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post #11941 of 15255
Thanks for the info. Peace
post #11942 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Jim Clark View Post

That was for the bulb only and did not include the housing, correct? Was it as easy to change out as my seller told me?

Oh yeah, they provide a video showing how to do it and everything. It's as easy as removing a few screws, replacing the bulb and screwing everything back together. I don't really see a point in paying $25 extra for the plastic housing really.
post #11943 of 15255
I just checked mine and it is a 6,787. I would think this is a lot of hours for just over a 15 months of watching.

The reason I asked about it was it seems to take a bit longer for it to warm up, and see a pic on the screen, and it seems a bit darker to the point where I need to run the calibration disc again.

Any thoughts or insights?
post #11944 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Zildjian View Post

I just checked mine and it is a 6,787. I would think this is a lot of hours for just over a 15 months of watching.

The reason I asked about it was it seems to take a bit longer for it to warm up, and see a pic on the screen, and it seems a bit darker to the point where I need to run the calibration disc again.

Any thoughts or insights?

Watch less TV. Sorry, couldn't help it. But that is a lot of hours and I would not be surprised if the light output has changed significantly from new. If you have a light meter and ran grayscale and color readings when the set was new, any changes to light output and color should be obvious. Not sure that you will be able to tell just by checking visual patterns, though black level (brightness) may be your best bet.
post #11945 of 15255
I've been experiencing weird issues with my 55KDSA3000. A few weeks ago I noticed that the TV was taking unusually long to start. The power light would flash 12-36 times before starting, when it usually took no more than 3 blinks. Now it consistently takes 12 times before powering on. There is no noticeable loss in picture quality or brightness. However, there is TERRIBLE motion blur. I've verified that it's across all input sources on the TV. Which component would be responsible for processing this?
post #11946 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Zildjian View Post

I just checked mine and it is a 6,787. I would think this is a lot of hours for just over a 15 months of watching.

The reason I asked about it was it seems to take a bit longer for it to warm up, and see a pic on the screen, and it seems a bit darker to the point where I need to run the calibration disc again.

Any thoughts or insights?

At about 16 months I had about 6000 hours and I changed my bulb. The difference in brightness was significantly noticeable.
post #11947 of 15255
just got this comp.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218046802234

and i'd like to hook it up to my KDS-55A3000. what stuff do i need to play PC games on this TV? i'm a total tech n00b. i've heard VGA, DVI, and svideo. also i guess i'll need to get a wired or wireless keyboard/mouse. the TV is about 25 feet from the comp. any help or links to stuff would be greatly appreciated!
post #11948 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Zildjian View Post

I just checked mine and it is a 6,787. I would think this is a lot of hours for just over a 15 months of watching.

The reason I asked about it was it seems to take a bit longer for it to warm up, and see a pic on the screen, and it seems a bit darker to the point where I need to run the calibration disc again.

Any thoughts or insights?

6,787 hours over 15 months by my math is 452 hours a month.....or roughly 24/7 for 3 weeks each month.

You sure about that number?

The reason I ask is that I replaced my bulb around 10/1 of last year and the lamp timer shows over 4,000 hours - and considering that there have not even been that many hours on the calendar since I replace the lamp.........I am wondering about the lamp timer in Sony sets.
post #11949 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Mookeylama View Post

just got this comp.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218046802234

and i'd like to hook it up to my KDS-55A3000. what stuff do i need to play PC games on this TV? i'm a total tech n00b. i've heard VGA, DVI, and svideo. also i guess i'll need to get a wired or wireless keyboard/mouse. the TV is about 25 feet from the comp. any help or links to stuff would be greatly appreciated

In fact, I also just bought that computer (albeit from Microcenter). I don't have it hooked up to the TV, but it does come with a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, and I _believe_ the 4850 allows you to push out sound in such a setup. So, it should be fairly straightforward to just use HDMI.
post #11950 of 15255
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Originally Posted by erwos View Post

In fact, I also just bought that computer (albeit from Microcenter). I don't have it hooked up to the TV, but it does come with a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, and I _believe_ the 4850 allows you to push out sound in such a setup. So, it should be fairly straightforward to just use HDMI.

thanks! thought that might be what that HDMI adapter was for. so i guess i just get a really long DVI cord and run it to the TV (probably thru the basement)??

and would i need a wireless keyboard/mouse or do most PC games nowadays use controllers?
post #11951 of 15255
thanks for the info mrmaico.
to bad there isn't an easier way.
post #11952 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Mookeylama View Post

thanks! thought that might be what that HDMI adapter was for. so i guess i just get a really long DVI cord and run it to the TV (probably thru the basement)??

Or a really long HDMI cable. I'd probably go with that - more uses for it in the long-run.

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and would i need a wireless keyboard/mouse or do most PC games nowadays use controllers?

Microsoft makes an adapter for the PC that allows you to use wireless Xbox 360 controllers with your PC, so that might be a solution worth pursuing. Otherwise, yes, you probably will want a wireless keyboard and mouse.
post #11953 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Mookeylama View Post

thanks! thought that might be what that HDMI adapter was for. so i guess i just get a really long DVI cord and run it to the TV (probably thru the basement)??

and would i need a wireless keyboard/mouse or do most PC games nowadays use controllers?

You can get a cheap, really long hdmi cable that's DVI on one end from monoprice.com. I'd get a wireless keyboard/mouse for sure. I use bluetooth from about 15 ft with no problems. I'm not sure what kind of range others have, but that could be an issue in your case. You'll have to decide whether you need controllers or not. I've got a dedicated PC connected to my tv via dvi/hdmi which sits right behind it. I don't use it much for gaming, but the few I've tried look great, as do hulu, youtube and netflix.
post #11954 of 15255
If I remember correctly you need to turn on RGB full output when using a PC on the hdmi inputs.
post #11955 of 15255
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Originally Posted by unclepauly View Post

If I remember correctly you need to turn on RGB full output when using a PC on the hdmi inputs.

I have mine set to Auto and it works fine.

I am connected DVI-HDMI, but that is only because of the graphics card I am using is DVI out only.

You also most likely will not get to choose or use 1920x1080 as a resolution due to overscan.
post #11956 of 15255
I've had my 55A3000 just over a year and recently have begun hearing a "whining" sound. Not my wife! This isn't fan noise, it sounds like an ocillator and seems to start when there's been a bright image. I can get the sound to stop when I change the input from HDMI to Composite and then back to the HDMI input. After a few minutes the noise will come back.

I'm not having any other problems and the picture has been great! It's got about 1900 hours on the lamp.

Thanks!
Mark
post #11957 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Zildjian View Post

I just checked mine and it is a 6,787. I would think this is a lot of hours for just over a 15 months of watching.

Any thoughts or insights?


That's averaging about 15 hours per day? Did you really have it on for 15 hours per day? (maybe not watching, but just on...)


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Originally Posted by BeachComber View Post


You sure about that number?

The reason I ask is that I replaced my bulb around 10/1 of last year and the lamp timer shows over 4,000 hours - and considering that there have not even been that many hours on the calendar since I replace the lamp.........I am wondering about the lamp timer in Sony sets.

I'm sure you did, but just asking -- When you replaced the bulb you re-set the counter back to zero? (Or does it re-set itself?) What were the hours before you replaced it?
post #11958 of 15255
I have mine on for about 10 hours a day, but that is more so in the winter when my business is slow. I also use mine for HTPC, so virtually all my internet surfing and posting on AVS is done on it as well as watching BD's, gaming with HTPC and PS3 and watching cable. 3-5 hours of the net, 3 hours of cable and a BD a nite and there is 10 hours. Single and self employed affords that time.
post #11959 of 15255
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Originally Posted by ChazzMatt View Post

That's averaging about 15 hours per day? Did you really have it on for 15 hours per day? (maybe not watching, but just on...)




I'm sure you did, but just asking -- When you replaced the bulb you re-set the counter back to zero? (Or does it re-set itself?) What were the hours before you replaced it?

Hours were closing in on 6,000 when I replaced it last October, so yes, I clearly reset it if I am now showing 4,000 hours.
post #11960 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Hughmc View Post

I have mine on for about 10 hours a day, but that is more so in the winter when my business is slow. I also use mine for HTPC, so virtually all my internet surfing and posting on AVS is done on it as well as watching BD's, gaming with HTPC and PS3 and watching cable. 3-5 hours of the net, 3 hours of cable and a BD a nite and there is 10 hours. Single and self employed affords that time.

I'm not single but I am self employed, so my hours are about the same as yours maybe a little more. Definitely enjoying it.
post #11961 of 15255
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Originally Posted by FWBoy View Post

I've had my 55A3000 just over a year and recently have begun hearing a "whining" sound. Not my wife! This isn't fan noise, it sounds like an ocillator and seems to start when there's been a bright image. I can get the sound to stop when I change the input from HDMI to Composite and then back to the HDMI input. After a few minutes the noise will come back.

I'm not having any other problems and the picture has been great! It's got about 1900 hours on the lamp.

Thanks!
Mark

Maybe it is the Auto Iris?

Sounds like you need a service call.
post #11962 of 15255
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Originally Posted by snash22 View Post

Maybe it is the Auto Iris?

Sounds like you need a service call.

Was it auto iris or manual iris? I thought I remember reading a LONG time ago, that some people were having trouble when they set a fixed iris that it would make that sound. Either way, I agree that the iris in general was known to have that happen.
post #11963 of 15255
When I had mine set to a fixed iris I would occasionally get a whine from the TV. I switched it to Auto2 and the whine went away. I am assuming the noise was from the iris.
post #11964 of 15255
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Originally Posted by mikeynavy1 View Post

Was it auto iris or manual iris? I thought I remember reading a LONG time ago, that some people were having trouble when they set a fixed iris that it would make that sound. Either way, I agree that the iris in general was known to have that happen.

Thanks for the feedback! I've got it set to Auto2. I've been using an HDMI cable (thought it was supposed to be the best) but have some nice composite video cables that I've started using. Never went thru pix setup & it was awful when I cabled up. To save time, I just matched the settings on the HDMI input to the composite input. Not perfect but I'll use a THX DVD to set it right Saturday.

Since I've got a 5-year warranty on it, I went ahead and had a tech come out. Of course, no noise but he suspects it's a power supply board and will replace it next week. I didn't want him to replace the OB board because of all I've read here. He confirmed I should be using the composite cables instead of HDMI. I'll post again after he's left.

FYI, 1970 hours on the lamp & I have a power conditioner/UPS supply hooked up to everything. Worked great when we had a power outage during an ice storm in Dec. UPS kicked in and I had a chance to power down properly.
post #11965 of 15255
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Originally Posted by FWBoy View Post

Thanks for the feedback! I've got it set to Auto2. I've been using an HDMI cable (thought it was supposed to be the best) but have some nice composite video cables that I've started using. Never went thru pix setup & it was awful when I cabled up. To save time, I just matched the settings on the HDMI input to the composite input. Not perfect but I'll use a THX DVD to set it right Saturday.

Since I've got a 5-year warranty on it, I went ahead and had a tech come out. Of course, no noise but he suspects it's a power supply board and will replace it next week. I didn't want him to replace the OB board because of all I've read here. He confirmed I should be using the composite cables instead of HDMI. I'll post again after he's left.

FYI, 1970 hours on the lamp & I have a power conditioner/UPS supply hooked up to everything. Worked great when we had a power outage during an ice storm in Dec. UPS kicked in and I had a chance to power down properly.


1. I'd be a little wary of someone who is going to try swapping things out without a proper diagnosis, but perhaps he has heard of power supplies making that noise.

2. You mean component cables, not composite. Composite is a single cable, usually yellow.

3. I'm not not sure why he would say to use the component cables. HDMI is supposed to be better than component.

4. I have my UPS ready and waiting. Hasn't been used in the year since I got it.
post #11966 of 15255
I'm not even 50% sure of what this means, but I heard that component gives off a better color burst than hdmi on certain resolutions(on this particular set). If this is real world difference again I have no clue.
post #11967 of 15255
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Originally Posted by unclepauly View Post

I'm not even 50% sure of what this means, but I heard that component gives off a better color burst than hdmi on certain resolutions(on this particular set). If this is real world difference again I have no clue.

Your right, I meant Component cable. When we talked about the problem & how I could get it to go away, he said he suspected a coil(s) in the power supply. A power supply board should be about the least intrusive part to replace so I told him to go ahead and order 1.

Regarding the HDMI vs. component cable, he said he's seen a lot of problems related to HDMI cables. There's a fair amount of stress put on the socket & he's seen a lot of socket failures + cable problems. The component cables have a lot more surface contact than the little HDMI. Makes sense to me.
post #11968 of 15255
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Originally Posted by FWBoy View Post

Regarding the HDMI vs. component cable, he said he's seen a lot of problems related to HDMI cables. There's a fair amount of stress put on the socket & he's seen a lot of socket failures + cable problems. The component cables have a lot more surface contact than the little HDMI. Makes sense to me.

From that aspect of socket failure yes, RCA style cables are better designed than HDMI.
post #11969 of 15255
well just as lcds killed over rp sets last year, maybe plasmas are next to go

huge news at the plasma forum, pioneer is pulling out of the televison market completely. the elites are the only sets better than ours (if your ob is working properly)

sad/bad news
post #11970 of 15255
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Originally Posted by snash22 View Post

3. I'm not not sure why he would say to use the component cables. HDMI is supposed to be better than component.

HDMI is not better than component -- they are about equal. But HDMI is more convenient because it's one cable instead of five.

Having said that, I went with component from DVD player to TV for this reason:

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Originally Posted by FWBoy View Post

Regarding the HDMI vs. component cable, he said he's seen a lot of problems related to HDMI cables. There's a fair amount of stress put on the socket & he's seen a lot of socket failures + cable problems.

I was stupid enough to believe "thicker is better" and got a very thick HDMI cable for my 3 foot run from DVD player to TV and promptly snapped off the DVD player connector pins because the thick HDMI cable wouldn't make the bend to go up to the TV. You only need thick if you are making a long run -- like 30 feet. 3 feet, no. So, I had to use component cables since my HDMI connection is broken. For the HDMI cable to my Comcast cable box, I learned my lession and went wtih thinner Monoprice HDMI cable.
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