Originally Posted by Ngerstman
Hi brenthenry. I have a 50xbr1 as well. Bought mine Nov. 2005. How old was yours.? And how much time per week did you use your set. Mine is in the basement by the treadmill so only gets about 15 hours per week(between me, my wife and son). It is interesting that your picture improved upon repair. Many on this site have complained that their picture quality diminished after same repair! I have never had any problems so far and think the picture quality is great, even sd signal. Thanks. Ned.
Hi Ned, I bought my 50XBR1 just last November (2006), but it was a 2005 demonstration model, with about 100 hours on it (less then I had thought). In the first couple of months... it was getting used quite a bit, 5-7 hours per day with kids, myself and my wife all watching at different times of the day (it has curtailed off a bit now, that the novelity has worn off)... probably 2-4 hours per day total between all the family members.
Regarding the "Optical Block" repair... yes, I have read on these pages, just exactly what you said, that directly after the repair, the problem either still exists or it returns in fairly short-term. However, it was absolutley clear that the part that they installed was an upgraded part, as I mentioned in my previous post... the lens itself was considerably larger. It made a huge difference in the settings that I needed to use to illiminate pixelation and I can honestly say that the colours and brightness is far superior then before!
Once I ran through all of the AVIA settings, and tweaked them with the Get-Gray DVD... I am astounded at how much better the picture quality is... it is almost like I got a brand new TV, with better technology!!! I started with the VanRobson's ISF suggested setting... and this is where I ended up:
Picture Mode: Pro
Color Temp: Neutral
Noise Reduction: Off
Direct Mode: Off
DRC Mode: Cinemotion
DRC Palette: Custom 3 (default settings)
Advanced Iris: Low
Color Corrector: High
Clear White: Off
Detail Enhancer: Low
Black Corrector: Low
Gamma Corrector: High
I hope this helps, if anyone is experiencing the Green Blob issue... please call Sony and get the upgraded Optical Block... it is awesome!