Originally Posted by ChuckF.
I'm sure they could have worked out a solution, but when LCD-RPs were released the clock was ticking on direct-view LCD and Plasma panels in sizes that could match LCD-RP. That development was a certainty. Once they were available it made no sense to stick with LCD-RP.
If you meant 'correct the optical block problem' for repair purposes only, that's a loser. A company is not going to spend R&D in order to allow better repairs of existing product. It would make more sense to allow customers a discount on a newer set.
Had the gap been a few years wider, I believe manufacturers would have simply adopted LED lamps, as Samsung has done on some DLPs. LEDs would have run the set cooler, no harmful UV, and allowed purer lower-energy blues.
Yesterday I got into a conversation with a friend I used to work with and he told me something that totally blew my mind. Here in New York AMC has a 25 Plex on 42nd Street in Manhattan. In order to throw the union out they went completely digital not to long ago. It also required them to remove all the 35mm projection equipment.
Most of the theatres here in NY that have gone digital have installed mostly Barco and NEC projectors. However, none of those are LCoS (SXRD=Sony or D'ILA=JVC),
which I've been a big fan of since their inception. I STILL believe that LCoS produces the best all around picture.
Unbeknownst to me, the AMC 25 Plex I referred to above had installed all Sony DCI SXRD projectors
. Apparently Sony's DCI theatre projectors suffer from the same optical block problem as their consumer SXRD projectors and rear screen TV's. Because of that problem AMC has just pulled out all their Sony projectors and have replaced them with Christie digital projectors.
That's a BIG and expensive move and wouldn't have been done if Sony could have corrected the problem.
It's STILL a mystery to me since if Sony couldn't find a fix, how come JVC didn't (or doesn't that I am aware of)
have this problem on their projectors or TV's? When I originally raised the question whether Sony's consumer projectors showed any optical block problems, one of the calibrators here on the forum said that he was beginning to see problems with the blacks on some Sony projectors. I then wondered about the JVC projectors, of which I own 3 (a G15, an HX2 and an RS35)
from different generations. I haven't seen any signs of the Sony problem on any of them....yet. However, in all fairness, none of my projectors have anywhere near the hours that I had on my 60A2020 TV.
The bottom line is that I believe there must be a solution and with the losses Sony will have just from their commercial theatre projectors, I can't understand why they haven't been more aggressive finding and correcting the problem. They chose to just stop making SXRD TV's altogether.