Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I've had it with the flakiness of my 10 year old 32XBR100. I've loved this set as much as anyone, why else would I hold onto such old technology for so long? (OK, I've got two HDTV's already in other rooms, and a third arriving tomorrow to replace the 32XBR100.) I even had the color calibrated for $250, which it needed badly. My 34XBR960 had virtually perfect color out-of-the-box. In fact, nearly everything about my XBR960 has always been perfect, in marked contrast to the XBR100, which needed serious adjustment of color and geometry. But the XBR100 had one big advantage...much bigger screen for watching 4:3 TV. I would have got the 40XBR during the limited time it was available, but its 300 pounds would crush my record cabinet which has already been creaking under the weight of the 32.
Anyway, if you contact me before Monday August 18 2008, I'll save the Feature Box (aka tuner), remote, or anything else you want. But I've simply got to get rid of the CRT soon, it's too big and heavy to keep, and I've got a volunteer lined up to help put it in my car (destination: Corona Visions Recycling) on Friday. Then it sits in my car and goes to recycling on Monday. Corona Visions is a Sony Partner so I get it recycled for free. Otherwise it would cost a lot for something this heavy.
I got mine as a refurb from Sony Outlet. It's had wierd problems very intermittantly from the first year. Always too intermittant to get fixed. The picture would shrink horizontally in various ways, and then recover after a few minutes, sometimes an hour. That first happened in about month 5, then month 10, etc. Now it does it every week or so, sometimes with very big shrinkage and enough color shift so as to be unwatchable for awhile.
But the last straw has been a new kind of failure which started this year. For 24 hours or so it decides not to come on at all. The standby light simply keeps blinking. It did that first in May, and now in August. Right when you need it of course. After 24 hours of rest, it decides to work again. This last time it happened, I feared the worst, that it was never coming back, so I ordered another TV. Just after I placed the order, it started working again. I got the message: time to go.
For all I know it's some cheap capacitor in one of the many DC power supplies it has. It could simply be a cheap part, but who knows? I imagine it would cost a fortune to have someone come out to fix it. Maybe I could fix it myself, I fixed my 1983 Mitsubishi. But I can't even get behind it, and it's too heavy to move myself. And lots of parts for this thing are no doubt pure unobtanium.
I suspect most of the problems are with the CRT and not the feature box. In fact, I was thinking of keeping the feature box as a remote switcher. But then I decided it would be sacrilege to separate. It might doom the CRT to an earlier demise. Someone might find a use for it at the recycling place, but without the feature box it only has a single hidden input in the back, and very limited controls.
But if someone else wants the feature box to save their XBR, that's another story.
I also have a spare remote which I was planning to sell on ebay. I also have the service manual I was planning to let the recyclers have.