Originally Posted by ccrider2
Congrats on your purchase!
Thanks, it would be that much sweeter if I didn't see the RBE at all. Two members of my family can see it also. I guess we're in that 2% odd-ball minority then, oh well.
Was watching America's Most Wanted tonight and had to keep my eyes real still during the night time narration scenes..or John Walsh's leather jacket would occasionally turn R/G/B.
Still, it's very fleeting and not as big a deal as it would seem. Most programming is unaffected.
I hear that the more the TV is viewed, that my eyes+brain will eventually be trained to no longer notice RBE. I'm skeptical, but really hope this is true.
My yellow tint is getting a little more noticeable along the bottom edge. As I recall, this kind of creeps up on ya over time. I hope to find something in the future with good audio as I don't have a decent stereo to hook-up to...... Really appreciate the Sony for that.
Still keeping a replacement OB from Tri-State in mind. I'm handy with a screwdriver and for $300, another 4 yrs might be an option for me.
Yes, the yellow will usually begin to darken along an edge or corner, gradually encroaching further into the screen. Just one of the many things that commonly go wrong with these TVs. I like the guys over at Tri-State, but highly recommend John Breton's service instead.
He installs a brand new panel in the blue light path vs harvested parts from pulled OBs. He has a special jig to ensure proper optical alignment and claims to rebuild the entire light tunnel. I once asked him to specify exactly what parts were replaced, but he declined further comment. i suspect that he at least replaces the blue polarizing filter as well, since they can get severely worn. His service is $250.
I suppose you have given up on your 'LED replacement bulb' project?
Sounded like a good idea for someone about to replace their OB.
Thanks and Good Viewing,
No, the LED project is actually still a go. Despite its flaws, I actually still really like my XBR1 and want to use it as the basement TV. It's just that I have been pressed for time and preoccupied lately.
I have three XL-5100 lamp cases, one of which had a blown Osram (that POS bulb only lasted ~2000hrs). Last week I removed the bulb from the casing and began test fitting the LED components. The case will need to be Dremeled in order to fit a sufficiently sized heat sink, otherwise it's all pretty straight forward.
Sony reveals within the service manual exactly how the TV interfaces with the ballast board (they call it the power supply block). The schematics are very clear about just how the TV goes about sensing the presence of a properly installed and functioning lamp.
The most difficult part of the whole thing is deciding where to source the AC current for the DC converter. There is a potential source internally within the TV, but I'm not OK with it at this time. The safest way to do it would probably be to have the LED assembly entirely electrically isolated from the TV, with its own 115V power cord. Don't know exactly when I'd get around to completing the project, but hopefully sooner than later.