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.
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: Very nice soft case Hartmann Leather bag laptop or messenger. I got this as a gift several years ago and never had any use for it, so it's time to turn over to the next proud owner. As you can see from the pics it is in nice shape and I am rating this a 9 out of 10 due only to being a few years old. Again, please see pictures as I know very little about this bag other than what you see. It has no rips. scratches, scrapes or no noticeable discolor.
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: 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: 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: 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: We've had our Grand Wega for over a year now and it is the most amazing tv out there. Nothing compares to it. People will be visiting and if the tv is on they are just stop and stare in awe of the quality picture. We had considered the plasma screens and projection screens for our little theatre room but upon seeing the Grand Wega's rear projection we just knew it was the one.