Originally Posted by wensink18
Hello, I own a KDSR70XBR2 that has finally turned green. I received a quote from a local repair guy of $1800. When I told him I could get the optical block from Tristate for $341, he told be to stay away from Tristate as he has had problems with their quality in the past. My local A/V store referred me to this guy and told me he is the one to go to regarding these TV's. He is getting the optical block from Sony, and he told me that he thinks Sony has fixed the previous problem with these parts. Does this mean that an optical block purchased from Sony has glass filters? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Sony has never fixed the OB problem. For years, repair experts have told customers Sony fixed it. It's not that most are trying to mislead you, it's just they don't see enough of the exact same set or they just don't know like we do from seeing customer experiences on AVS Forum. Heck, I had 2 back-to-back replacement OB's from Sony on my 70XBR2 in January 2012 that were defective out of the box. You might get better luck on a remanufactured OB from other sources (e.g., Tristate - except I think this is what Sony uses ... or John Breton in CT), but it's still a roulette bet.
On a related note, see if you can find a better repair cost than $1,800. You now know the parts cost. The labor only takes 1-1.5 hours, but should be 30 minutes if the tech has done a few.
Let me know if you still have questions. When the XBR2 is working, it is still one of the best HD sets out there.