There was Panasonic 42 LED/LCD there looking real decent also . Those 3 had the best pictures of all the under 1K LED/LCD 40-50" sets IMO anyway.
I went back this wk . to take another look
They were all gone except they did have 40EH5300 and 5500 Sammies . The Sammies didn't look as good as I remembered could have been a Panel version thing.
I looked at other 40-46" ended up going home and ordered the Sony. It's replacing a 2012 32" Toshiba CCFL/LCD with a real nice 450cd/m2 4500:1 CR Samsung SPVA panel in it ,if it matches that it will be fine.
IIRC when I did see the Sony that would not be a problem I believe the Sony is using either an AUO or Samsung rear LED back light PVA panel so I'm expecting a good picture and decent bright room viewing .
Update got the Sony KDL 40R450A pretty decent picture and sound for a 40"
it's as good as anything (at least that I have seen) in it's price range.
It has a Samsung SPVA rear back light LED panel .
"The wireless music box has no commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
- David Sarnoff's associates at RCA the 1920's -
Guess it doesn't matter if you get a new 5 year old TV or a refurb as long as the warranty is there. My 5 year old KDL52XBR9 is working like new. No panel issues, so far. They'll probably appear sometime shortly after 4/1.
Sony's phone number is 1-888-649-7669. When you call, you must be in front of your TV and you will need your serial number.
1) mention that you have vertical lines on your TV. Sony was saying that my screen anomalies were not covered by the extended warranty since my issues were not an LCD panel issue.
"In addition, customers who paid out-of-pocket to repair the LCD Panel due to picture anomalies on one of the Affected Models prior to the date of this announcement may be eligible to be reimbursed by mail for parts and labor expenses."
2) when they ask you if anything has changed with your setup just say nothing has changed to avoid any trouble.
I hope this helps anybody get their TV replaced.
i've had slight clouding since i got it and nothing has changed in the yrs i've been using it.
still have my 40" XBR3, but it's getting long in the tooth compared to the xbr9 and i'm sure the newer models are tons better than the xbr9
Hello AVS regulars. I'm new to this site but as I was reading thru the posts I realized that my KDL52XBR9 might fall into the category some of you have been talking about. Not long after I got it it started giving me trouble with the HDMI ports. But because I always came up with a work around I never made a big deal about it. Now the only device I can get to consistently work thru the HDMI ports is an older Philips DVP 1080i HDMI Upconvertion DVD Player. :-( And even that is giving me issues now as it is seeming to only give me picture but no sound. Yet of course the player does output sound cause when I connect it to my surround receiver it works fine. I purchased it from Best Buy 01/01/2010 and of course like an idiot I didn't purchase the extended warranty.
I ordered the BU board from Sony parts a couple of weeks ago. It cost approximately $238.00 shipped to my home.
The toughest part of fixing the TV was unplugging everything and taking it off of its mount. The board itself comes out very easily and the new one goes in just as simply.
One note though, when powering the TV back up, be patient, it takes a little while. Also, once that sequence is completed, do yourself a favor and download the latest version of the software to a usb stick and allow the TV to boot up with the usb stick plugged into the TV. If you don't do this, the TV will not be able to connect to the network and retrieve content, in fact the TV will consistently give a 2200 error message.
This fix was easy to do and to me was much better than buying a replacement TV. When contacting Sony, please have your TV's serial number ready as the part number you require is directly related to the serial number of your TV.
Sony's phone number is 1-888-649-7669. When you call, you must be in front of your TV and you will need your serial number. You will also need a valid credit card number.
I received my warranty replacement for my Sony XBR9 today. It was a refurbished 55-W802A with a 90 day warranty.
For the warranty exchange, all Sony told me to do was to pack up the defective XBR9 and ship it back to them. However, they did not provide tell me where to send the TV to, they did not provide a shipping label, and I am unsure if they are going to make ME pay for shipping. Can I please get some feedback from someone who has returned their XBR under the extended warranty on the process of returning my defective TV to Sony.
My 52XBR9 the other day displayed horizontal parallel lines all down the left side, with significant distortion, and noticable darkening of the rest of the screen. I unplugged it for a little while, and now it seems back to normal, but I'm wondering how much longer the TV has.
Is it still a requirement to send in your TV? And what if I send it in, but the problem does not manifest itself? The extended warranty deadline is approaching, so I would need to act before 3/2015.
All I have to do is take 3 pictures and email them to Sony. 1 pictures of the whole front of the TV displaying the issue, 1 close up picture of the issue, and 1 picture of the model/serial# sticker, and then the process should get started on them sending a new TV. Not sure what model yet, the rep didn't know..
I'm pretty happy with that outcome, another new TV at no cost. Sony's on a somewhat bad roll with TVs though. My first Sony was a KDS-R50XBR1, which had a recall issue, and that led me to receive this XBR9 at a reduced price ($1300). Just glad this next TV is at no additional cost. I'm still able to use the XBR1 for the kids, even with any color issues.
Also I have a 52XBR4 that is still going strong with no problems ("knock on wood")! It had a better picture than the XBR9, which never quite measured up to some of the other XBR models' picture quality.
Wizard being that you had an XBR9 they should have givin you another XBR model preferably a brand new one not the W802A. The W802 is a good tv dont get me wrong but for what you paid for the XBR9 Sony could have done better. I had a chance back in the day to get an XBR9 but after reading reviews ect I passed because I thought that it was a step backwards from the excellent XBR8. Again Sony could have offered you better but thats how they do buisness now days I guess.
Last edited by wizard19; 02-25-2015 at 10:38 AM.
Wizard I dont know what other options Sony is offering but I know this I would have asked for an XBR unit. An a new XBR for a unit that has failed to live up to your expectations I wouldnt have setteled for anything less. But if your upgrading down the road then the W802 should meet your needs because it is a good tv. Its good though that you didnt settle for a refurbished unit because in my opinion those are the ones to avoid...trust me I know from first hand experience.