Summary: I bought this TV when it first came out with the custom stand for around $4200 with warranty. The optical block we replaced for free. After about 4 years, I replaced the bulb. It was about a 5 minute job. For those that say it's (3) hours... they are getting ripped off. You literally take about a few screens from the side panel, slide the old bulb out (in casing), and slide the new one in.
Summary: iTS AN OLD TV...........................................................................................................................................................................................
Over all Crystal clear picture best I have ever seen even to this day.
3 January 2012
Summary: I bought this TV back in 2005 I paid $3800.00 on sale at a local stereo shop. The picture is amazing, even though it isn't true 1080P. Almost all blue ray Drives will play on it in 780P format. It is Jan. 2012 now and I am searching for a new LED TV. During my search I am comparing the picture quality to my Sony SXRD and sadly I cannot find anything even in true 1080P format that rivals the clarity of my SXRD.
Summary: I'm just seeing this TV here while looking for other TV's and am reminded of my experience with it. I bought this TV in early 2006. By 2009 it became clear that, well, it wasn't clear anymore, everything took on a yellow-green hue. And I won't rehash it all here but there was indeed a number of class action lawsuits against this and other Sony rear-projection LCD units.
Avoid this set - design defect resulting in class action lawsuit
21 September 2011
Summary: This TV was very good when new. HOWEVER, it has a design defect which eventually results in poor color balance. The entire screen will have a green/yellow tint. The technical description is called optical blockage. There was a class action lawsuit against Sony for knowingly selling a defective set. Be warned - 100% of these sets will fail in this manner. It is a design defect that cannot be corrected.
Summary: Enter the model number in google and you will see the dozens of class action law suits associated with this TV. It has a manufacturer's defect in the optical block - resulting in a yellow/green tinge to the picture. It looks like you are looking through a dirty fishtank. The problem doesn't present itself until 2-3 years of use ... Do your homework!
Summary: If you have room for rear projection, I would take this over plasma or lcd any day. Yes, there was a "green blob" issue, but Sony was very proactive in it's repair at no charge and had a great attitude. I've had no problem since. This tv is not capable of playing 1080p via blu ray which is confirmed by the linked article. That is the only weak link with this set. The 1080i format is still better than most units I have ever seen.
Summary: Yes, the optical block failed - which seems like a common issue with this model. If you own this TV you'll recognize the problem when everything starts to look greenish-yellow. Anyway, Sony has extended the warranty to cover this problem and sent out a repairman to replace it without any cost to me. It's a pretty significant repair, since they replace essentially the entire guts of the TV. Very good experience.
Summary: The Light Engine/optical block of this TV has a fatal design flaw. it is the subject of a class action lawsuit against Sony. The picture may look great at first by gradually begins to fail, producing the dreaded "green blob." I have had the light engine replace 4 times with no success. Do a google search on sxrd green blob class action. Stay away from this TV!
Summary: I purchased this television 15 months ago from AFEES. Now I see I paid too much. Too bad they only back their purchases for one year. After intermitant use, mine stopped operating by displaying a flashing light indicating it may come on, but never does. For the time it did work, it seemed loud when powering up when I turned it on. I thought that was normal since it was new. Now I have a monument in my living room with a blank screen. Once again Sony has let me down.