Summary: Bought this TV IN 2005 Spent alot of money on it now i get blue blotches all over the screen and i replaced the lamp already, not what i expected from Sony their quality really took a nose dive. Shocked.
Summary: I purchased a Sony KDF-42WE655 in either 2004-2005. I now have blue dots on the screen. I was told by Sony that this may be a problem with the optical block. Apparently after doing some research Sony has a problem with some of their TV's having this problem. There is also a class action suit going on as we speak. After spending about $2,000 for this tv I expected not having this type of problem. Unfortunately the warranty has run out.
Summary: I wouldnt buy one of these. I just replaced the bulb after less than 3 years of use. It is between $120 and $180 for the bulb. RIDICULOUS!! Picture and sound are good, but who can afford this much maintenance on a flippin TV for cryin out loud!!
Summary: I paid A LOT of money for this tv 4 years ago, so I expected it to last. Last it is not. The screen is slowing being covered in blue. The cause is unknown to us and to Sony and cannot be fixed, so the only suggestion Sony will give is to replace it. Which when we can no longer stand it we will do, but it will not be replaced with another Sony...ever again.
This TV will most likely fail due to design flaw; Sony is no help.
Aidan D. Dunne "Oh no, not again.", Amazon
27 March 2009
Summary: Before you buy this set, search online for : "Sony optical block problems" Bought this set in 2004. March 2009 I notice a blue haze at the bottom of the screen. After some research I discovered that this is a very common problem and is essentially a flaw with the design that runs throughout the range of Sony Grand Wega sets; Specifically, failing optical blocks ultimately make the set unusable, due to artifacts of many different hues and sizes to appear on your screen.
Great for about 18 months, then screen went blotchy
Amazon Customer, Amazon
22 June 2008
Summary: For about a year and a half this TV performed very well. It had a crisp, brilliant picture and more than justified the cost. Then blue blotches started to appear on the screen. I checked the Sony service website, which said that that there would be extended coverage for problems with a blotchy picture, but only certain *kinds* of blotches. There are apparently two design defects with this unit.
Blue Dots after 2 years but there is help-READ on!
Amazon Customer, Amazon
11 June 2008
Summary: My tv just started getting those blue streaks on the tv. If you HAVE A 2004 model of several of these tv models they will fix the optical block and repair free of cost. I'm not sure if they'll cover the diagnosis but its on sony's website. [...] As technology evolves, Sony continually looks to stand behind the reliability of its televisions.
Good for about 2 years, then blotches all over the screen
Tammy M. Flannigan "dogma", Amazon
8 June 2008
Summary: My last Sony TV was a 1985 XBR which lasted until just past 2005. Thus my expectations were set when we started shopping for a new TV. The KDF-42WE655 had a beautiful picture for a little over 2 years, and then blotches began to appear. The screen is now unwatchable, and the cost to repair is about the same as buying a new TV. Avoid this TV. I am astonished that Sony would not stand behind their product for what is clearly a design defect.
Summary: Do a Google search on "Sony LCD blue blob" and you'll find hubdreds of people complaining about Sony LCD tvs. They are crap!! Do not buy them!! Sony refuses to fix my tv because it's out of warranty. The tv is only two years old!! They want over $1000 to fix it. Stay away from Sony stuff!!
Summary: We had this television about a year when we first started seeing the blue cloud of dots appearing - then a blue cloud started appearing along the entire top about 8" long now and along the right side about 10" now. It's so bad it distorts most every image (unless it's primarily blue)- Sony should definately have a recall issued on this one! Buyer beware.