Hi Folks, I finally joined your ranks, a full five years after these TVs hit the market.
I saw a post on our local community swap facebook group selling a WD-65737. It was "stuck on the welcome screen" and they wanted a "reasonable offer". I haggled them down to $100 and then promptly fixed the TV by simply re-flashing the firmware via the USB port. Yay!
I did notice that the picture was subpar when I got it going, so I ripped the optical engine out and did a good cleaning on the color wheel, mirrors, and lenses. Oh and the fans. Oh, those fans were nasty! I found a toothbrush did a great job cleaning the gunked up crap on the fan blades and housings.
Upon turning the TV back on, I find that the picture is much sharper, more contrasty, less haze, but the overall color isn't that great and the color temperature seems to be very warm, with colors tending towards browns, even when the color temp is set to "high". Watchable, just not great.
I remembered that the lady said to me when helping load it into my apartment (yes, they even delivered it!), "It was always a great TV, in the five years we owned it, we never even had to change the bulb!" so I checked the TV hours (thankfully it doesn't seem to have the counter bug) and it shows a little over 8,000.
I have a new lamp on the way with prime saturday delivery, so I'm hoping that the symptoms I'm seeing are just the result of a lamp with 8,000 hours--does that seem reasonable?
Also- I bought the generic on amazon which came to about $26 (before my $8.99 saturday delivery...patience is not my strong suit, I couldn't bear the idea of missing a whole weekend of playing with my new TV). Do you guys think it's okay to test the TV with that for a few months before spending the $85 on an Osram lamp, or would you recommend I get on the OEM lamp right away for any particular reason? Comparing a new generic to a new Osram, is there a huge, noticeable difference? I do understand that a generic will probably die sooner, but is that the main difference?
Thanks folks! This TV promises to be a big upgrade from my 50" sony 720p 2006 model RP LCD unit! I just hope the lamp gets the picture back shipshape! I'm guessing 8,000 is a long time for a lamp, even OEM one.
Last edited by matt314159; 06-13-2014 at 05:16 PM.