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Hello everyone - I am new owner of KDS-55A2000. The set has about 11.500 hours and partial yellow tint, so I am going to change blue panel in near future + cleaning. For now I changed blue gain in service menu to 190 and yellow is almost invisible in custom video mode.

My eyes can't stand plasma or LCD TV's so that is my only option to have big monitor for gaming and casual watching of video (except mine Epson EH-TW5200 projector for real movie experience ). Great TV for small money!

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Does anyone know if there is a reset to default option or where I can find all the default values for the Service Menu option please?
Sony xxA2000 Menu Settings - Complete Listing.xls with all service data should help to You.
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not sure what "no price talk" means in forum title. my kds-60A2000 is dying and i dont want to fool around with repairs. hard to move on for a hoarder like me, but....

does anybody have a good idea what to do with a set they are not going to keep? image is not yellow or blobby, just washed out and weird. all else (and cosmetically) is good. maybe there's a market for parts? it's not quite big enough to turn it into a secret door to a safe room.

any ideas appreciated, thx, kyle
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(...) image is not yellow or blobby, just washed out and weird(...)
The set must be cleaned periodically inside as stated in user manual. Remove front panel (pictures in service manual) and clean mirror, projector lens and fresnel lens. It's rather easy but some time consumable process. I made it lately in my KDS 55A2000 which had blurred picture.
After cleaning looks like new.
read this post: Official Sony KDS-XXA3000 OWNERS THREAD!
other important info about mirror cleaning: Official 2005 Sony KDSR-50/60XBR1 SXRD Owner's Thread
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I'm about to install a new Philips lamp in my 50A2000. This TV is on its third optical block, and has slight green blob issues on this OB as well.
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Every time I turn on my KDS-55a2000 it clicks on like getting power, then I hear a grinding noise near the lamp area. Power light flashes green and it grinds 3 different times then the lamp light blinks red. The lamp is new and looks fine. Not sure what the issue is here but I would love to fix it eventually. Could be ballast or something strange. All fans are running.Anyone run into this problem? Thanks for any advice.
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New Bulb 2015

Anyone have a line on new Phillips bulbs for these sets? I think this will be the fourth bulb in the set since 2005, but would like an OEM bulb from a reliable source. Other than that, it is plugging along... Also could use a new remote, but am only finding used ones out there...Thanks for any help.

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Should I get go for an upgrade?

Bought my kds60a2000 new. Except for one bulb change early on, this TV has been and still is perfect. Never misses a beat. But, getting restless for an upgrade. Have a Sony sound bar and Bluray so want to stay with Sony. Do not want a 4k yet as I just don't think there is enough content out there but could get one if pic is that much better.
What about the KDL70w850? Would the picture be that much of an improvement or should I wait a couple of years for 4k?
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Any good reliable Bulb Sources (OEM Phillips)

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Anyone have a line on new Phillips bulbs for these sets? I think this will be the fourth bulb in the set since 2005, but would like an OEM bulb from a reliable source. Other than that, it is plugging along... Also could use a new remote, but am only finding used ones out there...Thanks for any help.

Any good reliable Bulb Sources (OEM Phillips)? Thanks!
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Any good reliable Bulb Sources (OEM Phillips)? Thanks!
I bought last one on eBay from a high rated seller but I don't remember whom.
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My 60-A2000 finally succumbed to optical block failure this morning and I had replaced the original bulb not too long ago to the tune of a few hundred bucks. Is Sony still offering discounts on replacement HDTV sets?
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My 60-A2000 finally succumbed to optical block failure this morning and I had replaced the original bulb not too long ago to the tune of a few hundred bucks. Is Sony still offering discounts on replacement HDTV sets?
It's worth a shot, but I think you're about 3 years too late. Considering the pro-rated depreciation that they use, even if you still can get a discount, it won't be much.

FWIW, back when Sony replaced my set, years ago, they sent me a new 55" LCD for $200 delivered. Glad mine failed when it did.
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The really creepy thing is that the other day, I had visited Best Buy and I was talking to a Magnolia AV salesman about getting a new TV soon because I had an old SXRD set. It worked perfectly fine then. Now, not so much. I guess the universe listens....
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Okay, now my unit is back to normal. I don't know what happened, but the picture is as it should be right now.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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Great update, thank you. Mine is still going strong...on the original bulb!!!!! I can only think that it's because I've been running the fan set to high from early on that it has lasted over 10 years. I have a bulb "in stock" here in case it EVER goes out, lol. All of our friends who we have told about this TV and got one have changed out their bulb once or twice.

When I need to replace this big boy, I'll come back to this post to look for options. Happy Holidays.
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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!
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Indeed, great post; I am a KDS-50A2020 owner (not an owner of a 2000-series but just wanted to comment here) and mine is still going strong for the most part, as well, with only one lamp replacement since the original. What is stopping us from upgrading at this point (one of the component inputs on the TV seems to have died, the bank of connectors I have our cable box plugged into, and we're getting a lamp replacement warning that doesn't seem to be merited, as we've had the warning for months now with nothing happening to the picture) is cost for a giant new 4K display and the fact that we need to make something work in our entertainment center size-wise...seems we can't get a much bigger screen in that area and may have to settle for something like a 60" (that may not even fit).

Seems for now we're going to have to keep "enjoying the beautiful picture" with our SXRD in 1080p until we can afford a larger 4K set or fit one in a new entertainment center; if we do experience the optical block failure, we'll replace it with something.

Happy Holidays to you and yours, as well.
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Well I am one of the lucky ones as well where my optical block never had problems. Also kept fan on and IRIS setting normal and was in year round A/C home so not sure if that had helped.

I believe now that LCD has advanced to point where they have equal or better PQ - would former SXRD RP owners agree?

So I decided to get a Vizio 65" P-Series. With the multi-array dimming, the blacks are supposed to be great and I hope comparable if not better to my trust KDS60A3000 that served me well for years.

If there is anyone in Chicagoland that is interested in purchasing my 60A3000, PM me. All offers considered. Still works great just upsizing and thinner footprint needed.

Would love to hear from others who moved on up from the SXRD RP and their experiences. I will miss my Sony SXRD but hopefully it finds a new life in a new home.
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Well I am one of the lucky ones as well where my optical block never had problems. Also kept fan on and IRIS setting normal and was in year round A/C home so not sure if that had helped.

I believe now that LCD has advanced to point where they have equal or better PQ - would former SXRD RP owners agree?

So I decided to get a Vizio 65" P-Series. With the multi-array dimming, the blacks are supposed to be great and I hope comparable if not better to my trust KDS60A3000 that served me well for years.

If there is anyone in Chicagoland that is interested in purchasing my 60A3000, PM me. All offers considered. Still works great just upsizing and thinner footprint needed.

Would love to hear from others who moved on up from the SXRD RP and their experiences. I will miss my Sony SXRD but hopefully it finds a new life in a new home.
I'd like to hear from ex-SXRD owners, as well, jf...and if they're finding the newer displays are better than the rear pros in terms of PQ.
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My 60A2000 is still kicking and survived a 6 hr ride in the back of a pickup to its new home in my son's college apt. I told him that the TV was not to come back this way and to donate it to a charity or sell it when he no longer needed it. They want to hang a TV on the wall for less space. Just think I had a 13" TV when I was in college and it probably weighed about half of the A2000.
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Yellow tint and Calibration "Fix"

So after 10 years, and on my second Philips OEM lamp, approx 10,000 hours overall, my kds-60a2000 developed the dreaded yellow tint.

I picked up an entire optical block that was removed from an old 60a2000 that DID NOT have any tint problem...thought being i would replace the optical block...my tv was professionally calibrated and prior to the tint problem was accurate...I decided to use calman v4 to check the settings...my original settings that had me perfectly calibrated w/6500k are:

custom
adv iris: auto1
picture: 55
brightness: 57
color: 40
hue: 0
color temp: neutral
sharpness: 42
adv settings
white balance
R-gain: -5
G-gain: -7
B-gain: -18
R-bias: 4
G-bias: 0
B-bias: 1
all other stuff: off

with the yellow tint: everything got thrown off...the color temp was not 6500k, it was 5250k...

to get close to 6500k with the yellow tint, these setting got me close to 6500k...with very good grayscale alignment...

custom
adv iris: auto1
picture: 90
brightness: 55
color: 52
hue: 0
color temp: cool
sharpness: 42
adv settings
white balance
R-gain: 0
G-gain: -20
B-gain: 0
R-bias: -10
G-bias: -10
B-bias: 10
all other stuff: off

with the yellow tint, there was no way to get close to 6500k with neutral...cool was my only option...after calibration, the set looks terrific...i know that the block could get worse, but for now it looks great again...

for those with calibration knowledge - does the difference in settings above make sense with yellow tint?...i was very surprised that thru calibration i could get the color/performance back...

thoughts/comments?
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