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Need Advice Attempt to fix or not worth it?

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by christinaandrob, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. christinaandrob

    christinaandrob New Member

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    A friend has a 60" Sony Grand Wega that they want to see if it's worth fixing. There are 2 issues. First there is a greenish tint - not sure what's causing it.

    Issue 2 is that after being on for 15 min. it turns itself off for 30 sec. and then restarts.

    Is it worth fixing either of these? Any suggestions on who to contact to fix these if yes, it's worth it?

    Here's a link to the actual TV
    http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs...0151&langId=-1&partNumber=KDF60XS955#features

    My gut tells me it's not worth it but I am not sure. Thank you!
     
  2. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Looks like that's a rear-projection model, a lot like the Sony I used to have. The greenish tint can be two things; either your UHP bulb is on its last legs, or the LCD panels which reside near the bulbs have begun to distort.

    The issue I had with mine, which turns out to be a common issue with Sony rear-projection units (and why they stopped producing them for fear of being sued through a class-action) is that there is massive heat buildup around the bulb/LCD area. Over time, the heat gradually changes the properties of the LCD panels to the point of permanently damaging them. In my case, I started to get blue 'splotches' on certain parts of my screen which gradually began to spread as the panels deteriorated. It also caused some pixels to go bad at an alarming rate.

    Is it worth 'fixing'? Well, a couple things need to be answered first. How long have you had the TV, about how many hours/day was it used and did you ever replace the bulb. My guess is you've had the TV for about 4 years. Changing the bulb if you've never replaced it *might* solve your issue. What worries me is your second issue, the restarts. To me, that signals a serious 'heat' issue. The TV turns itself off to 'protect itself' from overheating a component. Is this related to the bulb? Could be. My guess is it has something to do with the power supply, but that's just me guessing.

    Overall, is it worth 'fixing'? Nope. Save your money; you've had a few good years from that TV and it's time to move on to a technology that doesn't involve mirrors, bulbs, etc. Look for a good sale on a name-brand set and go for it. You'll be extremely happier, you'll have a much better image and it will support 1080p which your current set does not. When you're looking at a 60"+ set, it's best to get something that can display the best quality HD format, which is 1080p.

    Personally, I like LG and Vizio brands. I have a 65" LG LED LCD at home which was an upgrade from my Sony Wega rear-projection. You'll be amazed at how you got used to a crappy image thinking it was good, once you get a newer model...

    Good luck!
     
  3. rich351854

    rich351854 New Member

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    As a side we had the power off issue because my daughter had shoved a coin in a slot on the TV... you might want to look...
     
  4. christinaandrob

    christinaandrob New Member

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    thanks eric - that was my thought too! i appreciate your feedback.
     
  5. joy

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    We had a Sony LCD rear projection that began to get yellow splotches. I turned to the internet to figure out if that could be a bulb issue (which we had never replaced) and found out it was widespread. There's a very helpful website (not a scam) that lists how to get Sony to give you a deal on one of their new TVs, points you to forums about the issues, and repair possibilities. Check out http://sites.google.com/site/sonylcdrptvproblems/. We got a great deal on a new 60" Sony LCD flat screen TV through talking to Sony.
     
  6. christinaandrob

    christinaandrob New Member

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    thanks so much Joy!
     
  7. gunzour

    gunzour "Living on the Edge"

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    I had a 36" Sony Wega that developed a couple of issues:

    1) occasionally it would have a deep red tint over the entire screen. A TV repairman came to our house and told us it was toast and needed to be replaced. However I don't give up that easy -- I removed the back cover from the TV, sprayed some compressed air to remove dust build up, and tapped some of the connections to shake loose any stubborn dust. This got rid of the red tint and the TV has lasted for years since then.

    2) sometimes if the TV is cold it exhibits a greenish tint, usually in one of the bottom corners. This I have not been able to resolve completely, but I've learned that if you leave the TV on for 15 minutes or so, and then power-cycle it, the discoloration will go away on the power cycle and stay away until the next cold start.
     
  8. christinaandrob

    christinaandrob New Member

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    thanks all for the feedback! called Sony customer relations last night and they are sending my friend a new LED TV!!!!!
     
  9. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    wow - lucky them. most of us with well known sony XBR projection system problems got zilch from sony.
     

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