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post #17071 of 17304
I contacted Sarah through Facebook. First I was told I could only get a 729, then after I pressed the issue, the 929s were "not available." I told Sarah of other Q owners getting 929s, then I offered to pay the $375 (as I also indicated others had done). Next thing I knew, all was approved and my 929 was delivered within a couple of weeks. Good luck.
post #17072 of 17304
Yes, they will tell you that they are not currently available and that you will have a long wait. Tell them you are willing to wait. Once the paperwork goes through the set will arrive within 10 days or so.
post #17073 of 17304
When I originally called, I did state that I knew someone that received a 929 as a replacement for the Q. They didn't budge. When I finally was contacted by someone on Sarah's staff, they offered up the 65" 729 immediately. I asked if I could wait for the 929 instead and they obliged. They did tell me that it may be weeks or months before one arrives and that I would need to call every 2 weeks or so to check on their stock. She gave me a private line direct to her department to use. I said I would have no problem waiting and that they would here from me every two weeks until I got the set smile.gif

So that's where I'm at right now.
post #17074 of 17304
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Originally Posted by club968 View Post

When I originally called, I did state that I knew someone that received a 929 as a replacement for the Q. They didn't budge. When I finally was contacted by someone on Sarah's staff, they offered up the 65" 729 immediately. I asked if I could wait for the 929 instead and they obliged. They did tell me that it may be weeks or months before one arrives and that I would need to call every 2 weeks or so to check on their stock. She gave me a private line direct to her department to use. I said I would have no problem waiting and that they would here from me every two weeks until I got the set smile.gif
So that's where I'm at right now.

Your in the queue so should be no problem.
You'll may be surprised how quickly they get one to ship to you
post #17075 of 17304
yep, sounds like the same story each of us experienced...good news is that you will magically have your set within a couple of weeks!
post #17076 of 17304
Thread Starter 
FYI - I just saw on the Sony 929 owner's thread that Sony has discontinued the 929 series and may not be replacing it with a newer model.
post #17077 of 17304
I just dropped in this forum on a whim to see if this thread is still going.

Unbelievable.

A record for the forum?

What's wit' you guys? biggrin.gif

You have my admiration for sticking to your passion..smile.gif
post #17078 of 17304
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

I just dropped in this forum on a whim to see if this thread is still going.
Unbelievable.
A record for the forum?
What's wit' you guys? biggrin.gif
You have my admiration for sticking to your passion..smile.gif

We have lost a bit of steam but it has been an amazing community for a long time for all of us. I know I would be quite put out if the thread were to go poof. While it doesn't have the kind of activity it once had and any hope of new developments in terms of fixes or tech has faded the people haven't smile.gif. I still miss the old feeling I had when the Q arrived. Technology just hasn't wowed me since. I keep hoping something with "Lasers" will do the trick as everything is supposed to be better with lasers but so far they haven't gone very far. Personally I am beginning to fear that "TV" may be a thing of the past as personal video that has fine enough resolution may very well overtake it and given the resolution and pricing of the ipad and some of the amazing chips they have out there it really should take off soon. Of course the idea of everyone sitting around with headsets (or even more scary having lasers aimed at your eyes...) doesn't have quite the same feeling as the big screen impact. I hope all of us Q types will stick around and be ready to weigh in on the "next big thing" when it finally hits (and be jaded enough to help me resist when it really isn't the right time to dive in again).
post #17079 of 17304
I can understand what you mean. There is the issue of how some significant portion of the viewing audience is becoming "fine" with lower quality viewing experiences...at the same time as home theater and display devices offer ever better possible images and larger viewing experiences.

But for us enthusiasts I still think it's good times. Though, I can see that if you've been addicted to a particular type of image signature, e.g. the Qualia, that it can be a bummer if it's not available anymore.

I'd considered and auditioned the Qualia originally, but found myself ultimately more enamored of plasma at the time, so I went that way. I was the first person I knew for a long time who had a plasma, let alone a flat-screen TV of any type. It was a huge thrill. And the image seemed so big compared to the smaller tube sets these panels replaced (I replaced a 27" 4:3 tube set with a 42" plasma). (BTW, I can relate to the idea of preferring a type of image technology. I can admire things about LCD flat panels but for me they have never overcome major issues such as rising black level/lowering contrast and color information as one moves from the sweet spot. I would be very bummed out if Plasma disappeared in favor of only LCD being available). Over time I had intended to upgrade to a larger image as 50" and up displays became more available and prices gradually came down. But by the time I was finally ready to spend the cash on a bigger plasma, now everyone had a 16:9 flat panel. What once felt so much more cinematic now was just a regular old "TV."

What got the juices flowing again for me was the move to front projection. I'd actually borrowed a friend's crappy business projector to project a 65" diag image on my wall in preparation of buying a new 65" plasma. But then, playing Jurassic Park, I zoomed the image out to over 100" diagonal and my jaw just dropped. Now THIS was cinematic. It really felt like being at the movies rather than just watching TV. I was hooked. Since then I've set up a large front projection system (in a room that doubles as a living room/av room) and have been giddy ever since.
The image quality you can get with a good front projector can be out of this world - massive, incredibly sharp and vibrant, rich in contrast and walk-into-the-screen dimensional looking. (And with the new 4K res projectors, incredibly smooth and sharp).

So if you bemoan losing the "big screen" thrill, I think the "next big thing" is possibly already here and available as a step from a flat panel or rear projection TV. Have you thought about a projector?
post #17080 of 17304
Thank you, yes I did serious projector evaluation awhile back and haven't really dipped my toes back in for years. It sounds like they have made some real strides, but the setup issues and light control always made it a "heroic effort" type of technology that I would only undertake if I was in pure wholehearted love with it. For now that first pure infatuation blush has passed, but it sounds like if I want another dose seeing a great 4k setup might make sense. I do hope they soon concentrate on making source material at higher resolution, but that means that they will have to find a new distribution medium, please insert blue-ray 4 of 6 to continue just won't cut it and online delivery is also out unless we get Japan level speeds.
post #17081 of 17304
Hey guys, joined here just for this thread. I have a situation, I've found a perfect (so far) Q for an insane price very close to me, and I have to say, I'm having a hard time not pulling the trigger right now. However, I am scared that it will turn into a massive doorstop...who knows, it could go bad tomorrow. I've seen screenshots, its perfect now, but how much longer do you think it really has at this point? How many hours are we generally seeing before it happens? I'm moving somewhere in a couple days, will only be there for about 10 months, then coming back to a DLP project setup. Do you think it's still a decent buy? I know I'll have no recourse if something does go wrong, and that scares me. But I do want it badly. Thoughts? This thread is great by the way. Top notch.
post #17082 of 17304
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Audiophyle View Post

Hey guys, joined here just for this thread. I have a situation, I've found a perfect (so far) Q for an insane price very close to me, and I have to say, I'm having a hard time not pulling the trigger right now. However, I am scared that it will turn into a massive doorstop...who knows, it could go bad tomorrow. I've seen screenshots, its perfect now, but how much longer do you think it really has at this point? How many hours are we generally seeing before it happens? I'm moving somewhere in a couple days, will only be there for about 10 months, then coming back to a DLP project setup. Do you think it's still a decent buy? I know I'll have no recourse if something does go wrong, and that scares me. But I do want it badly. Thoughts? This thread is great by the way. Top notch.

Very difficult to predict. Heat seems to exacerbate and accelerate the process of the OB green blob. In what part of the country are you located? How warm or cool will the room be where the Q006 is located?

Finally, It's tough to say if it's "decent buy" because I don't know what the "insane price" is. It's all relative. In the end, sounds as though it's looking good enough right now that it should last 10 months, if I understand your timing correctly.

Good luck!
post #17083 of 17304
Haha sorry I should have given the price..650, with the original stand and he's throwing a blu-ray player at that price, don't really need/want that so I'll try to wiggle him down a bit further without that perhaps. I'm located in WI, close to Milwaukee, and so is the TV. Not clear on if he is the original owner yet, that would be great if he was. TV would be going to IN for 10 months and then back here to WI. Of course, both fairly cool climates, although this summer was crazy. I'm sure in an air-conditioned room it's been fairly well maintained. Additionally, I'm assuming that responses from Sony on the OB on the Facebook page are limited to original owners, not guys like me who pick them up for nothing second hand. They don't list needing proof of purchase or anything at all really for single claims it looks like, maybe I could weasel one out? Who knows. Doubt it. Either way, I'm thinking I will go for it, can't do better than the best, after all.

EDIT: Just spoke with the guy, apparently he is the second owner, the original owner was a quite wealthy guy who bought 3 right away (anybody here?) and apparently was maintained flawlessly. He said it has almost no hours on it, and has any upgrades provided by the factory, if there were any (I'm not knowledgeable enough to know about this), and looks perfect as it is. The guy is also a big time AV guy, so I feel confident in his description. He even dropped the price to 550, so at this point I almost can't afford not to buy it. Now the only problem is moving it eek.gif Does anybody know if the 75.1" width is with the speakers or not? Thanks so much.
Edited by Audiophyle - 8/17/12 at 9:50am
post #17084 of 17304
With great sadness I'm replacing my beloved (yet flawed) Q. After researching endlessly I decided to go with a 92" Mits. The deals on the 2011 model are so ridiculously low that I'll be satisfied even if it's only a transition display until either large LED panels make sense or 4K is viable. I'm sticking with our Q thread as long as anyone still posts.
post #17085 of 17304
A sad day indeed Sofer. Good luck with the Mits.
post #17086 of 17304
I should get the Mits delivered next week. After reading all the reviews and threads, for the money, it was just the right display for my situation. Vendors are clearing out the remaining 2011 models and the only differences for 2012 are features that don't affect PQ. If anyone wants pricing info, send me a PM.
post #17087 of 17304
Today was a truly sad day, despite all the best efforts, I could not get the Qualia in the MDX. Just wasn't going to happen, but it was also only off by a half inch at most width-wise. My question is, does the built-in plastic stand come off? It seemed like it should but we couldn't figure it out. if it wasn't for that I'd be watching it right now instead of writing this. mad.gif Had a quick demo before I tried to load it, and I have to say it was nothing like what I read here...it was even better. Unreal. Picture-perfect. Watched the Monaco scene in Iron Man 2, and even at 35-40% volume it was filling the room and rumbling the floor. The picture was clear and artifact-free, no motion blur. I was speechless. I need to find a way to transport this thing. If I could just remove the platform on the bottom it would have slid right in. Any thoughts? Thanks.
post #17088 of 17304
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Audiophyle View Post

Today was a truly sad day, despite all the best efforts, I could not get the Qualia in the MDX. Just wasn't going to happen, but it was also only off by a half inch at most width-wise. My question is, does the built-in plastic stand come off? It seemed like it should but we couldn't figure it out. if it wasn't for that I'd be watching it right now instead of writing this. mad.gif Had a quick demo before I tried to load it, and I have to say it was nothing like what I read here...it was even better. Unreal. Picture-perfect. Watched the Monaco scene in Iron Man 2, and even at 35-40% volume it was filling the room and rumbling the floor. The picture was clear and artifact-free, no motion blur. I was speechless. I need to find a way to transport this thing. If I could just remove the platform on the bottom it would have slid right in. Any thoughts? Thanks.

U-Haul. For the price that you're buying the Q006, plus the cost of a rental truck, you're still way ahead, by multiple thousands of dollars. Get it and enjoy biggrin.gif
post #17089 of 17304
Haha I would, although I'm moving soon short term from west of Milwaukee to Indian, looked up the cost to rent, looks to be around 150, so not too bad. I actually know someone that owns a pretty large van, I think I'll try to bribe them to borrow it and do it that way. The hard part will be getting it up stairs mad.gif Not looking forward to that. That thing is slippery as hell to hold onto, really even with 2 people the weight isn't bad but there's not a solid, grippy surface to grab rolleyes.gif One more question, I've seen the model number 70Q006U around, but never on an 006, so far at least. Was there a technical revision at some point in production that warranted the new model number?
Edited by Audiophyle - 8/19/12 at 10:56am
post #17090 of 17304
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Originally Posted by jb007 View Post

U-Haul. For the price that you're buying the Q006, plus the cost of a rental truck, you're still way ahead, by multiple thousands of dollars. Get it and enjoy biggrin.gif

Good to hear from you jb007 - I have been asking myself if I would jump on a Q now if it were right next door and not showing any blob signs yet. I would have to say yes as a longtime Q lover especially if it were that cheap smile.gif. But doing the calculations as a "person who is brand new to the Q type" it would be hard to know how the math would workout. The life expectancy until blob is quite a variable and I would have to assume that it would happen within around 2 years as whatever is failing is probably not going to be getting better with time (it could be more or less of course but some kind of baseline guess makes sense based on how often I have seen the blob appearing). The cost to operate the Q is probably higher than average as well although picking up lamps for a bit cheaper is finally possible the original 200 per year was quite a pain and I do wonder if in time they will be harder to get your hands on (perhaps you will be forced to install your own bulbs inside the housing). If I were advising someone else, it would be hard to say - but definitely saying anything in the "thousands" in terms of value wouldn't feel right. While I feel that 3d is a big failure so far and a lot of the "super refresh rates" etc are no gos, I do think that 4k will be a good trend ( new 84 inch 4k just announced from LG for 22k... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19344834). I can imagine trying to convince my wife to let another Q through the door knowing it is "doomed" and we will have to worry about disposing of it... not an easy sell - the first one cost me an amazing Greece trip I think the costs of getting another one in the door would be higher than the price of the tv smile.gif.
post #17091 of 17304
If anyone is interested in a brand new Qualia 006 remote control,manual and cleaning brush , plz pm me.
post #17092 of 17304
8k as a new standard... I have to say I like that apple could make an 8k tv right now obviously - but the ramp-up to creating content and infrastructure to deliver it seems daunting.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/22/itu-near-recommending-nhk-super-hi-vision/

This article is a nice look at the technology:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/31/super-hi-vision-eyes-on/

This quote is good:

Ultimately, there's plenty of reason to believe the BBC's project head, Tim Plyming, when he says that "8K is the maximum the human eye can understand" and that "it's the end of the resolution story." As far as he's concerned, anyone investing in 4K may as well go right to the end of the track and put their money in 8K instead, because that's the technology that "puts people at the event."
post #17093 of 17304
Hello ALL:

I just had to stop by and see if we were still posting. You know I gave my Q to a friend who still uses it for football. I did replace it with a Panny 65" plasma (3D) and did get the free Sony 60". I believe it will be a long time...like never...before I spend 10K plus for a display again.
post #17094 of 17304
Well, it seems that perhaps Q owners looking to get a replacement for their very expensive room anchor have a new target to shoot for, the HX950:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/29/sony-hx950-flagship-lcd-hdtv-japan/
post #17095 of 17304
It looks like it is 65" max.
post #17096 of 17304
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Originally Posted by mpsan View Post

It looks like it is 65" max.

nope...84inch 4K set
post #17097 of 17304
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Originally Posted by BenDover View Post

nope...84inch 4K set

OK, but I do not see that size in the link you gave.
post #17098 of 17304
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Originally Posted by mpsan View Post

OK, but I do not see that size in the link you gave.

hmm, link works for me...takes me to the engadget page which discusses sony's 84 inch 4k tv being displayed at ifa...maybe if you copy/paste the full url:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/29/sonys-84-inch-4k-bravia-kd-84x9005-hits-the-ifa-show-floor-we/
post #17099 of 17304
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Originally Posted by BenDover View Post

hmm, link works for me...takes me to the engadget page which discusses sony's 84 inch 4k tv being displayed at ifa...maybe if you copy/paste the full url:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/29/sonys-84-inch-4k-bravia-kd-84x9005-hits-the-ifa-show-floor-we/

Thanks for that taste - sigh I think it may make its way into my dreams now smile.gif. 8k glasses free 3d or bust! I shall endeavor to hold out a bit longer but finally I am seeing inklings of things good enough to move on to.
post #17100 of 17304
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BenDover View Post

nope...84inch 4K set

$25,000.00. No thanks. I'm done with spending big dollars on first time Sony experiments, even if they do look amazing,
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