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post #15181 of 15255
Is there a DMEx module that allows you to play local files on the TV? I know there were a few DME modules, but didn't know if any of them allowed local content to be played.
post #15182 of 15255
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Originally Posted by BATManPhln View Post

Hey guys.  Nooby here.

My neighbor recently gave me their old KDS-60A3000.  I'm disabled and we've needed a new TV for years but couldn't dream of affording one.  It took me a few months to save up enough to replaced the bulb but I did get a Philips bulb after reading some posts in this forum.  I was actually shocked to see that the picture seemed really dim.  My 12 year old 36" POS is MUCH brighter.  I did a reset on it but that didn't help.  Am I missing something?? 

Thanks for the help!!!
B.A.T.Man

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For me, I need all blinds closed during the day to get a good picture. That was from day one. If you are off axis it is definitely dimmer as well.
post #15183 of 15255
Probably the iris is set to "min". Check the "Picture" menu.
post #15184 of 15255
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Originally Posted by BATManPhln View Post

Hey guys.  Nooby here.

My neighbor recently gave me their old KDS-60A3000.  I'm disabled and we've needed a new TV for years but couldn't dream of affording one.  It took me a few months to save up enough to replaced the bulb but I did get a Philips bulb after reading some posts in this forum.  I was actually shocked to see that the picture seemed really dim.  My 12 year old 36" POS is MUCH brighter.  I did a reset on it but that didn't help.  Am I missing something?? 

Thanks for the help!!!
B.A.T.Man

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You might try some of the settings posted in this thread and elsewhere.
post #15185 of 15255
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Originally Posted by liquidmetal View Post

For me, I need all blinds closed during the day to get a good picture. That was from day one. If you are off axis it is definitely dimmer as well.

I guess it depends on what you mean by "a good picture." I have plenty of daylight in my room, and I think my A3000 has a good picture. Does it look better at night? Sure.

The off-axis problem is a much bigger deal for me, and that's why I've been considering a plasma. But with some of my viewing habits, I think I'm a prime candidate for image retention, or even burn-in.
post #15186 of 15255
I was going to get a panasonic st60, but it has bad game lag and bad 3d. Guess you need to get a vt60 to make up for that.
post #15187 of 15255
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Originally Posted by paligap View Post


You might try some of the settings posted in this thread and elsewhere.


I appreciate the help but since there are over 15,000 posts in this thread, could you please narrow it down a bit?  If you're referring to the iris setting, I'll check that tomorrow.  :)

post #15188 of 15255
Well, if you search for "sony kds a3000 settings" using Google or another search engine, you'll get plenty of useful results. You might want to check on more than just one setting.
post #15189 of 15255
Need some help here...

My 55A3000 hadn't been used for over a year until yesterday (was in storage). It was working perfect prior to then with the exception of the bulb replacement pop up message. Now the unit has a major blue tint to the entire screen. If I turn the blue bias/gain all the way down the picture looks almost normal, but it's not quite enough. I can add some pictures later, but I'm hoping it could be the bulb and not the optical block ? I'm ordering a new bulb right now, but I can't find anyone with a similar situation as this.

Thanks
post #15190 of 15255

I went out to check the settings on the TV and it wouldn't turn on.  If I can't get it to be bright enough there's no point moving my old TV so this one's in the garage for now.  The bulb & fans came on for a few seconds then went off the red light started flashing.  Do they have trouble starting up in cold weather??  It was only about 62° in the garage.

post #15191 of 15255
How many times does the red light flash before starting over? I had a similar problem where I hadn't secured the door to light bulb properly and it wouldn't turn on.
post #15192 of 15255
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Originally Posted by parallax1 View Post

How many times does the red light flash before starting over? I had a similar problem where I hadn't secured the door to light bulb properly and it wouldn't turn on.

9 then it shuts down. 

 

I've read it might be a fan fault.  If it is and I can't find a way to fix it, who wants to buy this thing.  It took me far too long to save $100 for the bulb.  Disability pays SQUAT!!!  I'll never be able to have it fixed.  :( 

 

I DESPERATELY want this thing to work.  The TV I have is dying and I've wanted a big TV for YEARS.  If there's anyone out there that can donate some time/repairs, maybe I can find something to barter.

 

Thanks!!!!

:D

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I have had my Sony KDS-60A3000 for years with trouble free use. Lately the TV has been turning off by itself randomly. When it does the red light flashes three times on the front of the TV. To fix the problem I have to unplug the TV, plug the TV back in, and turn it on again. It works perfectly until the next time it happens. This might be the same day or days later. I have consulted with "TV experts" on the Just Answer web site and they tell me the 3 lights indicates that the lamp is not seated properly or the lamp door is not properly closed. I have checked the lamp and even changed the lamp. It appears to be seated properly. The door appears to be tightly closed. I don't know what else to do. The TV still has a great picture. Any suggestions?

post #15194 of 15255
It is one of the fans. There are multiple. Shouldn't be too big an issue. I believe there are youtube videos about getting to them.
post #15195 of 15255
GAAAH! dammit!! i broke my !@#$%^& mirror. cleaned it many times before. most i left the mirror where it was and cleaned it there but was so hard to get solid traction to push down and really buff it, so i'd started taking it out and laying it flat. worked so much better. in the tv i'd have to buff for an hour or more. and keep changing angles to make sure it was clean. taken out, it just took few minutes.
my stupid mistake. put it back and tightened the holding strip at the top, but guess the mirror wasn't flush. snapped a corner. grr.

anyone know a way to get a replacement mirror?? also, guess it's time for new tv lol. what are the really nice TVs out now? has to be around 55", will be used for everything. lotsa gaming too but i don't care about lag, but do worry about burn in. plasma or led? open budget so recommend away!
but i would like to keep this 55A3000 in the bedroom, so anyone know of replacement mirrors? thanks
post #15196 of 15255
^ The Panasonic Viera Plasmas are now in the same boat that the Sony SXRD rear projection TVs were about 5 1/2 years ago. The TC-P65ZT60 is supposedly the closest to perfection that any TV has yet come, surpassing the Pioneer Kuro Elite (on who's technology the Panasonic Vieras are supposedly based) which previously was acclaimed to hold the highest picture quality title. The TC-P65ZT60 is not available in a 55 inch version, however the TC-P60VT55 is, and it is supposed to be as good as the ZT as long as it is used in a dark room. The ST series is supposed to be pretty good as well, but is noted for somewhat laggy performance on games. The ST supposedly has a superior anti-reflective screen coating. The even cheaper S series is supposedly super fast on games, but not so good on screen reflection.

Some of them are selling out now, and Panasonic won't be selling any plasmas at all after March 2014, so now is the time to get one if you want it. I'm very tempted, but I'm still very happy with my KDS-60A3000 and can't see replacing it anytime soon.
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^ I'm in the same boat. I've been wanting a plasma for a couple of years because of the viewing angles and picture quality. The prices on the Panasonics are extremely tempting, but I'm worried about image retention and daytime viewing. I still think my 60A300 has a great picture. Maybe I'll wait to see how 4k and/or OLED develop the next year or two.
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I am not getting another TV until I can afford something with at least triple the PQ of my 55A3000. I'd love a Panny but only if I can do an even trade. This next week coming I will be taking my A3000 apart and cleaning her for the first time. I just can not stand the diminished PQ from the dirty mirror any longer.

Anyone know if its OK to wet down a micro fiber cloth in order to clean the OB of any dust particles? After 6 years in a very dusty environment I have a feeling it will be caked with dust, as well with spider webs etc lol...
post #15199 of 15255
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Originally Posted by SkOrPn View Post

I am not getting another TV until I can afford something with at least triple the PQ of my 55A3000. I'd love a Panny but only if I can do an even trade. This next week coming I will be taking my A3000 apart and cleaning her for the first time. I just can not stand the diminished PQ from the dirty mirror any longer.

Anyone know if its OK to wet down a micro fiber cloth in order to clean the OB of any dust particles? After 6 years in a very dusty environment I have a feeling it will be caked with dust, as well with spider webs etc lol...

well, i've taken mine apart and cleaned it about 10 times, so i can offer some advice on that...even tho i broke that damn mirror last time. BasicBlak give a GREAT tutorial w/ photos here...
http://www.avsforum.com/t/889226/official-sony-kds-xxa3000-owners-thread/12270#post_16075141

once you get inside i doubt you'll even need to tough the OB. every single time i've done it, the OB was perfectly clean. even when the mirror was really dirty (my tv was inside an wall unit type entertainment center so airflow wasn't great, hence the constant cleaning). I tested the OB for cleanliness a few times with lite pressure from a dampened white paper towel. it was never dirty at all. the mirror is a PAIN in the butt! especially if you leave it where it's mounted to clean it. it's in tracks and there's nothing solid behind it so you can't push very hard to buff it. literally would take an hour plus of constant buffing and changing angles and light sources to make sure it was clean. your arm is gonna feel like it's falling off. i would have the wife help sometimes lol.you'll think it's totally clean many times...but when you put it together you'll see all kindsa streaks and fingerprints! after many redos i learned early on to make SURE it's clean.

the best (and worst) thing i did was get brave and go outside the tutorial. i started taking the mirror out to clean. used cloth museum gloves i had for handling old comics, and laid it flat on a bed w/ a few blankets spread out. also had black leaf bags so the cleaning solution wouldn't soak thru to the bed.. then just spray it and leave it to soak for a few. i used to use fancy liquids and and micro fibers for all of it, but really it seems to work best like sanding wood. use your roughest grittiest stuff 1st. so i'd use plain Windex, paper towels and even a fine scrubby thingy sometimes for tough spots. then work up to the fancy solutions and microfibers. good thing about taking the mirror out is u can get good pressure when buffing and you can move the mirror around in the light to catch any streaks. when it's in the TV u have to move the TV around, yourself and open windows/use flashlights to catch wayward streaks.

JUST BE CAREFUL putting in back in! actually i had no problems w/ that until this last time. the mirror goes into tracks, but they're not one solid unbroken set of tracks. nooo, that woulda worked too well lol. these are more like little track arms. small sets of tracks that hold it. kust make sure that the mirror is FLUSH in ALL the tracks. ALL OF THEM! i missed the top right corner track and when i put the retaining strip at the top and tightened it, i snapped the right corner off.
anyway, taking the mirror out to clean was definitely worth it for me. what would sometimes take 2 hours and a sore arm, was now more like 10 minutes. good luck!!
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Thanks man, once I get it apart I will know if that is something I will do also. However I will reserve the bed for the screen frame and use the nice wood floor in front of the TV for the mirror. It does sound like a pain so maybe I will sell it this spring for a lcd or led, or even a plasma. That is if I can find something in the $500 range and 50" minimum. Lol

Thanks for the tips and experience sharing. :thumbup:

EDIT: Ok, mine is VERY dusty inside including that large lens in the middle. At first I was thinking wow, this mirror is in perfect condition and the lens is filthy, but after remembering about using a light source to shine onto the mirror it instantly became apparent that I was in for a lot of work cleaning. Spider webs everywhere and dust so thick that I need twice as much electronics cleaner than I had purchased...

I guess I will be forced to use Windex on the plastic as well. I'm in for a long evening. lol

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Edited by SkOrPn - 12/21/13 at 4:00pm
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I'm thinking about doing some research and building myself a LED drop-in for this TV. Tired of the shell shock I keep getting every time I shop for a new bulb. lol

EDIT: Anyone know what would be more approriate as an replacement lighting engine. The original bulb is about 5100 lumen brightness, but I can't seem to find an LED with the exact same Lumen output. Maybe I can get around 4000 lumen or 6000 lumen output. Not sure if going higher would make it unbearable to view or not, or if the color and contrast settings would allow for compensation.

I guess I better jump back over to the CandlePowerForums and ask this question.
Edited by SkOrPn - 12/21/13 at 12:40pm
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Well I learned a lesson today, not all microfiber cloths are created equal, lol. I guess I was under the impression that they were naturally lint free, lol. Boy was I wrong. I guess you should wash micro fiber cloths, even when they are new and hope the dryer removes most of the lint before use.

Anyway, even with tiny lint particles left behind on the mirror it is MUCH better now (man was the film heavy, not sure how that's possible in a smoke free home). I had expected to be able to see the lint shadows onto the screen, but not at all. I used Windex wipes until no black film crap was coming off, then I transferred over to several different microfiber cloths (And the Worlds Best Glass Cleaner) buffing for what seemed like an hour or more but just could not remove the tiny lint pieces. The OB was very dusty as well, so I took a micro fiber cloth, and some shipping tape, wrapped about 12" around my hand with the sticky side out, then used that (like a roller lint remover) to remove all traces of lint from the cloth before applying a single very fine mist of ammonia free glass cleaner to the cloth. VERY small amount was applied to the cloth before I gently buffed the OB, then I flipped over the cloth to the dry side and continued with the gentle buffing. After removing the cloth and shining my flashlight I could not see a single particle of dust on the OB (I know better tho).

I put it back together and tested it and it looks great, even with 5000 hours on the bulb. Now, knowing the lint is there will nag at me forever, so I am going to look for some lint free cloth to do a final wipe down in the spring. I hate how much dust is in the air here in central New Mexico, but even with my high powered air filter at full blast it is just impossible to get a lint/dust free zone here.

I never removed the mirror as it looked easy enough as-is and my arms never once became tired. Besides, the mirror removal process looked too risky and I can not afford to damage this TV. Now to get a new Bulb or design a LED replacement for it, if its even possible.

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the cleaning procedures and tips. Especially BasicBlak for taking the leap all those years ago.
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Anyone know the full specs of the Philips bulb for this? Color temp, etc...

Philips told me its a 4200LM bulb but amazingly Philips did not know the Color Temp. strange
post #15204 of 15255
peak white output was down on my 60A3000, after 5000+ hours on the original lamp so I decided to try the miror cleaning,thanks for the tutorial BasicBlak. I found surprisingly little dust inside. The light output didn't increase so I decided to replace my bulb with my spare that I have had in the box for 5years. Turns out it was a Philips, and it is on the blue side, but I recalibrated with my Eyeone lt and the curtepalm guide. Picture looks good as new now. Saved me $2000+ as I was considering one of the 65" Panasonic plasmas.
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I have a KDS-60A3000 and in the past few weeks I have been getting bad flickering.  This is most noticeable watching sports or a movie in HD.  I am using the recommended settings from CNET and have verified those settings are still correct.  I have tried everything I can think of with no luck.

 

I have a surround sound setup and the TV is connected to the receiver, with all components connected to the receiver.  I tried a blu-ray movie in my blu-ray player and didn't really notice it flickering.  Not sure if this is processed differently or not so the flickering wouldn't be noticed.  I have tried messing with the motion settings on the TV and didn't really notice any improvement.  I also swapped out the HDMI cable for one from another TV and still saw the flickering.  I also swapped to another HDMI port on the TV and the flickering was still there.  I also pulled the bulb and re-seeded it.

 

Does anyone have any ideas on what the issue could be?  Could it be an issue with the TV itself?  Any other ideas to try to see if I can get rid of the flickering?

 

Thanks.

post #15206 of 15255
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Originally Posted by byeloe View Post

Picture looks good as new now. Saved me $2000+ as I was considering one of the 65" Panasonic plasmas.

I'd still consider one if I were you. Remember how we all thought the KDS-A3000 was the pinnacle of SXRD RPTV achievement? Yeah, same with the Panasonic plasmas. I love both my TV's now, but the Panasonic ST60 is clearly superior.
post #15207 of 15255
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Originally Posted by cmhinnen View Post

I have a KDS-60A3000 and in the past few weeks I have been getting bad flickering.  This is most noticeable watching sports or a movie in HD.  I am using the recommended settings from CNET and have verified those settings are still correct.  I have tried everything I can think of with no luck.



Does anyone have any ideas on what the issue could be?  Could it be an issue with the TV itself?  Any other ideas to try to see if I can get rid of the flickering?

Thanks.

Have you tried turning the Power Saving feature OFF? My bulbs seem to flicker as they age if I have that left on.
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Originally Posted by jefflong View Post


Have you tried turning the Power Saving feature OFF? My bulbs seem to flicker as they age if I have that left on.

 

Yes, I have that turned off currently.  I don't think it is really the bulb flickering.  It's the picture when there is a lot of fast motion on the screen.  Watching a normal program it's fine.  When watching sports it flickers as the players and action jump around.  You can also notice it in an HD movie when the cameria is panning.  It will skip.

post #15209 of 15255
After many years of ownership (3 bulbs worth), my Sony KDS-60A3000 has a green blob on the right/middle of the screen. What's the current consensus on this issue? Is it likely to be an issue with the SXRD panels themselves? Dust in the red/blue light paths causing a shift to green? What's the fix?

I've never cleaned my TV, so that's probably on the list to do, as well.

I'm not opposed at all to opening the TV to make the repair myself.
post #15210 of 15255
Mine developed a green blob as well and was the known dreaded light engine defect and Sony extended the warranties for these sets after a class action lawsuit but those days have passed. I got a new set and have loved it ever since. Good luck with yours!
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