First off, I'd like to start by saying that this forum has been an invaluable tool in at least acquainting myself with terminology and tools to use to troubleshoot many different tech related issues.
Now for the main point of my post... My 1 year old Sony KDF-46E3000 has been giving me headache after headache since about the 6-7th month(give or take a few weeks) of "light use" ownership. I do admit that I let the issue go for about 2-3 months after the initial onset of the issue due to the minimal use at the time. At the 10 month point I had had enough of the TV's apparently "spontaneous" behaviour, so I decided to get the warranty company involved as it was becoming literally unwatchable at what seemed to be random times... I had started using it slightly more at that point than previous occasions and its now at the point where I'm at a loss for words while talking to the [fluffing bunnies] at the warranty company that provide the warranties for the store I bought it from (brand new) in January of 2008.
So, with that background info, on to the actual issue.
1ST they sent a tech out who said he didn't know much about my specific model after staring at the screen for about 45 minutes and flipping back and forth through the service menu(not being an expert or anything, but he didn't seem to have any specific troubleshooting method in mind, he just watched the TV to see if he could "see something" and I have NO prejudice, but he was wearing corrective glasses...so it would hypothetically be possible that perhaps that might make it a bit more difficult to discern any issues related to my problem... :/ SO, of course on a day when the problem was less apparent, as it OFTEN is) after almost an hour at my place, he said he'd just look it up and then never got back to me and later claimed that I was supposed to get back to him...(even though the warranty company later called to let me know that my TV "is ready for pickup" after being "fixed", all the while, my TV NEVER left my living room...LOL o_O) So, their screw-ups and semantics aside, I called back several weeks after hearing nothing from the tech, and then they scheduled another tech to come out, which by chance, just happened to be the SAME guy, so I figured we could have a more productive info session over the phone and not waste either of our days by having him come out to let me know that "he can't see anything wrong".....(by simply visually looking at the TV),of course not even suggesting opening up some panels to check for dust buildup affecting the bulb or what have you in any of the internal components!?!
SO, without further ado:
#1 On primarily white screens there are VERY noticeable green and sometimes yellowish hues that appear on the corners of the screen, (at all angles)...
#2 Over scan I know is built-in to RPTVs (to an acceptable point I'm sure)... but I can't see in any terms how the over scan on mine is at all within "normal parameters" >_< It cuts a significant amount of Blu-ray/DVD and cable borders/picture off... I suppose its watchable, but not pleasant at all when even looking at some subtitles...or any sports stats,etc that go across the bottom of the screen.
#3 The ABSOLUTE WORST out of the 3 "symptoms" I'll call them, is what I would most accurately describe as a "high-speed flicker" that is VERY noticeable on backgrounds or pictures with brighter colors, but it still doesn't stop even in darker situations, its just less noticeable, (which has also been noted by other users previously in this thread with no apparent responses or solutions noted...).
So in the phone conversation I had with the tech about a month ago, he said he would email Sony about it and supposedly he did... He then got back to me within a week when he got an email back from Sony and said that the "most senior tech from Sony for the whole region" stated that there were no known issues for the TV that resembled the symptoms the tech advised him of. At first the tech thought that the TV being on SD cable(at the time) might be the culprit, but I ruled that out as I have had the TV have 3/3 issues while on HD Satellite, Xbox 360, a SONY Blu-Ray player and a PS3, plus my SONY upconverting 1080P DVD player(yes I know its not true 1080P HD per say, but neither is the HD satellite that it was on)... point being Blu-Ray, 360 and PS3 all are true 1080P,for kicks I even hooked up my computer with 1080P and the same thing, all at some point or another had the VERY noticeable "high-speed flicker" no matter the settings... and I've had a lot of time to try EVERYTHING... but when it occurs, (which varies from 4-12+ times a week, it makes the TV basically unwatchable without being preoccupied by the consistent flicker...it does, however, disappear for anywhere from 2-3+ days at a time, and then come back with no changes to settings,etc. -_- :/ It should be noted that the tech and I agreed to have me try HD programming for a while to rule out "prolonged" exposure to "noise" from a low quality SD signal, (which hasn't seen any improvement besides the obvious picture quality difference, but the same 3 issues still occur)... SO, now I'm desperate... I'm almost considering selling the TV at a loss and transferring it with the remaining 4 year on the warranty because its been one thing after another and I simply don't have the time to deal with the hassle.
If ANYONE has any idea what I could say to the warranty company now,etc, or if you have any ideas what the issue could be PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post anything and I'll be checking this board 10+ times daily, so if you have any questions as well, please ask them and I'll respond within 8-12 hours or much less hopefully! Thanks in advance for any help and also for enduring my mini-essay...(apologies for the length)... :/