Wow, that really is too bad so many are having problems and / or are unhappy with this tv. The wife and I just said the other day how happy we have been with it. No kidding. We realized that it's been about a year with it and how we actually prefer to watch tv in the bedroom now (where the tv is) more so than on the big projector screen.
I'm not doubting your issues whatsoever. I know too well the gamble with every purchase. This one had me on edge for awhile back when the grey blobs on black screens was driving me crazy. Ya know, my projector (Mitsubishi HC3800) gave me tons of problems back in 2009 as did my first projector back in 2007. And that pos Optoma from 2007 cost over $4,000 and died shortly past a year. So I am well aware of this gamble we all take when we buy something, especially electronics.
With fingers crossed I continue to enjoy my Sony, I wish you guys resolve. I know, it sucks. Oh, btw, my $4000+ projector died right after the new $350 bulb arrived. ouch!