serviced in our repair center tv repair include: TV, big screen , Television, chassis , combo, computer monitor , dvd player , cd player , and home audio products. We have been an authorized service facility since 1982 and have a large supply of factory original parts.
Sharp authorized certified service center includes: television , Sharp vcr , professional tv repair , combo , audio products , Professional Tape recorders, dlp, Microwave Oven , Sharp, plasma, dlp, lcd, projection TV service, vacuum cleaners
Samsung products serviced include: television, vcr , combo's , tv repair , and home theater audio systems , plasma, dlp, lcd, projection TV service
Proton including: tv repair video products Including tv, and dolby pro logic audio systems
plasma, dlp, lcd, projection TV service
Zenith includes: television , tv repair, projection , pro av projector , chassis , big screen, plasma, dlp, lcd, projection TV service
Go-video products serviced include: go-video dubbing decks and time lapse video recorders tv repair
Need a part. Just E-mail us you request along with the location number (this is usually the number on the PC board) any part number you may have, and the make and model of the unit. Please include your shipping address , City , State , and Zip code so we can calculate shipping cost. we sale original remote control from many oem manufacturers. We have a large selection of factory OEM parts from manufactures like Philips , philco , Thomson , sony, Toshiba , hitachi , panasonic , Zenith , pioneer and Samsung . We carry many universal remote in stock from $15.95-$39.95 If you have tried the universal remote and find they do not do what you want, we can order the factory original remote oem control. We need make and model of your unit. We use the ASTI replacement video heads. we carry original remote control from many oem manufacturers
We are now accepting units shipped to us via UPS, RPS and Federal Express. If your unit is under guarantee, or covered by a third party extended contract, check the links at the bottom of the this page to ensure we can honor your warranty. Please follow these suggestions in order to safely send us your unit. Cover the unit with a plastic bag and seal if possible. This will stop the packing material from entering the unit. Make sure the unit is well packed with a lot of padding on all six sides.
Include a complete description of the problem. If the unit is a VCR include a video tape that will show us the problem. This can be very helpful in finding intermittent problems. Include the original remote control to allow us to test unit completely. Please do not send us your universal remote. Include Contact Information (name, address, phone number, email address,city, state and zip code.) If the unit is still under warranty, send us a copy of your sales receipt, and or a copy of your extended contract.
Include the advanced payment of $42.25 This will be applied to the repair if you approve the estimate given. If you decline repairs, your unit will be returned to you at no additional cost, providing it can be shipped UPS ground, within the United States. Our normal turnaround time is 3-5 days. (Not to include shipping time or weekends.) Our warranty is 90 days parts and labor.
E-mail is the fastest most economical way to communicate. We will use E-Mail, unless you specify otherwise, to keep you informed of the progress of your repair, to notify you upon receipt of your merchandise to our facility, to provide estimates, and to inform you of completion. Do not hesitate to contact us to about any question you may have concerning your merchandise. Our sole function is to please you our customer, and give you the highest quality service.
NESDA members , are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards, and to provide outstanding technical expertise. Visit the NESDA site before you have your equipment serviced.
The Thompson family is committed to each and every customer. Our goal is to provide the necessary service, to do it right the first time, and to make your visit a pleasurable experience. Thompson Electronics, A Center with old fashioned values, but with the newest techniques, training, and technical support.
Thompson Electronics is authorized service center for Toshiba , Zenith , and Philips , philco , Magnavox brand dvd , dvd players. we are working with panasonic and pioneer
Today's conventional NTSC TV signals are transmitted with an aspect ratio of 4:3 (the nearly square TV picture to which you are accustomed). All HDTV and some SDTV signals will be transmitted with an aspect ratio of 16:9 in
the near future. HDTV broadcasts are delivered in the exciting, new 16:9 wide-screen format, the same aspect ratio in which movies are made. Most plasma TVs are manufactured in the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.This wide view lends itself to better DVD viewing because it displays the motion picture in its originally intended aspect ratio format.
Most video devices accept composite and S-video as two types of signal transmission. Almost all plasma tvs will accept both inputs. However, there is a new standard known as component video. Some of the new DVD players offer a component
video output signal in addition to composite and S-video. You will also be able to get component video signals from some satellite systems. Televisions and projectors that are equipped to handle the component video signal will produce a superior video image than those which cannot. If you are interested in optimizing video performance, and you have a video source that offers component video output, check to see which of the plasma tvs on your list are capable of accepting a component video signal. The spec sheet may say component video, or alternatively (Y, R-Y, B-Y) or YPbPr.
The Big Picture
Most TVs with screens larger than about 40 inches diagonal are rear-projection designs. They project a video image inside a box and direct it by means of lenses and mirrors onto the inner surface of a translucent screen. Until fairly recently, all used cathode-ray tubes, or CRTs, to create the image. Although this technique works well, the chassis is heavy and requires a relatively large, usually floor-standing cabinet.
As screens have grown and TV has begun migrating to the new, wider 16:9 aspect ratio (ratio of width to height), CRT-based designs have become increasingly cumbersome. This has opened the door to new technologies that offer similar or better performance in lighter, more compact enclosures.
Regardless of technology, today's rear-projection TVs are, virtually without exception, high-definition displays, able to take full advantage of the new digital HDTV broadcasting system. (HDTV provides wide-screen pictures with much greater clarity and detail than conventional television.) Although many still require external tuners for HDTV reception, the number with built-in HD tuners is growing steadily, and this will be a standard feature within a couple of years. All include tuners for regular analog broadcast and cable TV. Ability to receive digital cable without a set-top box is spotty at this point, but that's another feature that will become more common over time. Built-in satellite TV tuners are rare and likely to remain so.
Most rear-projection TVs are CRT-based. They generate pictures using three tubes, one for each of the primary colors, red, green, and blue. The images from the three cathode-ray tubes are carefully aligned, or converged, to create a single, full-color picture. For more than 50 years, CRTs were the only means of producing television pictures (hence the name picture tube), so the technology is very mature and capable, at its best, of excellent performance. Its principle drawback is bulk. Sets typically are about 2 feet deep and weigh well over 100 pounds. And though some tabletop models are available, the great majority are freestanding. Screens range from 40 to more than 70 inches diagonal, and prices run from just under $1000 to about $7000.
CRT-based rear-projection TVs require precise convergence of their red, green, and blue tubes to deliver maximum detail and prevent color fringing. Controls are provided to accomplish this manually or automatically (or both). Generally speaking, the more points on the screen at which convergence can be adjusted, the better.
Another issue with CRTs is that they are subject to image burn-in. When one area of a tube is used more than the rest, the light-emitting phosphor coating in that region will age faster than on the rest of the tube. In severe cases, the result can be faint but permanent ghost images. (This is why manufacturers caution about the use of game consoles with CRT rear-projection TVs--many games have static backgrounds.) But you can minimize the risk of burn-in by using reasonable contrast and brightness settings--which almost always means turning down the controls from their typically overzealous factory settings.
All RPTVs exhibit some falloff in image brightness as you move away from directly in front of them, either horizontally or vertically, but this effect is generally most dramatic with CRT models. Some also exhibit noticeable hot spotting--greater brightness at the center of the screen than at the edges or corners--though this is less of a problem than it used to be.
Like multiscanning computer monitors, CRT-based sets have the unique capability of adapting their display characteristics to the incoming video signal. This didn't matter in the old days when all TV pictures were in the same 480i format, but now there are at least three others to contend with: 480p, 720p, and 1080i. The number corresponds to the number of horizontal scan lines (or pixel rows) used to create an image, while the letter indicates whether the images are interlaced or progressive.
The 480p format is what you get from a progressive-scan DVD player, while 720p and 1080i are the two HDTV formats. Most CRT sets provide two display formats, usually 480p and 1080i, converting other formats to one of those two. (Typically, 480i is converted to 480p and 720p to 1080i.) Although some CRT rear-projection sets still have old-style screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio, most are 16:9 wide-screen displays.
The oldest and most widely used alternative imaging device in RPTVs is the liquid-crystal display, or LCD. A number of manufacturers now use small LCD panels and high-intensity lamps to produce lightweight, high-performance rear-projection TVs. Even a 60-inch set will be less than 18 inches deep and weigh not much more than a hundred pounds. And LCD sets can go on a shelf; floor stands are optional. Screens range from 40 to 60 inches diagonal, and prices range from about $2500 to $5000.
LCDs are not susceptible to burn-in or misconvergence and do not gradually lose brightness over time as CRTs do. On the other hand, they have a harder time producing deep blacks and gradations of dark gray, which can make LCD sets look a little washed out compared with CRTs. Manufacturers have worked hard to mitigate this weakness, however, and the best LCD projectors tend not to be as obviously challenged in this respect as they once were. All LCD rear-projection TVs are wide-screen displays, usually with a resolution of either 1280 by 720 (720p) or 1366 by 768.
Digital light-processing projectors are based on Texas Instruments' Digital Micromirror Device, which is actually a chip manufactured using semiconductor-fabrication techniques. Its method of operation sounds preposterous--thousands of microscopic mirrors flipping back and forth under microprocessor control--but is spectacularly effective. As with LCD sets, the light source is a user-replaceable, high-intensity lamp that will last for years in normal use. In fact, DLP and LCD rear-projection TVs are very similar in nearly every aspect of their physical construction, sharing the light weight and shallow cabinet depth that are such a big part of their appeal. Screens range from 43 to 61 inches diagonal; prices run from about $3200 to $5000.
Also like LCD sets, DLP projectors are not subject to burn-in, misconvergence, or declining brightness with age. Their handling of blacks and dark grays is superior, however--closer to the performance of CRTs. A very small number of people occasionally notice a fleeting separation of colors (rainbows) on moving objects when they move their heads or eyes quickly. But for the great majority this is not an issue. All current DLP rear-projection TVs are wide-screen displays with a resolution of 1280 by 720 (720p), and almost all are tabletop designs.
Liquid crystal on silicon, or LCOS (also known as D-ILA, for direct-drive image light amplifier), is a liquid-crystal display technology. But unlike conventional transmissive LCD panels, LCOS chips use a reflective silicon substrate, so that light bounces off them rather than passing through. Like DLP and LCD, LCOS allows production of shallow, lightweight, high-performance displays. A big appeal of this technology has always been the tight pixel packing it allows, which helps keep the picture smooth on very big screens. Until recently, however, poor manufacturing yields kept availability down and prices high. Screens range from 44 to 82 inches diagonal; prices range from about $3200 to $20,000.
The relative youth of this technology and the variations of implementation make generalization difficult. Philips manufactures a series of tabletop LCOS TVs that use a single 1280 by 720 (720p) chip, more or less directly competitive with other companies' DLP offerings. Mitsubishi, on the other hand, makes a large, heavy floor-standing LCOS RPTV with a three-chip 1920 by 1080 (1080p) light engine
Web site was created and updated by Gary Thompson,CSM. Updated 12-20-2002