A8F panel refresh issue
I've got an issue with my nearly 1 year old XBR65A8F never completing the panel refresh. At first the prompt for refresh came on automatically, so I told it to proceed and left it in standby for hours. I have since tried numerous times to do the refresh, both at the standby prompt and manually through the menus, but it never seems to complete. I was in contact with Sony, updated to the latest firmware (6.5830), have done multiple factory resets and forced factory resets, done complete power-cycles, and tried the refresh without any hdmi or network cables plugged in, all without success.
Sony is offering me a replacement, but it will be a refurbished A8F, not a new one, albeit with a 2-year warranty. The other option they offered, after I asked, was an upgrade to a new 65A9F for the about current retail price difference between a A8F and A9F . I'm not sure that's worth it to me. (I know SRAM1337 had a similar issue and apparently received a new A8F replacement, though I can't confirm that.)
I'm wondering if anyone has experience with Sony refurbished equipment. It seems like a crap-shoot and I'm hesitant to inherit someone else's problems. The extended warranty is nice, but it is still a hassle to deal with problems and with Sony support. I've read some comparisons between the A8F and A9F, and I'm not not convinced the upgrades are worth the significant up-charge to me. Seeking advice.