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post #5491 of 5686
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Originally Posted by mimason View Post

I'd replace the bulb or try a high gain screen. I have 900+ hrs using a SS and it's still very bright and punchy in low light mode.

I plan to keep my hs51 for 1 more year until my 2 year warranty is up then upgrade pj's. I want a significant improvement in pq so am hoping for 3 chipers or a Ruby 2 under 3-4k by next year.

My screen is a Stewart Firehawk (1.35), but it's perfed (-11%) for the center channel speaker located behind, and it's 92" wide. I'm thinking that someone with a smaller, non-perfed screen would see a considerably brighter picture.
post #5492 of 5686
Update:

I haven't needed to shift my image for several days... approximately a week. My issue went from bad to improved to non existant. I love my 51 now Yaaaa!!
post #5493 of 5686
Greetings,

Reap, that good news. My Hs51 had minor issues with drifting although it was nothing to complain about. I am happy to reprot that the 51a has no such problems.


Regards,
post #5494 of 5686
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Originally Posted by reaper View Post

Update:

I haven't needed to shift my image for several days... approximately a week. My issue went from bad to improved to non existant. I love my 51 now Yaaaa!!

If it happens again, could you put some clear scotch tape on the adjustment wheels to stop it from slipping on it's own? Is it slipping independently of the adjustment wheels?
post #5495 of 5686
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Originally Posted by Vikes4ever View Post

If it happens again, could you put some clear scotch tape on the adjustment wheels to stop it from slipping on it's own? Is it slipping independently of the adjustment wheels?


Nah... tried that, doesn't help.

The ONLY thing that fixed my lens-shift problem was to turn the thumbwheels to the end of their travel, then center the image (without going too far). That solved it for me.

HS
post #5496 of 5686
After about 3,000 flawless hours of operation my VPL-51 (not 51A) is in need of repair. Probably a panel problem there is blue tinting at the the top middle and also blue/purple down the middle and and noticeble blue streak along the right edge.

I am on my 4th bulb since I change the bulb about every 700 hours because of brightness. I swapped out the bulb thinking the blue might be caused by a bulb failure but the problem is the same.

I purchased the projector December of 2004 so I am within the 2 year warranty period.

Is there a prefferred Sony telephone number to call for video projectors to arrange for a RMA number.

Thanks,
Gary

VPL-HS51
DVDO IscanHD+
OPPO SDI modified DVD Player
HD-250 Tivo
post #5497 of 5686
Most likely a bad blue polarizer.
post #5498 of 5686
Or blue panel misconvergence.
post #5499 of 5686
I've had my hs-51 for nearly 1.5 years (has it been that long?), and I've been thinking about sending it in to get serviced as well.

You guys who are sending it in, was it still under warranty, or did you just pay a service charge for all the work done? And I know the current numbers the buried in this thread somewhere, but post plz

Note: I have over 2000 hrs on the first bulb(eco mode), and I have changed the filter 2x now, I regularly have it on for 4-6 hrs per session whether I'm there to use it or not. I do remember around the 800hr it suddenly dimmed, I was thinking oh crap, but it turns out after I recalibrated, it seemed ok again.
post #5500 of 5686
Have any members married a Toshiba HD-A1 with their Sony ?
I would appreciate any comments.
Thank you.
post #5501 of 5686
I suggest you call the main Sony customer service number to start the service process. Then you can follow up with these folks below if you have any trouble. I don't think you should contact either person below as a 1st step, as they will direct you to the customer service front door.

good luck and keep us posted.

Ricardo Zárate RodrÃ*guez
Diagnostic Engineer
Projector's Department
956) 728 2100 Ext.0819
SONY Laredo Repair Center
E-MAIL Ricardo.Zarate@am.sony.com

Andres Gomez
Production Supervisor
SONY Laredo Customer Satisfaction Center
Ph: (867) 711-0911 (MX)
Ph: (956) 728-2111 (US)
e-mail: andres.gomez@am.sony.com

Cheers

RJ
...

BTW... when I had a serious problem with red/blue bias occur on my 51, Sony replaced my entire prism block, which was basically the complete RGB LCD assembly.
post #5502 of 5686
For Sale in the AVS marketplace is my HS51

Almost perfect convergance, no lens shifting Problems.

Still on first bulb, not used very offen.
post #5503 of 5686
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Originally Posted by masterpasser View Post

Have any members married a Toshiba HD-A1 with their Sony ?
I would appreciate any comments.
Thank you.

Stellar pretty much sums it up, they play together very well. Just make sure you set output to 1080, not 720.
post #5504 of 5686
Thanks for the info Byte, I'm thinking of sending it in farely soon, since the red/blue bias is starting to annoy me.
post #5505 of 5686
Apologies in advance for the long post ;-)
BACKGROUND: I have a Sony VPLHS51 and a Denon AVR-3806 A/V Receiver that I use for audio/video switching (among other things). I have a component video connection to the PJ and it appears I may be forced to add an HDMI connection. I say forced because if I want to use the HDMI In/out switching function, I get no Component output b/c Denon does not convert HDMI input to Component output (I assume this is a copy protection restriction if nothing else).

My problem is that I want to be able to incorporate my laptop (or perhaps a dedicated HTPC) to the A/V Switching. I figured I could do this with a DB-15 VGA to Component video adapter/cable. I have tried many different Computer video setting, but get "Frequency out of Range" on the Sony VPLHS51 for everything I have tried with the VGA to Component cable. When I look at the 'information' on the Sony PJ menu, it shows Horizontal and Vertical frequency both set to 999.9 (or was it 99.9) - my assumption is that these FRQs are not set to any value by the PC, and I can't find a place to set them. The monitor frequency setting in the PC setup is 60hz, and trying other hz numbers (66, 72, etc.) makes no difference.

QUESTION: Has anyone successfully tried to connect VGA out to Component in on the VPLHS51 (or another projector for that matter)?

Alternative 1: I suppose I can run a DB15 to the projector, but since I have component already and will run HDMI next, I think the 1-1/2 conduit in the ceiling to get to my projector will start to give me space problems with all three cables, especially for pulling through the DB-15 connector. This also complicates the video switching, since it is no longer done via the Denon A/V receiver. Some of this could be alleviated by just leaving the Sony PJ on auto source selection, but the VGA Video would probably be on a lot of the time.

Aside note on long VGA/DB-15: I have not seen good results with long VGA connections; the 25' shielded video cable I have has serious degradation of picture quality (sparkles, etc.) when compared to a cheap 6' unshielded cable. Not sure if this is a general VGA problem, or with the specific cable I have. A Crutchfield showroom salesman said when he ran long VGA connections for a University, they ran multiple shielded RG-6 coax with a conversion to VGA (presumably soldered) on each end. Seems to make sense it would work, but pretty bulky.

Alternative 2: if/when I get a dedicated HTPC, I could ensure I have a DVI output and convert the DVI to HDMI via adapter/cable. Should I expect to run into the same frequency problem with this scenario? Anyone tried this?
post #5506 of 5686
Quote:
Originally Posted by JollyGreenGiant View Post

Apologies in advance for the long post ;-)
BACKGROUND: I have a Sony VPLHS51 and a Denon AVR-3806 A/V Receiver that I use for audio/video switching (among other things). I have a component video connection to the PJ and it appears I may be forced to add an HDMI connection. I say forced because if I want to use the HDMI In/out switching function, I get no Component output b/c Denon does not convert HDMI input to Component output (I assume this is a copy protection restriction if nothing else).

My problem is that I want to be able to incorporate my laptop (or perhaps a dedicated HTPC) to the A/V Switching. I figured I could do this with a DB-15 VGA to Component video adapter/cable. I have tried many different Computer video setting, but get "Frequency out of Range" on the Sony VPLHS51 for everything I have tried with the VGA to Component cable. When I look at the 'information' on the Sony PJ menu, it shows Horizontal and Vertical frequency both set to 999.9 (or was it 99.9) - my assumption is that these FRQs are not set to any value by the PC, and I can't find a place to set them. The monitor frequency setting in the PC setup is 60hz, and trying other hz numbers (66, 72, etc.) makes no difference.

QUESTION: Has anyone successfully tried to connect VGA out to Component in on the VPLHS51 (or another projector for that matter)?

Alternative 1: I suppose I can run a DB15 to the projector, but since I have component already and will run HDMI next, I think the 1-1/2 conduit in the ceiling to get to my projector will start to give me space problems with all three cables, especially for pulling through the DB-15 connector. This also complicates the video switching, since it is no longer done via the Denon A/V receiver. Some of this could be alleviated by just leaving the Sony PJ on auto source selection, but the VGA Video would probably be on a lot of the time.

Aside note on long VGA/DB-15: I have not seen good results with long VGA connections; the 25' shielded video cable I have has serious degradation of picture quality (sparkles, etc.) when compared to a cheap 6' unshielded cable. Not sure if this is a general VGA problem, or with the specific cable I have. A Crutchfield showroom salesman said when he ran long VGA connections for a University, they ran multiple shielded RG-6 coax with a conversion to VGA (presumably soldered) on each end. Seems to make sense it would work, but pretty bulky.

Alternative 2: if/when I get a dedicated HTPC, I could ensure I have a DVI output and convert the DVI to HDMI via adapter/cable. Should I expect to run into the same frequency problem with this scenario? Anyone tried this?

This is slightly off-topic here and while you may get an answer, you're much more likely to get an answer on the Home Theater Computers forum.
post #5507 of 5686
Hi-- I have an HS51 and after reading of some problems with bulbs exploding, I decided to change my bulb which had 1400 hrs on it. Everything went fine, however I am unable to reset the bulb hour counter reset. I've followed the instructions in the manual (a series of remote keystrokes) with the projector plugged in, but off to no avail. Same keystrokes with the pj on also produces no results. Any other way I can do this ?
Thanks,
Dan
post #5508 of 5686
^^^^^Can anybody suggest something ?^^^^^^^
post #5509 of 5686
As simple as this sounds I would try it again.

The projector has to be in standby mode and the sequence needs to be completed within 5 seconds.

I recall the reset not working sometimes for whatever reason but after a retry it worked. Try pointing the remote directly at the projector.

Regards,
Gary
post #5510 of 5686
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Originally Posted by JollyGreenGiant View Post

I figured I could do this with a DB-15 VGA to Component video adapter/cable. I have tried many different Computer video setting, but get "Frequency out of Range" on the Sony VPLHS51 for everything I have tried with the VGA to Component cable. QUESTION: Has anyone successfully tried to connect VGA out to Component in on the VPLHS51 (or another projector for that matter)?

Your video card probably does not output component video via the vga port, so the cable won't work. I bet it's trying to send RGB instead. Possibly there is a setting for the card that could turn it on, otherwise you would either have to replace the card with one that has a component output and continue as usual, or just break down and run the hdmi cable. A vga to component transcoder is also an option. I'm running a very affordable 50 foot vga cable (also component and DVI too both 50 feet) purchased from a forum sponsor with no problems at all, now tested with 3 projectors...a dlp, crt and now my brand new hs51a!
post #5511 of 5686
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Originally Posted by gdemott View Post

As simple as this sounds I would try it again.

The projector has to be in standby mode and the sequence needs to be completed within 5 seconds.

I recall the reset not working sometimes for whatever reason but after a retry it worked. Try pointing the remote directly at the projector.

Regards,
Gary

Thanks Gary..I'll give it another whirl.
post #5512 of 5686
I just picked up a HS51A and have a question about a possible problem with the unit. When the projector acquires a new signal it makes a short, rapid series of clicking noises. This happens both with HDMI and component connections (I haven't tried the others). Once the signal is locked in, the projector operates great and I have no other issues with it.

My previous project was an HS10 and it didn't make any clicking noises when it was changing resolutions or displaying a new signal. Is the clicking that I am hearing normal? Is it the auto-iris freaking out? Thanks for any tips.
post #5513 of 5686
The clicking you're hearing is probably the iris.

When you say short, rapid series... how long of a series? Shouldn't be more than one or two clicks at most as the iris closes or opens up.
post #5514 of 5686
O.K., so I am in the market for a new projector to replace my 5 1/2 year old Sony VPL-VW10HT. I just went and saw a HS60 in action. Anyone else seen these yet? From what the sales guy told me, they removed one of the lens shift options (I beleive it was vertical), which won't be a problem for me based on my existing mounting. The price was much lower than I expected it to be for a brand new model at an actual mortar and brick store. One thing I noticed about this projector was how quiet it was.

The sales guy turned the volume all the way down and you could barely make out the sound of a fan. Has anyone on here heard/seen the HS60's and been able to compare it to the 50's or 51's? My 10HT has a jet engine compared to this! This is a huge plus for me, as well as the layout of the exhaust port, since it is the same as my 10HT and I have an exhaust fan to draw the air out. I was looking at getting an InFocus IN76, but after seeing this, I am not sure. I want to find a dealer who has both, but that is harder than I thought. Unfortunatly for me, the IN76 has the vents on the sides of the projector and it pushes the hot air out the wrong side for my existing exhaust set-up, so the Sony is much easier.

I am hoping Sony has made corrections so the bulbs last longer on the HS60's from all the complaining I have heard.
post #5515 of 5686
Mine clicks on any change/loss of signal on an input or switching of inputs. It sounds like a normal mechanical relay.
post #5516 of 5686
ODL/darkwire: I was getting one or two clicks most of the time. The times I was getting more clicks was when I was spinning the receiver video source selection which makes sense.

Scott: The HS60 is almost exactly the same as the HS51A (the 51A has networking support which is useless). All of the rest of the internals is the same. I too upgraded from an older sony (VPL-HS10) and the low, low noise of the HS51A is probably my favorite feature after sitting through years of the LOUD HS10 fans. The black level and contrast of the HS51A also blows away my old HS10. I found it at a brick and mortar store for under 2k and at this price I don't think this projector can be beat.
post #5517 of 5686
Andrew, I actually have an older projector than you did, the HS10 that you have came out several years after my 10HT. The VPL-VW10HT was replaced with the 11Ht, then the 12HT and I think the 13HT was the timeframe for when the HS10 came out.

So, you think the fan level on the HS51A and HS60 are the same or close? I will probably go check out a 51A tomorrow.
post #5518 of 5686
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Originally Posted by SVonhof View Post

So, you think the fan level on the HS51A and HS60 are the same or close? I will probably go check out a 51A tomorrow.

Yes, the fan level on the HS51A and the HS60 will be the same. My owners manual has both models on the cover. I've kind of been out of the projector loop, so I don't know if there was ever such a thing as a HS51. Just make sure it has the A on the end and it will be the same hardware as the HS60.
post #5519 of 5686
Thanks.
post #5520 of 5686
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Originally Posted by Andrew_B View Post

ODL/darkwire: I was getting one or two clicks most of the time. The times I was getting more clicks was when I was spinning the receiver video source selection which makes sense.

Go through the menu and manually turn on and off the iris and see if it's the same sounding click that you're hearing. If so, then it's normal and I wouldn't worry about it.


On another note regarding the dead bulb @ 490 hours, called sony and they ok'd sending my unit into Laredo. Wanted to verify that nothing was wrong with the unit... and they'll probably cover a new bulb. Might as well get the panels aligned as well, too.
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