Originally Posted by reio-ta
Hey Jmouse! What's going on? How's the VW50 Pearl doing? The VWx Pearl series are so nice, but they just have too much black floor for me!
Black bars glow too much, the black credit screens at the end of movies glow bad, etc, so I MUST have a CRT!
I'm hoping in a few years a LASER projector will fix the black floor glowing issue with digitals.
In answer to your question, we began having ongoing problems with our Pearl. Convergence, focus problems, the power supply went bad for no reason after the pj had been on for 5 hours (we watched two movies back to back) and took the bulb and several chips with it. They had to also replace the video processor and when we got it back there was another problem, sent it back and when it came back again we noted a loud electrical buzzing/humming noise, reported it (sent Laredo MP3 recordings of the sound along with a written time line description) and got the usual "it's perfectly normal, working within speck" routine. Well, two weeks later, out of the blue and for no reason the pj refused to accept any commands from the remote, the pj refused to shut down and the video processor froze creating a frozen image on the screen that we could not stop! Changed the remote control batteries twice, still no go, tried to shut the pj down using the controls physically located on the pj... NOTHING WORKED! Finally, after we had shut down everything going to the pj, the bulb shut down over 45 minutes later BUT the cooling fan continued running and running and refused to shut down. Finally I had to physically pull the plug to shut the pj off. Several days later I plugged it back in again and after turning on the pj it shut down all on it's own twice within a minute and a half of being turned on! After 4 and a half months of playing pj ping pong with the repair center in Larado and having sent it back three times for numerous differing problems SONY finally agreed to replace it with a Black Pearl. It was like pulling teeth and we had to pay a fee to "upgrade" but it was worth it because I had no confidence that the pj would ever work properly. Sadly, we got a lemon, fortunately from what I have heard our experience was the exception, NOT the rule.
Before the Pearl went belly up it served us well, but as good as it was, and it was a fine projector, the Black Pearl is a definite improvement on a multitude of levels. It is sharper, the convergence was perfect right out of the box and the colors, black levels and contrast are better and the Black Pearl is brighter than it's predecessor. Lord willing, this time we will not have any more problems.
So now we have joined the ranks of the pirates and become Black Pearl owners. All I can say is "Arrr me hearties; yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me."