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post #15031 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Tom Sharpe View Post

I just replaced the bulb in my 55A3000 with a genuine Philips unit & cage and after about 150 hours of usage am still noticing a mild bluish cast to everything although picture quality, brightness, sharpness, etc. are really nice. Can someone point me to where I can learn how to adjust the picture to get better black and to eliminate the mild bluish cast? Thanks.

Adjusting the picture to one of the "warm" settings should help or you can adjust the blue hue.
post #15032 of 15255
I have a Sony KDS-60A300 that has a the screen broken. The tv itself still works perfectly fine besides the big hole in the screen and of course since it was physical damage my warranty doesn't cover that. My question is does anybody know where I can get the "Dufusion Lent Plate & Plate" from the part numbers are 321420401 & 321420501. I found the parts on Searspartsdirect.com and sony.com just trying to see if I can get some lower prices besides 177.63 & 153.80 otherwise I'm just thinking i need to just get a new tv. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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post #15034 of 15255
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Originally Posted by ngwest36 View Post


Don't know what you are disagreeing with. I never said the rivervalleyelectronics lamp was Osram. It appears that is all they sell now is Osram but since the original link I used to purchase the lamp last summer is 404 I don't know what they were selling then. All I know is that it had no markings of any kind and that it clouded up and started charing the reflector after 6 months and had to be replaced.


I also never claimed phillips were made in the USA. All I really claimed was that a lamp that was not a phillips failed after 6 months and to look at the picture to see the proof.


If you're happy with Osram, and many others are as well, then cool. All I wanted to do was warn folks to be careful and research what they're buying.


I know YOU didn't say Philps was made in the USA. Anyone who read my post would not think you said that. I was just reiterating what other misguided folk were saying, who also were saying buy only Philips.

What I am disagreeing with is paying more money for a crappy Philips bulb. I think mine is probably made by Osram/Sylvania, but I don't know for sure. It actually has the company name "Advamced Lamps" where I bought it from. It's an OEM-equivalent and is higher quality (has lasted longer) and looks better than my Philips. Philips isn't superior in any way, Sony just used them because they gave Sony a better price. There's other Sony RPs with Osram/Sylvania. I'm glad I didn't overpay for a Philips replacement since my original bulb was crap.

I'm just going to state that valid opinion -- backed by proof -- every time someone mistakenly comes in and say buy only Philips.

___________

On a different subject, my sister recently bought a NEW 60" Samsung plasma during a Memorial Day sale for $899.

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$899 - Samsung PN60E530 60-Inch 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HDTV (Black)

It looks FANTASTIC.

Edited by ChazzMatt - 7/5/12 at 4:01pm
post #15035 of 15255
My A3000 has been very good to me. No issues other than bulbs. (Bought it in 2007). But I have to admit that after seeing my brother's Samsung 59" 7000 series plasma this weekend; I am plasma bound for my next TV. Incredible picture!
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See the line going up the left side? Any ideas? I called Sony to ask them what it might be, and they immediately jumped to optical block, they then offered a replacement hx750, and I'm going to take them up on it. I was just curious if that was optical block issue or other.

Thanks!
-Erik
post #15037 of 15255
Has anybody tried the Darbee Darblet with their A3000 yet? I should be getting mine this week and can't wait to see if it meets all the high praise heaped upon it by many many long time reviewers and AVS Forum members.
post #15038 of 15255
I'm using with my 60A3000 and it works like a champ.

Ben Music
post #15039 of 15255
uh oh. I think I'm seeing the dreaded green defective-optical-block issue. Very slight greenish tint covering the bottom 25% of the screen. Only notice it on white/gray scenes. Can't tell when actually watching a movie; not sure it's not my imagination since I'm pretty much expecting to see it after 5 years.
post #15040 of 15255
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Originally Posted by ngwest36 View Post

uh oh. I think I'm seeing the dreaded green defective-optical-block issue. Very slight greenish tint covering the bottom 25% of the screen. Only notice it on white/gray scenes. Can't tell when actually watching a movie; not sure it's not my imagination since I'm pretty much expecting to see it after 5 years.

Yep
post #15041 of 15255
Mine turned green on white backgrounds very quickly (seemed like just days) and kept getting worse quickly and became unwatchable. Good luck with a replacement!
post #15042 of 15255
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Originally Posted by fireman1000 View Post

Mine turned green on white backgrounds very quickly (seemed like just days) and kept getting worse quickly and became unwatchable. Good luck with a replacement!

I'll post up what happens.
post #15043 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Ben Music View Post

I'm using with my 60A3000 and it works like a champ.
Ben Music

Good to hear. I should get mine tomorrow or Friday. I can't wait. What settings did you end up liking the best.
post #15044 of 15255
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Originally Posted by andy sullivan View Post

Good to hear. I should get mine tomorrow or Friday. I can't wait. What settings did you end up liking the best.
Actually, I'm still playing around with all the settings. If I had to pick one setting, it probably would be Hi Def around 50%

Ben Music
post #15045 of 15255
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Originally Posted by Ben Music View Post

Actually, I'm still playing around with all the settings. If I had to pick one setting, it probably would be Hi Def around 50%
Ben Music
I haven't tried watching a blu-ray yet but between my wife and I we both like Full Pop at 80%. This is based on several snow scenes from "Frozen Planet, Golf, Baseball, college football, several paused close ups from two news channels. I tried Hi Def as well as Game but was not impressed with the PQ enhancement. The picture was too blurry. The best test comes when you can pause a close up of a guy with a beard. Whisker definition is my test.
post #15046 of 15255
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Originally Posted by ngwest36 View Post

uh oh. I think I'm seeing the dreaded green defective-optical-block issue. Very slight greenish tint covering the bottom 25% of the screen. Only notice it on white/gray scenes. Can't tell when actually watching a movie; not sure it's not my imagination since I'm pretty much expecting to see it after 5 years.

I played some DE test screens to see if I'm imagining the green tint. I still don't know for sure; do y'all see anything? See how it dims toward the bottom? I could swear most times (watching MI3:GP) that it's green down there. But on these test screens it's a lot less greenish.



post #15047 of 15255
how can this set be 1080p??? it does 1:1 pixel mapping, but the edge of the screen is cut off, meaning part of the 1080 lines are cut off, so if the set was 1080p, then it wouldnt be 1:1 pixel mapping
post #15048 of 15255
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Originally Posted by borat!!! View Post

how can this set be 1080p??? it does 1:1 pixel mapping, but the edge of the screen is cut off, meaning part of the 1080 lines are cut off, so if the set was 1080p, then it wouldnt be 1:1 pixel mapping
Overscan! The lines/columns of pixels aren't cut off they just aren't visible.
post #15049 of 15255
Iif that's the case that would mean the screen has 1920x1080 pixels and the tv is projecting a higher resolution. What I'm saying it that for a 1:1 pixel map, the screen would have to be 1920x1080 and the material 1920x1080 which they both are, that means every pixel from the Blu ray would clearly be visible on screen. But since some of the material on the top n bottom n sides is cut off, that means not all of the 1920x1080 pixels are visible, which means the material is stretched wider then the limits of the 1920x1080 and thus shouldn't be 1:1. I've used DVE HD 1:1 test pattern and can assume that the pattern is 1080p since it says it is. And I clearly see that the edges are extending beyond the screen. So instead of the pixels lining up correctly they are stretched and yet the 1;1 is still correct. Which is puzzling?
post #15050 of 15255
I have had my KDS-60A3000 since December 2008. It sits in my basement which is dark and cool (but fInished). I Calibrated to the best of my ability using the spears calibration disc. I havent had any issues what so ever. When purchased from Best Buy I popped for the 4 year extended warranty. I have replaced the bulb once.

Now would I love a a 92 inch Mitsubishi or even the 84 inch model? Hell yes......But truth be told IMHO the picture on my TV is to this day.... flawless. The colors still pop. Even buddies of mine who all have decent to very good "flat screens..ie plasma LCD" all comment on how good this TV looks.

Perhaps I am one of the lucky ones based on some of the issues reported by other users but I am pretty happy at this point with this work horse.

I will wait 2 maybe 3 more years and upgrade to a far larger model (my only complant is its ONLY 60 inchs). The TV was the first thing purchased for ym theater room and over the last 4 years all my other cash has gone into my "surround audio" which I might add is pretty bad ass.

But thats my 2 cents on this TV.
post #15051 of 15255
I too have the 60A3000 and other than replacing the bulb it has been trouble free. I did have a scare once but the problem went away. Self repairing TV's, great idea. I also would like something bigger and am Leaning towards the Sharp 80LE632. I like the Mits but they are too fat, too heavy, and too DLP. They are priced right though. I don't think I can wait 2 or 3 years. I have 2 people wanting to buy my Sony so I'll probably sell it.
post #15052 of 15255
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Originally Posted by andy sullivan View Post

I too have the 60A3000 and other than replacing the bulb it has been trouble free. I did have a scare once but the problem went away. Self repairing TV's, great idea. I also would like something bigger and am Leaning towards the Sharp 80LE632. I like the Mits but they are too fat, too heavy, and too DLP. They are priced right though. I don't think I can wait 2 or 3 years. I have 2 people wanting to buy my Sony so I'll probably sell it.

Hey Andy, any feedback on the darbee with this set?
post #15053 of 15255
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

Hey Andy, any feedback on the darbee with this set?
Yep. I posted 3 weeks ago as to my favorite settings. So far I still like those settings and continue to be impressed with the Darbee. A worthwhile purchase and I took it over to a friends and hooked it up to his 52" Sony LCD. We were all impressed. Another friend has a 73" Mits that I will play with when they get back to AZ in October.
post #15054 of 15255
Hey guys. whats the darbee? Does it work? How much is it?
post #15055 of 15255
You can adjust this in the service menu to see the full 1080. I did that when I hooked up a HTPC and noticed the overscan.
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Originally Posted by borat!!! View Post

Iif that's the case that would mean the screen has 1920x1080 pixels and the tv is projecting a higher resolution. What I'm saying it that for a 1:1 pixel map, the screen would have to be 1920x1080 and the material 1920x1080 which they both are, that means every pixel from the Blu ray would clearly be visible on screen. But since some of the material on the top n bottom n sides is cut off, that means not all of the 1920x1080 pixels are visible, which means the material is stretched wider then the limits of the 1920x1080 and thus shouldn't be 1:1. I've used DVE HD 1:1 test pattern and can assume that the pattern is 1080p since it says it is. And I clearly see that the edges are extending beyond the screen. So instead of the pixels lining up correctly they are stretched and yet the 1;1 is still correct. Which is puzzling?
post #15056 of 15255
wish sony didnt make these tv's suck over time, because A3000 still has the best picture out there IMO.....I miss mine!
post #15057 of 15255
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Originally Posted by sbr100 View Post

Hey guys. whats the darbee? Does it work? How much is it?

There's a whole thread on the Darbee. Easiest way is to type it in google.
post #15058 of 15255
What is a good price to sell my 60a3000?It's been problem free and recently replaced bulb.It has also been ISF calibrated.Reason for sale is upgrade to a larger tv.
post #15059 of 15255
What did you get, Eddie?
I've been thinking about giving the 60a3000 to the wife and place in our bedroom.
post #15060 of 15255
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Originally Posted by EddieDigital View Post

What is a good price to sell my 60a3000?It's been problem free and recently replaced bulb.It has also been ISF calibrated.Reason for sale is upgrade to a larger tv.

Every one I've seen is going for $250-$800 depending on personal preference. I love my 60A2000 and I am holding on to it though I need a replacement bulb and can't seem to find a good source for buying one as Sony is not stocking the bulbs at the moment and the third-party sources I have found have a lot of horror stories about 2-3 month bulb life at $100 bucks a pop.
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