@HTguru I tried that route with Sony first, they have a whole separate division called "Sony Listens" to deal with us SXRD people. The offers weren't the best, and when I offered to put forth more money for an upgrade to say, the HX929 they said that wasn't an available option. Went back and forth for about a month and decided to give up on that avenue :\\ It does suck that it couldn't be replaced, it's their faulty product. Unfortunately, my optical block didn't go until after the class action lawsuit had ended.
Yeah, it sucks. It's hard to explain to people that haven't had the experience of watching a good SXRD. It seems to lack most of the problems of today's current technologies, but with the one fatal optical block flaw. If that didn't exist, it'd still be better to me than any of the stuff I see in the store. Maybe I'm just more geared towards the DLP kind of nature of things. I keep hearing that the plasmas are where to go from here, but I can't for the life of me see how I'd not destroy it with my near 24/7 black vertical bars and my gaming. I've never owned one, but I don't see how I wouldn't destroy the screen from burn in (which would drive me absolutely insane btw) within a week or two. I'm praying OLED will be the answer to everything, but even if it is, it'll be years before it's affordable. I'm so mad at Sony for making a great tv that was destined to self destruct from the start. Now it's all about super thin screens, PQ be damned. I have no desire to hang my screen on the wall, I have a perfect spot in my room that I sit my tv on so the thickness doesn't matter that much to me.