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Help me find a replacement LCD panel for old Sony 11HT please!!!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
My brother is still using this old machine and still loves it, but it has a busted LCD panel and he's elinsted my help to fix it. Where do I get one of these??

Gus
post #2 of 14
You don't, you get a new projector.
post #3 of 14
Dude it's a 11 year old projector. They don't make lcd panels for it anymore. I'm not sure if don't even makes any lcd projectors these days.
post #4 of 14
I think your only chance is to get a used one from ebay.... IF one comes up.

But what makes you think the LCD is bad? Usually it's the blue polarizer that gets cooked on Sony's.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure how he knows it's the LCD panel. I just took his word for it. What is this blue polarizer? can I get him a replacement?

Thanks for your answer, by the way!

Gus
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tinman View Post

I think your only chance is to get a used one from ebay.... IF one comes up.

But what makes you think the LCD is bad? Usually it's the blue polarizer that gets cooked on Sony's.

Its usually both and the cost of the panel replacement if you can find one makes the repair way more expensive than its worth! You will also have to align the new panel which isn't all together that easy.

Bohanna
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Verge2 View Post

Dude it's a 11 year old projector. They don't make lcd panels for it anymore. I'm not sure if don't even makes any lcd projectors these days.

They still make panels and they still make LCD projectors. The cost of a single panel however us usually out of the price range of the projectors owner.

Bohanna
post #8 of 14
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They still make panels and they still make LCD projectors. The cost of a single panel however us usually out of the price range of the projectors owner.

Bohanna

From Sony, that goes without question! They once wanted (AND I KID YOU NOT!!!) $2600.00 for a service manual for a Sony Vidimagic projector. Yes, I wrote that right.
I inquired several times to make certain that wasn't an error.

However, I have never known Sony to sell a polarizer by itself. They always want to sell the whole light engine... at big $$$ of course.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Umm, so how do I get a new panel?

Update: He opened up the projector and he can see a visibly heat-damaged panel. He then looked up the part number on the manual online and it is infact an LCD panel that's damaged.

He is using this projector outside the US, where he lives. So I haven't been able to see what he's doing. He is NOT a video-phile. He is perfectly happy with the image this old projector puts out. The projector used to be mine. I passed it on to him in 2005 and he has had it installed since 2006 andhas been enjoying it since.

I really would like to get him a new panel so he can continue to enjoy it.

Thanks for all the replies!

Gus
post #10 of 14
So how much are you willing to spend if you can find a NEW part that does not exist for a product that is past expected life? A used part will be ready to fail so that does not make sense.. A used 720P projector from 2008-2009 is about $200 .. would it not make more sense to just replace the projector with something newer?
There is also the issue of having the special jig that will allow the new panel to be clued into place so it lines up with the other 2.. it has to be perfect within 1 pixel.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well,

I guess there's always admitting defeat. If I can help him fix it for a couple of hundred, I will, but if it makes absolutely no sense, I guess he's out of luck.

Gus

I used to be really into this hobby back in 2001-2005ish. I haven't been back here for a number of years. It feels kind of weird going back to being a rookie and not knowing what's going on with projector technology.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by gusmorel View Post

Well,

I guess there's always admitting defeat. If I can help him fix it for a couple of hundred, I will, but if it makes absolutely no sense, I guess he's out of luck.

Gus

I used to be really into this hobby back in 2001-2005ish. I haven't been back here for a number of years. It feels kind of weird going back to being a rookie and not knowing what's going on with projector technology.

Not much has changed.. Higher resolution, better black level, 3D, etc but the main thing is the price drop, along with the build quality of course.. New entry level 1080p start in the $800-$1000 range and resale value of things a few years old is worse than that of a 2 year old cell phone. For instance a Very high end Planar 8150 made between 2008-2010 with a MSRP of $8000 now sells for $2400 .. You can imagine what a 3-4 year old 720p projector that had an MSRP of $2000 would sell for now.. $175-$250. If it breaks out of warranty it is normally just junked, just like a cracked LCD TV.. Nothing is made to be fixed..
post #13 of 14
Like I said you will need both the polarizer and the Panel otherwise you will cook the new panel in record time and your color will be off from the start.-
If I were him I would look into the LGPA70 or one of the new LED models. He won't get as nice a picture as the sony but it will last a lot longer- Bohanna
Edited by Bohanna - 9/24/13 at 5:40am
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Bohanna View Post

Like I said you will need both the polarizer and the Panel otherwise you will cook the new panel in record time and your color will be off from the start.- Bohanna. If I were him I would look into the LGPA70 or one of the new LED models. He won't get as nice a picture as the sony but it will last a lot longer- Bohanna

I have to agree with this. Replacing a polarizer is easy. An LCD panel.... just forget it. I'm good at it, and it's still an incredibly fiddly job that can take hours to get close to perfect. The original optical "Block", that is the prism assembly with the 3 panels is aligned under a microscope.

Time to let this one pass away.

I've pulled better projectors out of the trash in the meantime, needing only a lamp or... believe it or not.... a LAMP TIMER RESET!
And even then, for $200 you can get some nice LESS used units.
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