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post #31 of 412
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Originally posted by Laserfan
Browsers of this thread may be interested to know that Crutchfield has the 60xbr800 for sale for $4300 & free shipping. Mine's on the way; for now the search for the elusive tweak file continues in earnest, though who knows I may be satisfied w/just new gamma and a filter...
This one?

 

gwtweak090603.pdf 446.796875k . file
post #32 of 412
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Originally posted by dj81462
This one?

Wow, 21 mins for a response! What took you so long?

Many thanks dj!

Can you or someone here tell me plz what are the width & depth of the BASE for the 60xbr800? Need to buy a stand & don't like the sugw1.

Thanks again!
post #33 of 412
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Originally posted by Laserfan
Can you or someone here tell me plz what are the width & depth of the BASE for the 60xbr800? Need to buy a stand & don't like the sugw1.

Thanks again!

Here ya go!!!!!

 

gwii dimensions.pdf 104.6767578125k . file
post #34 of 412
Quote:
Originally posted by Laserfan
Wow, 21 mins for a response! What took you so long?

Many thanks dj!

Can you or someone here tell me plz what are the width & depth of the BASE for the 60xbr800? Need to buy a stand & don't like the sugw1.


Thanks again!

The base dimensions are on the first page of the tweak file.

I bought stand from Best Buy on-line. 58" wide and looks good too. Shipping weight is wrong, this stand weighs about 150lbs. UPS was pissed when they delivered it because it ships with a 59lb sticker so they take it. Shipping was free.

Bush Stand
post #35 of 412
I bought my kf60xbr800 (gwII) about 3 weeks ago. I was debating if I should have got the gwiii model but after reading all the issues that the gwiii models are having, i'm glad I got the gwii. No problems yet.

Oh, I bought the thing before reading up on it here. Plus the discount on the set was excellent.
post #36 of 412
I took delivery of mine November 16th, 2002. Still doing great, knock on wood. I think these XBR sets are just phenomenal. The GWII was the third iteration in the same physical chassis, so it's not surprising that it's pretty solidly executed. Glad to see that people stirring up controversy and FUD were proved wrong!


Ron
post #37 of 412
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Originally posted by dj81462
The base dimensions are on the first page of the tweak file.

I bought stand from Best Buy on-line. 58" wide and looks good too. Shipping weight is wrong, this stand weighs about 150lbs. UPS was pissed when they delivered it because it ships with a 59lb sticker so they take it. Shipping was free.

Bush Stand

I bought this base today:

http://www.circuitcity.com/detail.js...9&catoid=-9798

It's shorter and shallower than the other stand, which BB didn't have anyway. CC was showing a 70" GWIII on it; turns out its max weight is given as 117lbs--I thought the 70 would be at least as heavy as the 60xbr800.

So I might have to reinforce it somehow to help-out the tempered glass shelf (a good 3/8" thick) since I'm almost 30lbs overweight.

BTW can't find the base dimensions in the tweak file dj--did your attachment include everything...

Edit: oops just noticed CouchPotato's post, thanks...
post #38 of 412
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Originally posted by Couch Patato
Here ya go!!!!!

What a nice doc, thanks! Makes me wonder what other goodies might be available on the xbr800 series?

I've Googled for stuff, and the Service Manuals seem to have disappeared--does anyone know of an enthusiast's site, or ftp site, that has more of this kind of stuff?
post #39 of 412
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Originally posted by Laserfan


Can you or someone here tell me plz what are the width & depth of the BASE for the 60xbr800? Need to buy a stand & don't like the sugw1.

Thanks again!

I bought one of these stands for my 60xbr800 at circuit city.


I think it looks pretty good.

ok, I can't post urls until i reach my 5th post

Go to circuit city's website and search for

Gusdorf 36" Television Stand
Brand/Model: GUS 13521
LL
post #40 of 412
I made the mistake of purchasing the Sony Stand for the GW II. Its solid, and it's nice, but it doesn't have enough room for all my components. (I had to store my dvd changer in an $30 Walmart special.)
post #41 of 412
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Originally posted by Laserfan
I bought this base today:

http://www.circuitcity.com/detail.js...9&catoid=-9798

BTW can't find the base dimensions in the tweak file dj--did your attachment include everything...

Edit: oops just noticed CouchPotato's post, thanks...

It's there. Under the front view diagram is the bottom view diagram. The base is right about 38 3/4" X 21 3/8th's"
post #42 of 412
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Originally posted by Couch Patato
It's there. Under the front view diagram is the bottom view diagram. The base is right about 38 3/4" X 21 3/8th's"

Hmm, there are no diagrams at all on the doc I have (gwtweak090603.pdf) from the earlier dj post. Wonder what I'm missing...
post #43 of 412
One year old gwII 50 xbr, 3200 hrs, flawless.
post #44 of 412
Quote:
Originally posted by Laserfan
Hmm, there are no diagrams at all on the doc I have (gwtweak090603.pdf) from the earlier dj post. Wonder what I'm missing...
He meant to get this doc...

 

gwii dimensions.pdf 104.6767578125k . file
post #45 of 412
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Originally posted by jbaraga


Has anybody bought a backup bulb? If so, where, and how much?

Bought a bulb in November from Vance Baldwin Electronics

XL2000U - $200 + $7.53 shipping to Missouri

Took over 6 weeks to get it delivered, they were out of stock.


Heino Pull
post #46 of 412
My GWII is 11 months old. I did the UMR tweaks and the set is still flawless in every respect. To my eyes it is just as bright as the day I bought it. After being wowed by my GWII, a friend and my father, both bought GWIIIs. They are both 3 months old and have NO turn on, noticeable dead pixels, or buzzing problems.

I also recommended the Samsung DLP to two friends that were concerned about the Sony's lack of black levels. They are both having lip sync problems with their 1 month old sets.
post #47 of 412
Has anyone with a heavily-used GWII noticed the "LCD panel degradation" that that hokey TI study inicated? I sincerely doubt it, but I'm curious nonetheless. For those who aren't aware, this TI study was of front projectors, and they found (under suspicious testing conditions) that the LCD panels lost color, especially blue, after heavy use.
post #48 of 412
My floor model GWII has a lamp time of about 3200 hours. I don't see any LCD panel degradations or color loss. Before purchasing this floor model I compared the PQ with the newer 60WE610 model with the same video source (units side by side). I could not see any difference in PQ except the XBR800 had a little bit more of a sharper image, but that could be related to the picture mode settings. I did research some of the dis/advantages of LCD projection technology and DLP from this website.

http://www.projectorpoint.co.uk/ProjectorLCDvsDLP.htm

Disadvantages of LCD
Chicken wire effect causing the image to look more pixellated.

Generally more bulky, as there are more internal components.

'Dead Pixels' - Pixels can become permanently on or permanently off, while this is barely noticeable with one dead pixel, if the projector develops multiple dead pixels it can be a irritation.

LCD panels can fail, and are very expensive to replace. DLP chips can also fail but as there are fewer parts in a DLP projector this is relatively rare.
post #49 of 412
I've had mine about 7 months and it's going strong. No problems what so ever. I just bought all my stuff to build my HTPC. I can't wait to watch some WMV-HD content on it. I have been reading all day the various DVI HTPC GWIII threads and about the 1304x734 res people have been using. I hope it will work the same for my XBR800.
post #50 of 412
My GWII 50 (since 6/03) seems to be fine- save for a couple things.
Static hum from fan area - (not fan mechanics) can be heard -must turn volume up 12 or so clicks to drown out. Hum goes away bout 10 seconds after shut off (and before fan stops). Ideas?
Set continues to make cracking sounds (even when off). Few dead- but not noticeable pixels.

Quick question: Originally purchased set in March 03- but returned 1st two (circuit city) because of pixel issues. Will Sony honor the 6/03 or 3/03 purchase for warranty? SHould I have them take a look at hum issue?

thanks.


GO PATS!
post #51 of 412
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Originally posted by TheGloucesterman
Quick question: Originally purchased set in March 03- but returned 1st two (circuit city) because of pixel issues. Will Sony honor the 6/03 or 3/03 purchase for warranty? SHould I have them take a look at hum issue?

IMO, Sony will only honor what's on the receipt. You should have gotten a new receipt each time you got a replacement; if so, they will honor 6/03. If you didn't get a new receipt, you might be able to get one from the store.

Even when one initially receives a TV, one should get a new receipt with the delivery date on it, to rightfully get the full one year warranty.
post #52 of 412
My 60 GWII was delivered on December 31, 2002. Most UMR tweaks have been applied. The set is still going strong with no apparent degradation. I couldn't be happier.
Question: Other than replacing the bulb, have there been any reported problems associated with heavy usage? Does anyone have any experience with repairs outside the factory/extended warranty? Is there any reason to believe I cannot go on enjoying this set for years, subject to having to replace the bulb?
post #53 of 412
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by TheGloucesterman
[BSet continues to make cracking sounds (even when off).

GO PATS! [/b]

I noticed this also! Seems the plastic cabniet lets out a loud crack randomly. Wierd but apparently harmless.
post #54 of 412
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Originally posted by hrpull
Bought a bulb in November from Vance Baldwin Electronics

XL2000U - $200 + $7.53 shipping to Missouri

Took over 6 weeks to get it delivered, they were out of stock.


Heino Pull

Wow - out of stock! Have people been stockpiling these, or are few released for public consumption? Has anyone had to change their bulb yet?
post #55 of 412
If you need a bulb, call this number: 1-800-488-7669. This is Sony's Kansas City Parts & Manuals toll free number. They should always have the bulbs in stock.
post #56 of 412
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Originally posted by Nullman
For anyone interested. I put a few pictures up of my TV (50XBR800) playing Finding Nemo (which still blows me away) and Project Gotham Racing 2 on Xbox.

The DVD is playing on a Bravo D1 via DVI (D1 set to 720p), all of UMR's tweaks other than color filter, which I just received BTW. The pictures were taken with a cheapy Nikon CoolPics 2100, but they look great!


you can find them here: www.xboxphreaker.com

Looks great!, is Project Gotham Racing a 720P game?
post #57 of 412
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Originally posted by XBRSteve
Looks great!, is Project Gotham Racing a 720P game?

Actually no. It's 480p with widescreen support. It does have some nice full screen antialiasing going on though.
post #58 of 412
Hard to believe it's been 14 months already. Can't imagine being denied a year's worth of HDTV and DVD enjoyment with this 60" baby just to hold out for one of the current models. And I know I'm biased, but I much prefer the GWII's chassis over any of the GWIIIs.
post #59 of 412
I received my 50" on 4/7/03. I had loved every minute of it until last Friday 1/23/04 when the lamp blew out. I'm not bitter though, I knew what I was getting into thanks to all the wonderful members at AVS FORUM

Here's what it took to get it fixed:
1) Since I am still within the one year warranty, I called the 800 number on the user manual. A nice operator took the information and gave me a 'file #' to reference for the problem. Since this was a Sony Employee Purchase (which I got through a friend of a friend) the operator informed me that she would send the case to the department that handles service for the employees...I didn't tell her I wasn't an employee. She explained that I would be called within 24 business hours, which I took to mean three business days.

2) On Wednesday 1/28/04 (three business days later) I hadn't yet received a call so I called back the 800 number on the user manual. The operator that took my call this time actually asked if I was an employee. I told him the truth...I figured they would know anyway. He told me to call 'Sony Factory Service In Home' at 866-443-7116. I could have gotten mad and complained about not being told to call this number last Friday, but I figured that would accomplish nothing.

3) I called the 866 # and waited on hold for about 15 minutes. When I got a live body, I was told the earliest date they could send someone to service the television would be February 18th, or I could call one of the authorized sony service providers in my area. Needless to say, I chose the latter. I was also told to have my proof of delivery date (4/7/04) handy to give to the service guy for warranty purposes.

4) I called the closest of the four service providers I was given (AVS in Culver City, CA 310-306-4600). They asked if I had proof of the purchase/delivery date, which I do in the form of the packing slip and the delivery company's receipt with the truck drivers signature and date. I was told they had the part (XL-2000U) in stock and it could be handled that afternoon. Great Andy from AVS arrived right on time (one hour window), did some basic QA about the problem, went to his truck, got the lamp, put it in. All fixed, no charge Andy also told me I could buy the lamp from him next time it goes out. It's so great working with local mom-and-pop outfits where you talk to real people who care about their customers.

The worst part of the experience was listening to the wife complain about paying $2500 for a piece-o-junk and then complain further about the 19" Toshiba stand-in. She even threatened me that she would be writing a letter to Sony's legal department (She's a Paralegal). She still can't believe we are going to have to spend the cost of new TV ($200) every time the lamp goes out. Even though someone in this forum suggested against buying a lamp and keeping it handy (because the warranty period of 90 days starts at purchase date), I think I will just so I don't have to here it from the wife next time.

I hope this little story helps other members understand some of the process. If you live in the West Los Angeles area, I highly recommend AVS in Culver City.

My first post, thanks again for everyone at AVS for making my life easier!
post #60 of 412
How many hours were on the lamp when it blew?
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