So it looks like my kdl-55xbr8 has bit the dust. The standby light blinks 13 times, and I got it looked at and they said the service menu is showing errors for the panel. They reset the error codes and it works right now, but they said it can happen again at any time. They said they will show me how to clear the codes when it happens again, but I don't really want a problematic TV for my main viewing TV, so I'm pretty sure it's headed for the dump. I plan to scavenge the boards out of it first though.
I had the extended warranty on the set, and it failed 3 weeks out of warranty, and Sony offered me a store credit of $750 which was nice of them even though the warranty had ended, but I'm not sure I want to drop another $4,000 on a Sony product.
Does anyone have an xbr8 with a good panel that they want to sell? lol