Am I just incredibly unlucky, or do these HW55ES projector all have a problem that after being on for a while they just start to flicker?
I first had a HW50ES, and it worked fine for few months, until it developed a problem where it would just sometimes start to flicker. At first it would happen once a day, but it got worse until I didn't get more than 1-15 minutes of clear picture at a time.
I can't post links, but there's a youtube video under the title "Sony VPL-HW50ES Flicker Issue", which captures what the flicker looks like pretty well. You can see it on a lot of real film content, but of course it looks worse when you have a fully bright scene. (A million ways to die in the west gave me a serious headache)
You can fix the flickering for a little while by just changing picture modes back and forth. And it doesn't happen as easily in bright lamp mode. And no it's not the film mode, and yes I have tested my sources extremely thoroughly, it is clearly the projector acting up. Also, as time goes by, the problem becomes worse, sometimes you can't fix it at all, you just have to ride the storm.
Then I got the projector replaced by HW55ES. This one also worked fine for few months, but now it is flickering exactly the same way.
In both cases the lamp usage is only at around 500 hours or so.
I'll have to get this one replaced too, but seriously, what's going on? Are they all like this? Or am I just unlucky? Do we know what percentage of units might have this problem? The youtube video has collected few comments of people who appear to have the same exact problem.
Thanks in advance...