Sorry for asking this -- I have a feeling this must have been mentioned already in this thread, but I'll be damned if I can figure out how to search just this thread for answers.
I've got a VPL-HW50ES -- It has 18156 operational hours on it.
Recently, I've been having a terrible time getting the entire screen to focus uniformly. If I get the center of the screen to focus, the corners go out of focus, etc -- I can move the focus point around, but it's like I've got a too-shallow depth of field problem even though the projector is dead center to a flat screen.
Has anyone paid to have this type of problem repaired? I called United Radio (Sony's recommended repair place) and was quoted $320 to see it and ship it back, but they weren't able to give me a price on the part that might need to be replaced. I've see people post here that there are parts that exceed the original MSRP, so I'd rather not ship it to them just to have them ship it back.
Also, are there any well regarded repair shops near San Francisco instead? Since the projector is out of warranty, I supposed there's little point in using United Radio? Sony mentioned that United Radio had a "white room" and that most repair shops don't have this -- I assume this is some type of clean room thing to keep dust out?