Originally Posted by Big J
Perhaps you would share your
personal experiences with the SXRD.
My personal experience of the SXRD started when I went to SEARS in Eastland mall in Columbus, Ohio. I was so excited to see the new 50" SXRD, because I had owned two D-ILA's that were both returned because of manufacturing, or engineering defects. It was my hope that SONY would do a better job of implementing the LCoS technology.
Owning those first two JVC TV's, with all of the service tech visits, and a the aggravation of having to deal with those issues, despite having paid $3.5k gave me a crash course in what to look for, and what not to look for, and ultimately helped me hone my own personal expectations of an HDTV that uses the LCoS technology.
So, when I asked the sales person what that green blob in the middle of the picture was, he looked at me like I was crazy at first, until he looked a little closer.
He immediately pick up the remote to change inputs to see if that was causing the problem...when he changed to the internal tuner the picture not only got darker, but the green spot ( a little bigger than the size of a football) got worse.
He then said that it must be that the bulb was defective and was starting to burn out...This made sense to me because I had heard many times that the picture would start to dim before the bulb finally fails.
He told me that he was going to call the SONY rep to rectify the situation.
I went in a couple of weeks later and the same SXRD was there with the same green blob right in the middle of the screen...didn't see that sales guy I spoke with before though.
The green blob immediately reminded me of the reasons my first two TV's were returned... though it wasn't the exact problem, I chalked it up to color uniformity problems, and maybe it was just the nature of LCoS.
It seems that around Christmas, I started to see that quite a few people on this forum were complaining about the same green blob on the SXRD. So, after actually seeing an SXRD with the green blob, I didn't need to be convinced that there were issues with this TV also.
Right around the same time, JVC released their new 1080p offerings. HHGREGG in my area had them in, along with the SXRD's so I was able to do a direct comparison...hands down the SXRD seemed to have a smoother picture ( not as many artifacts).
I didn't notice the green blob on this TV, but I did notice that the blacks were not as deep as the JVC.
I was then faced with a dilemma, would I buy the SXRD because I thought the picture quality would be better, or would I take a small hit on picture quality with the JVC and also enjoy the fact that I liked the cabinet design better, so my choice to go with the JVC was that of compromise.
I have always said that the ultimate TV for me would be (barring the green blob problem) is an SXRD's guts in a FH96's cabinet.
Fortunately, because I had such a good relationship with HHGREGG, they wanted to make sure I was happy this time, so If I couldn't live with the JVC, I could switch to the SXRD.
Now two months later, a memo starts to circulate to the effect that SONY is going to try to make the problem go away by finding ways to mask the problem, instead of fixing it!
So, to answer the question you really wanted to ask me...
NO, I don't own an SXRD, and at this point I'm glad I don't, but that doesn't mean I'm not acutely aware of, and are following the outcome, and also hope someday the problem gets rectified. I mean that would be a win win for everyone, right?
So, If you are suggesting that because I don't belong to the club, I don't have a right to voice my opinion, you are doubly wrong!