Originally Posted by LexInVA
Many places are claiming to sell the OEM bulb, but it isn't being manufactured any more and could never be directly ordered from Philips, so far as I know. Only the Osram/Sylvania bulbs are available apart from whatever OEM bulbs were stockpiled while the original Philips bulb was manufactured.
Just an update to an ancient thread..
My Sony KDS60-2000 is still going strong. I found a bulb 2-3 yrs ago on Amazon. They are still out there for less than $100, Just google XL5200. Had the optical block rebuilt 3yrs ago (3rd one) and the picture quality is still like new and beautiful. If only it weren't so HUGE! Under WAF pressure (We recently moved into a tiny house and she wanted her room back), I finally had to get something that would hang on the wall. This was an interesting exercise. Not as easy as I thought to find PQ up to the old SXRD presentation standards-I.E. Lush, film-like, smooth motion and accurate rendering. Also figured to go 4k UHD to "future proof" it so I don't have to do this again anytime soon. Most of the cheap LCD's still have edge lighting, poor blacks, and terrible motion artifacts.Climbing up the price/PQ ladder, found OLED is a winner but too much $$. Needed to keep it under 1500. After driving the Best Buy guys crazy for months, it came down to the Samsung 8000 or the Vizio M series. Blk Fri the 65M-D0 dropped to 999 so jumped on it. WOW! 4K/HDR vidio on Netflix, Amazon, the PQ is stunning! The streaming interface is a little funky and my 10 Mbs IP is marginal.but Blu-rays are amazing and I also replaced the old ROKU3 with the new Ultra (4K/UHD) which is a more familiar interface. Looking forward to UHD Blu-rays and more HDR content.
We are happy to have joined the future but sad to say goodbye to the big old SONY. Just don't have room for it in this tiny house. So donating it today.
Telling that it took so long for LCD PQ to catch up and pass the SXRD sets. The SXRD engine is still used in SONY's high end projectors so obviously the technology is still viable.
Bottom line- If you still have an SXRD in good working order,(and room for it!), replace the bulb and enjoy the beautiful picture. If the optical block goes bad it might still be worth a DIY project to keep it alive as a second set in a large rec room or family room. I did it myself and sent it to John Breton in CT. He rebuilt, aligned, and return shipped for 250. Don't know if he is still doing this great service but he is at 8603454807.
Thanks to everyone on this thread. It's been a long run and you guys helped me through the rough times.
Good luck and Happy Holidays!