As some of you mentioned, this set is excellent for video games (low input lag) and DVDs, and it works well with HD. The picture holds up well to my Sony XBR960 crt and Panasonic ZT60 plasma. If I had space, I would keep it.
Thank you for your input.
This occurs regardless of the input. I'm using an antenna for over the air broadcast, Netflix through Apple TV and a DVD player.
I've really enjoyed the TV and would like to keep it alive if possible. Does anyone have any ideas on what the problem is or how to fix it?
Any information or suggestions will be appreciated.
PTSP is probably Post Traumatic Stress Posting.
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough – Albert Einstein
I like that one in 'Snake's link titled "Post To See Posts (forums)."
I'm new to this forum. Hope I'm posting this to the Sony KD-34XBR970 34” FD Trinitron® WEGA® XBR® HDTV as I should be ...
BACKGROUND: I purchased my Sony KD-34XBR970 34” FD Trinitron® WEGA® XBR® HDTV (a CRT based model) on 11/14/06. As this was my first HDTV, I was literally amazed by the picture quality and the color.
PROBLEM: Fast forward eight years later to February, 2014. The picture quality deteriorated. Color flares were evident for plum-purple, lime green and lemon yellow. I called a HDTV Repair Service and, from my description of the problem, they said it sounded as if the picture tube was failing.
ATTEMPTS TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM: I tried to trouble-shoot the problem by what I read in the Sony Owners Manual and information from Sony’s website.
I disconnected the HDTV from the electrical outlet for 30 minutes. I removed stereo speakers from the room where the HDTV is located. I restored the HDTV Factory Settings from instructions in the manual. I restored the HDTV Picture Settings from instructions in the manual. I changed the HDTV Picture Settings to see if this would make a difference. I searched the Internet for solutions. I changed the HDTV from 480i to 480p to 720p to 1080i. None of what I tried corrected the color flare and picture quality problem. I also called SONY and they had no suggestions on how to correct the problem.
THE MIRACLE HAPPENS: In late May of 2014, after I ordered a new HDTV, I turned on my Sony KD-34XBR970 34” FD Trinitron® WEGA® XBR® HDTV. The COLOR FLARE problem was gone. The PICTURE QUALITY was sharp and clear like the day the HDTV first arrived. What happened? If the picture tube was going bad I don’t understand how, all of a sudden, the HDTV problems disappeared.
I’ve subscribed to DISH Network from the day I purchased this HDTV. It was almost as if DISH Network had flipped a switch and now the color flare and picture quality problems were gone. But I don’t understand how DISH Network could have caused the color flare problem. DISH Network may have had a role in the picture quality but I don’t know.
Has anyone else had this problem? I’d appreciate knowing what you think caused the color flare and picture quality problem.
Thanks in advance for your replies.
P.S. Here's are some examples of what I mean by "color flare." When watching The Cleveland Show, between his eyes . . . on the bridge of the nose on Cleveland's brown face was the color plum-purple, not brown as it was supposed to be. Another example . . . when watching the Olympics or MSNBC, depending on the color background, the person's face would have the color plum-purple. The color plum-purple would be displayed on the person's forehead and sometimes the legs. The color flare could be anywhere from 1/4 inch wide to 1/2 inch long, and sometimes 1/2 inch wide to 1/2 inch long. Another example . . . when watching American Dad or Family Guy, faces would be outlined with the color lime-green or lemon-yellow when the outline for the face should have been flesh tone like the rest of the face.
Wish I had taken a photo of the problem but unfortunately I didn't. Hope my explanation of "color flare" helps. Thanks.
can i use a xbr960 service data chart with a xbr970?? if not does anybody know where i can find a service data manual and/or data sheet for a kd-34xbr970?? please i need help badly. my tv is in need of adjustment badly
I drove by a house with one of these sitting on the tree lawn. drove by the next day and it was still there! most tvs get picked up the same day they hit the tree lawn..lol. well i decided to stop and look at it since it looked in very good condition. i know why it was left, it must weigh 250 pounds! someone cut the power cord off as well, prob out of frustration..lol. well, i got a friend to help lift it. ( really needed 3 adults ). crap! HEAVY!!! put a new cord on it and turned it on, dead..... but had blinking red lights only. then i recall it rained the day before so it was out in rain..:( figured it was a no go. well i let it sit over night with the cover off. turned it on the next day and.....BEST PICTURE I HAVE EVER SEEN ON A TUBE TV!...SCORE! what a find. 2006 tv looks great!! i ordered a remote off ebay. $7. we will see how long it will last..:)
Just got a Vizio soundbar with wireless subwoofer from my neighbor, it quit on them after a power outage. Wish me luck. If nothing else I can rig up wiring directly to the speakers to use an external amp (no external amp connectors on it).
I'd say there's a 99.9% chance a "picker" came around did a quick snip for scrap copper.
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough – Albert Einstein
I drove by a house with one of these sitting on the tree lawn. drove by the next day and it was still there! most tvs get picked up the same day they hit the tree lawn..lol. well i decided to stop and look at it since it looked in very good condition. i know why it was left, it must weigh 250 pounds! someone cut the power cord off as well, prob out of frustration..lol. well, i got a friend to help lift it. ( really needed 3 adults ). crap! HEAVY!!! put a new cord on it and turned it on, dead..... but had blinking red lights only. then i recall it rained the day before so it was out in rain.. figured it was a no go. well i let it sit over night with the cover off. turned it on the next day and.....BEST PICTURE I HAVE EVER SEEN ON A TUBE TV!...SCORE! what a find. 2006 tv looks great!! i ordered a remote off ebay. $7. we will see how long it will last..
The failure to turn on may have been caused by the rain but it may have been caused by a failed MCZ3001D chip which makes the set intermittently fail to turn on sometimes before dying completely. If it fails to turn on again, see these links
These Sonys were often sent out from the factory very badly set up with severe overscan and severe "red push". It is possible to fix these problems in the service menu but respect that a mistake in editing the service menu can brick your television so great caution must be shown while using it. Don't "reset" everything.
I need help with my tv. I press the power button and it makes the noise it usually makes but the screen doesn't come on. But it does come on once every 2 days or so. The stand by red light next to the power button just flashes. Then when I turn it off it turns off too. I'm thinking there is a setting or something that is only letting the screen come on at a certain time every couple days. My parents had it for like 10 years and I recently started using it. So if anyone knows how to help let me know.
Sounds like the chip problem some Sonys are notorious for, like mentioned in the homerging post right above your post. Count how many blinks the standby light flashes in sequence before pausing and starting a new blink sequence, this indicates the type of problem. There are entire threads on AVS devoted to each type of the most common problems. Note homerging posted a pair of thread links, you may want to copy&paste your post over there including the 'number of blinks' info; also state what model TV you have (I'm assuming it's a 970 since you posted here).
Survivor Sony WEGA XBR CRT: KDX34XBR970, circa July 2014.
Just dug out my old paperwork:
Circuit City $549 New Delivered, Purchased Mar/Apr 2007 (3 Yrs 0% Financing);
Bush Segments TV Stand, Cherry Wood Finish/Tempered Glass Stand $199 (rated to hold 400 lbs+);
5Year Extended Warranty direct from Sony com $89 (never needed/used it).
EDIT: I am going to make a thread for this. I hope I do not have to junk this awesome TV.
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I love this TV --- and have banaged to sort through a lot of problems that have developed with the service menu --- to him I would suggest the DCONV section it seems to handle that type of thing in most cases.
In my case though, at this point I can no logner fix it. No matter what I do perhaps the first 2-3 inches on the left side of the screen are just out of focus slightly. It only really bothers me like using it as a computer and trying to read fine text.
A couple things inpacted it, the setting called DF seems help slightly and Ithink it was DHPW helped but that moves the image to the right --- I tured to move it back over using other settings but in the end I wasn't able to get it any better than when I started. CADJ seems liike it might help but even movie it one notch makes it worse.
I still think its probably fixable but its not with any one setting this time -- probably a combination of them.
Also Since this has developed over the past year plus I have a thought as to what is causing it. I have always had speakers near the TV but at least 3 or 4 inches away from the stand the tv is on. Around then I got a blu-ray player on it and its cord was just barely long enough to reach so I moved the speaker closer to the point where its now only 1 inch away. I guess I will try moving it to the other side now but I wonder if it might have caused permament damage already. Thoughts anyone?
Try degaussing (demagnetizing) it, if you can find an old vinyl Deguassing gun cheaply. They're out there. I have one myself. Anyway...take the cover off the TV. Make sure the TV is always turned off while moving it around or removing the cover. They are finicky. And even moving a few inches while on can throw your convergence and edge detail off. With the TV off...just pull the trigger on the deguasser around the back of the tube and the front. Turn it on and see if that fixed your problem. You may also find a TV repairman who still has a degaussing ring laying around. He may loan it to you and show you how to work it. Or better yet...do it for you cheaply. Those kind are really good & powerful. And easily fixes distorted images caused by unshielded loudspeaker magnetization. Good luck.
I was able to pick up a Sony 50W800B open box at Best Buy for a ridiculously low price, but I'm not sure if I want to swap it out with the 970 or not. I play a lot of games on mine and I love it for the lack of motion blur and aforementioned lack of input lag. What I don't care for now though is overscan and lack of clarity in some XBox One and PS4 games. For instance, I find the text in GTA5 to be nearly unreadable because of the screen size mixed with the lack of sharpness needed to display such tiny letters.
It's also a beast. With the small den that I have it in (roughly 8 x 10), the miniscule footprint of the LED screen would make a difference. I hate the idea of giving the 970 up, but I have no place to stash it away.
Does anyone have a similar story? What did you decide to do, and are you happy with your decision?
Oddly though for a couple days it did go back to near perfect -- one time I turned it off and there was an odd flasha nd noise and the next time It turned it on the color and brightness were dim but after it warmed up it was pretty much prefect.
This brings me to the only other thing the shop said it could be and I'm wondering if anybody has experienced this. There is a high voltage control that they said can sometimes be adjusted to to fix the problem.
I'm actually looking for another 960 or 970 but between the logistics of moving them and not knowing how many miles are on the one you are getting ... its a tough.
My problem went away and has never come back. I only did two things.
1) I played with the tilt correction and vertical correction (page 46 of the manual) which apparently sometimes needs attention after moving the TV.
2) I unplugged the TV and let it sit for a day before plugging it back in and turning it on.
I had been moving the TV around before the problem started but I can't say for sure what caused the problem or why it went away.
All I know is that it's cured.
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Any guesses as to what service menu options might help me mush down the bumps on either side of the screen? SLIN sort of fixes it, but I've maxed it out at zero and can't go any further. It seems like I need something like a left-right equivalent of UVLN and LVLN (or whatever the upper/lower squishers are), The weird pin in the bottom right I can deal with; the bumps are too much for me, especially playing old side-scrolling video games. Any insight is appreciated.