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post #16891 of 17304
Interesting to hear the crash reports on the late model Audi's. I was about to buy an Audi 5000 when the unintended accelleration idiots hit the papers and destroyed Audi's resale for many years. Last month, Audi invited a group of us to take R-8 Spyders for a Saturday, followed by a 5-star meal at one of the local boutique hotels. My wife liked it so much, she said I should trade in my Nissan GT-R for it. The V-10 R-8 was not nearly as fast as the GT-R, but it was LOADS more civilized. I'm getting too old for the track, so I'm ripe. Didn't like the trans, though. One of the proctors (former F1 driver for Ensign) told me privately that the 2013 would have the twin-clutch. We'll see what the wife thinks, then. Jag just had us over for their road show, too, and the new XJ is super sweet-but I think I'd prefer the Audi A-7 (and an R-8, of course).
post #16892 of 17304
I have a lead on a sincere buyer for a Sony XBR-65HX929 if there are any Q owners wanting to sell.

Stew
post #16893 of 17304
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Originally Posted by Ted99 View Post

Interesting to hear the crash reports on the late model Audi's. I was about to buy an Audi 5000 when the unintended accelleration idiots hit the papers and destroyed Audi's resale for many years. Last month, Audi invited a group of us to take R-8 Spyders for a Saturday, followed by a 5-star meal at one of the local boutique hotels. My wife liked it so much, she said I should trade in my Nissan GT-R for it. The V-10 R-8 was not nearly as fast as the GT-R, but it was LOADS more civilized. I'm getting too old for the track, so I'm ripe. Didn't like the trans, though. One of the proctors (former F1 driver for Ensign) told me privately that the 2013 would have the twin-clutch. We'll see what the wife thinks, then. Jag just had us over for their road show, too, and the new XJ is super sweet-but I think I'd prefer the Audi A-7 (and an R-8, of course).


The new 2012 GT-R is much improved in ride quality and is even faster tha the previous models.
And it cost under 6 figures.
post #16894 of 17304
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Originally Posted by thestewman View Post

I have a lead on a sincere buyer for a Sony XBR-65HX929 if there are any Q owners wanting to sell.

Stew



I have one listed in the Display Devices for Sale section.

Thanks
post #16895 of 17304
I just got mine, sitting in the other room till I get rid of my 006.Why are some people selling them?,no good,or do you want a bigger set.
post #16896 of 17304
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Originally Posted by JKUCSMA View Post

I just got mine, sitting in the other room till I get rid of my 006.Why are some people selling them?,no good,or do you want a bigger set.

Because 65inches of Sony-ness is not 70 inches of Elite-ness??? Oh, and I don't trust Sony as an organization whatsoever anymore. And I decided to vote with my wallet. Sony is dying a slow and grueling death, just look at their last 4 quarters of financial results, the TV business is on fire, and taking massive losses. And for good reason - they are not a thought leader anymore, they make deeply faulty products, they are on the slippery slope to meaningless. Sharp on the other hand, is a horse of a different color, and gaining momentum massively as they actually run a profitable business and are expanding the TV business (and sustaining margins, actually expanding them in many cases!) - and even have signed a massively profitable deal with Apple to provide Apple's next gen displays for their next product, an Apple TV Display that is coming late 2012. They have positioned themselves for success and already have proven highly profitable in the TV and other businesses. That means more innovation, more money on R&D, higher performing products with better quality control, etc. etc. etc. I'll bank with Sharp way before Sony. They are now a thought leader, have the IP to back it up now, and are not afraid to push the envelope.

Oh, and Howard Stringer wouldn't know how to turnaround that burning ship with a map. So yeah, ask me how I really feel :-)

-Brian
post #16897 of 17304
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Originally Posted by ManWithAPlan View Post

Because 65inches of Sony-ness is not 70 inches of Elite-ness??? Oh, and I don't trust Sony as an organization whatsoever anymore. And I decided to vote with my wallet. Sony is dying a slow and grueling death, just look at their last 4 quarters of financial results, the TV business is on fire, and taking massive losses. And for good reason - they are not a thought leader anymore, they make deeply faulty products, they are on the slippery slope to meaningless. Sharp on the other hand, is a horse of a different color, and gaining momentum massively as they actually run a profitable business and are expanding the TV business (and sustaining margins, actually expanding them in many cases!) - and even have signed a massively profitable deal with Apple to provide Apple's next gen displays for their next product, an Apple TV Display that is coming late 2012. They have positioned themselves for success and already have proven highly profitable in the TV and other businesses. That means more innovation, more money on R&D, higher performing products with better quality control, etc. etc. etc. I'll bank with Sharp way before Sony. They are now a thought leader, have the IP to back it up now, and are not afraid to push the envelope.

Oh, and Howard Stringer wouldn't know how to turnaround that burning ship with a map. So yeah, ask me how I really feel :-)

-Brian

I agree with your sentiments about Sony tv. I'd probably feel even more strongly about it if I had invested in a Qualia just a few short years ago. Instead, I have a 70XBR2 that is just starting to have the inevitable optical block problems, so I'm quite unhappy with Sony right now as well.

I'm glad to hear the positive background info on Sharp. I've seen the 70" Elite, and it looked great on a brief viewing. The more affordable 70" Sharp offerings look pretty good but are not at Elite performance levels (or prices!). For Qualia lovers who are having to move on after OP problems, Sharp/Elite seems to be the only manufacturer that is investing in 70"+ flat screen tv's at consumer prices. Sony is still making some decent products in the 65" and smaller models, but they seem to have no interest in (or business plan for) making any money on 70"+ tv's in the future. The rumors of Sony getting out of the tv business may be premature, but they may have to if they can't figure out how to compete.

SDL
post #16898 of 17304
+1 on the Sony sentiments. A sinking ship on the manufacturing front. Sir Howard may be good at runnung a media company, but not a hardware company. Stew--yes the 2012 appears to have a better ride, but not R-8 (in street mode) level. BTW, the 2012's are sold out and the 2013's (due in April) have yet another bump in power, aerodynamics and handling--at an as yet unannounced price. Mine is still worth what I paid for it, retail; but it would cost me about $40K difference for the new one. Nissan has raised the price every year and that is why my value has remained the same (and low production numbers). Can't justify another $40K for an incremental improvement.
post #16899 of 17304
Merry X-Mas all!! Even though my Q has been gone for some time I still gravitate to this great thread.

Missing DiveDude...
post #16900 of 17304
The Qualia has been gone for over a week (it is still alive and well at a family members house) and we have really been enjoying the new TV (XBR-65HX929).

First think I did was turn off the glowing SONY logo....Just seeing the word gets my blood boiling.

At first my wife and I had a concern about going from 70 Inches to 65 Inches. Honestly, after a few hours, you don't notice it at all. What you do notice is the great picture quality, we have had multiple people comment on how much better this set is vs. the Qualia.

My recommendation is anyone with a Qualia should push SonyListens to get a replacement. Decide for yourself if you want to keep it or sell it. Both options will make you happy!

This thread has been a great place to get advice and information...It will be interesting to see how long it keeps going.

Good Luck to all and Happy Holidays!

John
post #16901 of 17304
I agree about the 65 vs 70. I got the 60 replacement because of the early 3rd failure of the OB and I do notice the difference. As I said at the time, the 60 was just an interim until something larger emerged, while I might have been satisfied with a 65 for the long term. My current strategy is to look for 3D to make it's appearance in the 80" Sharp, and then to wait 6 mos for prices to drop. NO MORE PREMIUM PRICED TV's FOR ME. The LCD picture just seems to be much sharper and the blacks so much better than the Q that I'm reluctant to go for another RPTV--and who knows how much longer Mits will be in that business as LCD's get bigger and bigger. For TV viewing (as opposed to movies), there appears to me to be a point of diminishing returns on "bigger" as sizes go over 70".
Sony has just sold it's largest stake in a panel manufacturing venture, now having only a 5% piece of a Sharp plant. Sony is just going to be another "jobber" for TV's, making it very easy to walk away from the business and to kiss off all customer support after the warranty period. Turn about is fair play, since I've walked away from them. The extended family bought Sharp TV's this Xmas, on my recommendation--told them specifically to stay away from Sony's premium prices for ordinary products.
post #16902 of 17304
Thread Starter 
Hard to believe, this Friday will mark the 7th Anniversary of the date I ordered the Q006. I agree with many of the sentiments on this soon to be 7 year old thread, with more than 1.3 million views -- for a niche product. The Q006 was wonderful and has also been a depressing albatross. However, the posters on this thread have made this Q006 owner's experience more than worthwhile. I miss divedude, and the earlier regular contributors like Penton-Man, brt3, BenDover and mpsan, to name just a few.

Wishing everyone a very Happy & Healthy New Year. Last year I asked Santa for a fat bank account and slimmer body. He got the two mixed up, so I am hoping he gets it right this year

Finally, and I am embarrassed to ask, but will someone please inbox me with the easiest process to get a replacement for the Q006. I've read a lot about Sarah and the Sony Listens thread, but I am not really sure where to start. Some specific guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
jb007
post #16903 of 17304
Hi:
Like the above, I would like some one to PM me about how to proceed with Sarah.
Many thanks for a great thread, and a Happy New Year to all.
Regards,
Dave
post #16904 of 17304
Why are you guys asking for PMs? That's what forum topics are for, and we can all benefit from the information.

I assume if you still have a set under some kind of warranty, you're going to have better luck than the rest of us... Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong. I would love to hear from out-of-warranty folks on their experiences.
post #16905 of 17304
Just go to Facebook,and look for the I have a defective Sony TV page,Sarah,and her friends are there every day,State your problem and somebody will contact you.I didn't have a warranty and was give a 65 929
post #16906 of 17304
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Originally Posted by JKUCSMA View Post

Just go to Facebook,and look for the I have a defective Sony TV page,Sarah,and her friends are there every day,State your problem and somebody will contact you.I didn't have a warranty and was give a 65 929

That's good advice. The process was tough, at first, and then got easier. Time will tell if it toughens up again. Go back in this thread for advice on the mechanics of the process. No need to repeat.
post #16907 of 17304
Has anyone had recent success purchasing replacement optical blocks from Tri-State Module (I learned about them from Steve's excellent resource here)?
post #16908 of 17304
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Originally Posted by HardDriver View Post

Has anyone had recent success purchasing replacement optical blocks from Tri-State Module (I learned about them from Steve's excellent resource here)?

No one has been able to have them respond to the following questions,

Do you rebuild or have in stock light engines (optical Blocks) for the
Sony KDS70Q006 ?

If not, will you rebuild a customer's light engine ?
post #16909 of 17304
Does the green blob have to be bad/clearly visible for you to get a replacement from Sony? My Qualia (third OB) is now watchable - I can see some faint yellow bands but only if have have a solid white background. Under normal content it looks quite good. Of course, we all know it is just a matter of time until it becomes unwatchable -- will it be months or years I don't know. I have seen some posts where apparently it doesn't matter what the picture looks like, but others state that you must provide proof of the green blob via a picture. Right now if I take a picture it would be very hard to see anything. Should I still try to ask for a replacement?
post #16910 of 17304
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Originally Posted by wocasio View Post

Does the green blob have to be bad/clearly visible for you to get a replacement from Sony? My Qualia (third OB) is now watchable - I can see some faint yellow bands but only if have have a solid white background. Under normal content it looks quite good. Of course, we all know it is just a matter of time until it becomes unwatchable -- will it be months or years I don't know. I have seen some posts where apparently it doesn't matter what the picture looks like, but others state that you must provide proof of the green blob via a picture. Right now if I take a picture it would be very hard to see anything. Should I still try to ask for a replacement?

Sony has canceled the replacement program before without any announcement so it might be a good idea to move forward with your request. Most of the manufacturer warranties have expired long ago.
You should be able to capture the green or yellow tint on an empty screen.
post #16911 of 17304
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Originally Posted by jb007 View Post

Hard to believe, this Friday will mark the 7th Anniversary of the date I ordered the Q006. I agree with many of the sentiments on this soon to be 7 year old thread, with more than 1.3 million views -- for a niche product. The Q006 was wonderful and has also been a depressing albatross. However, the posters on this thread have made this Q006 owner's experience more than worthwhile. I miss divedude, and the earlier regular contributors like Penton-Man, brt3, BenDover and mpsan, to name just a few.

Wishing everyone a very Happy & Healthy New Year. Last year I asked Santa for a fat bank account and slimmer body. He got the two mixed up, so I am hoping he gets it right this year

Finally, and I am embarrassed to ask, but will someone please inbox me with the easiest process to get a replacement for the Q006. I've read a lot about Sarah and the Sony Listens thread, but I am not really sure where to start. Some specific guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
jb007

Happy Holidays to one and all...including divedude and mini.

Santa must be consistently getting your request wrong because I find myself in the same boat...year in and year out

I still have my Q but don't find myself watching it as much; mainly stay in the den on the relatively tiny 50" Pio Elite Plasma.

I had my OB replaced only once; I've replaced multiple lamps.

Find myself being concerned about when the Q's picture will really jump the shark but similar to another poster I don't believe any picture I take can accurately portray any PQ issues.

I suppose I can start the process and see where it goes.

I was helping my brother-in-law research a new LED LCD over the new year's break and I was sickened by how relatively inexpensive most of the 70" sets are these days. We truly paid the early adopter tax/penalty!

As usual this time of year, I end up with some new toys/gadgets. This year, I outfitted my home with a wireless Sonos system (2 x Play:5, 3 x Play:3; 1 x Bridge; and 1 x Connect:Amp); we all love the system and being able to control each and every component using any one of our iPads, iPhones, Android phones and/or computers. I also bought my first Apple computer ever; I used Apple computers back in the late 80s through late 90s at the office but never purchased one for home use...primarily because of the cost. I opted to purchase a Mac mini w/Lion Server (Intel i7 quad core; upgraded the RAM myself to 8GB) and added an HP ZR2740W (27" LED LCD, 2560x1440 res), a wireless keyboard, wireless trackpad and Logitech C910 webcam. Kids each got an iPhone 4S and the wife got a 17" Toshiba laptop.

Happy, healthy and prosperous new year to all the Qualians (even if you don't presently have one, once a Qualian, always a Qualian).
post #16912 of 17304
Bendover--Look way back in the history and you will see my mention of a movie that exactly mimiced my OB failure in certain scenes--an overall yellow cast
post #16913 of 17304
Hello Ted and everyone else. It sure has been a while. I hope all of you have a great 2012. My Q is still at a friends house and he still likes it. Anyway, I get Sony Email with offers that I soon delete. My Free set is still running well. I am surprised that this thread and subject is still active. I did not expect that Sony would still be giving Free sets to replace our Q's.
post #16914 of 17304
Have the folks who got the 65hx929 replacements gotten them for free or at a discount? I just received a response from Sarah via facebook and she stated they were offering them at a discount. I don't know if that is the first generic response based on perhaps other sets, or whether the Qualia owners also had to pay for their replacements.
post #16915 of 17304
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Originally Posted by wocasio View Post

Have the folks who got the 65hx929 replacements gotten them for free or at a discount? I just received a response from Sarah via facebook and she stated they were offering them at a discount. I don't know if that is the first generic response based on perhaps other sets, or whether the Qualia owners also had to pay for their replacements.

We paid a "nominal fee" for our replacement. We were out of warranty (no extended warranty) and didn't know about the silent recall until after they had ended the formal part of that program. They first offered a run of the mill (read: crappy) 55" TV which we balked at. We subsequently waiting almost a year while watching this forum thread to see when they started shipping the 65HX929 after which we revived our efforts. We specifically requested the 65HX929 and they countered with another fairly crappy model. Apparently our request finally got through to someone at Sarah's level (though it was not Sarah) and we were offered the 65HX929 but we'd have to pay something like $379. Wanting to be through with the ordeal and rid of green ice (we watch a lot of hockey), we jumped at that offer. We figured that was reasonable for a $6000 (list price) TV. Hell, we'd end up paying more than that in projector bulbs over a couple-year period with the Q.
post #16916 of 17304
+1
post #16917 of 17304
ok, i've finally succumbed and just finished firing off an email to sonylistens...i hope they listen

should i proceed to take a picture of the screen and a picture of the serial number or are they no longer asking for pictures of the screen?
post #16918 of 17304
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BenDover View Post

ok, i've finally succumbed and just finished firing off an email to sonylistens...i hope they listen

should i proceed to take a picture of the screen and a picture of the serial number or are they no longer asking for pictures of the screen?

Sony listened to me

Sony will send you an email outlining the procedure. The picture of the issue on your Q006 must also include in the photo a piece of paper with the event number visible. Sony will also require that you send them the original serial number sticker from the back of the Q006.

So, there is really nothing more you can do at this point other than to wait for the email.

Good luck
post #16919 of 17304
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Originally Posted by jb007 View Post

Sony listened to me

Sony will send you an email outlining the procedure. The picture of the issue on your Q006 must also include in the photo a piece of paper with the event number visible. Sony will also require that you send them the original serial number sticker from the back of the Q006.

So, there is really nothing more you can do at this point other than to wait for the email.

Good luck

thanks, jb...always comforting to here from the very first Qualian...so i have to wait for them to provide the event number.

why aren't you at CES placing an order for some of the insane ultra hdtv sets being shown for an ultra premium
post #16920 of 17304
Not just the ser # sticker--the whole grey sticker with the model that the ser# sticker is on top of.
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