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post #24031 of 24047 Old 06-20-2017, 08:54 PM
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Wow, and I thought I was about the only one still watching a slightly dim 10 year old XBR60 while everyone else has upgraded to one of those super bright flat ones! Tempted, but it would probably cascade another flurry of updates; AV receiver, newer BR player, etc.. Sort of waiting for the original dim bulb to blow so I have an excuse to not spend money on old technology.

Meantime, the following has happened; Full 1080P, 3D, 120/240mhz, 4k, etc.. and probably more I've not kept up with.
LOL its 2017 and I hear ya. After many wretched hand-wringing nights hoping-against-hope that we didn't get the green blob, the SXRD has been great for years. But, finally the bulb was progressively dimming--almost hard to know how much since it was so gradual. I had purchased a spare bulb back when I bought the set to have on hand and was thinking "eh, we should upgrade in the next couple of years so might as well put that new bulb in". Much brighter, yay! But 4 months later (could be coincidence?) we now have the yellow/green tint (not blob, seems very uniform across the screen).

Wish it could have lasted a bit longer, but as you say, so much has changed in the last decade (super razor thin, teeny bezels (thankfully no ears) and even more pixels).

Looking to get a 70 inch+ and OLED in that size is nonsense $$ for our budget right now. Seems like the Sony LCDs are tops for upscaling and will prolly go with that (still researching, thank you AVS forum posters for insights). Hope it lasts another 10+ years for mostly cable/ota tv (waiting for more 4k content), some movies, light gaming, light-ish room, 10' ft viewing. Bummer about off center picture but that isn't needed all that often.

Cheers to all the past and current SXRD rear projection adopters out there.
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Yeah, and that post was from 2015! So, I did get the 900E a week ago in 75" and its very nice. For 10' viewing, you may be able to save some $$ and get by with the 65" 900E for about $2K and have a really nice display and been favorably reviewed. Good luck!

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Yeah, and that post was from 2015! So, I did get the 900E a week ago in 75" and its very nice. For 10' viewing, you may be able to save some $$ and get by with the 65" 900E for about $2K and have a really nice display and been favorably reviewed. Good luck!

If anyone needs a working SXRD in SoCal for spare parts, it's about to go on craigslist for local pickup.
Got one here in Indiana on Craigslist myself; been a good friend for years...

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Just want to report I am also enjoying my Sony SXRD 50xbr1 after all these years. Up to my third bulb after 10 years (that's pretty good).
Picture still looks great while I continue to wait to get "the newest greatest" which seems to get better and better every year.
Also funny that Sony is now considered one of the best again after the fiasco of the early SXRD's and the green blob and Sony sending everyone an almost free flat screen.

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I have still been keeping my 60xbr1 working, but have had some troubles with overheating (replaced the fan a couple of times), had the optical block replaced (around 6 years ago?), replaced the bulb about 4 years ago, and had to tape the sensor for the lamp compartment down when it stopped making contact. As of today, I am getting the three flashing red light code (lamp compartment), but the bulb looks like it is fine, and the tv refuses to turn on even when I open up the lamp compartment and hold the sensor down with my finger.

Does anyone have any ideas, or perhaps a recommendation for a repair person for this in the Northeast New Jersey area? I would like to get it repaired and cleaned out and get at least another year out of it before I start looking for a new set.
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I have still been keeping my 60xbr1 working, but have had some troubles with overheating (replaced the fan a couple of times), had the optical block replaced (around 6 years ago?), replaced the bulb about 4 years ago, and had to tape the sensor for the lamp compartment down when it stopped making contact. As of today, I am getting the three flashing red light code (lamp compartment), but the bulb looks like it is fine, and the tv refuses to turn on even when I open up the lamp compartment and hold the sensor down with my finger.



Does anyone have any ideas, or perhaps a recommendation for a repair person for this in the Northeast New Jersey area? I would like to get it repaired and cleaned out and get at least another year out of it before I start looking for a new set.

I am also still using my 50XBR1, actually it has been in constant use since purchased in 2005, now delegated to seasonal use at the cottage, since I upgraded to the 1st generation 4K TV's from Sony... Anyways, a bulb just burned out (my 3rd replacement)... however while I was searching around to find a local shop that might still have XL-5100 bulbs in stock, I chatted with a lady technician who said it would unlikely anyone will have them in stock as they have an overheat situation in the lamp compartment, which usually sends them south? I don't recall the details, but she said I would be able to identify it by a brown powder coating on the inside of that compartment. When I changed my bulb, that compartment had a lot of dust, but it was not brown or burnt. I cleaned it up as delicately as possible and my TV started right up with the new bulb.



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I have still been keeping my 60xbr1 working, but have had some troubles with overheating (replaced the fan a couple of times), had the optical block replaced (around 6 years ago?), replaced the bulb about 4 years ago, and had to tape the sensor for the lamp compartment down when it stopped making contact. As of today, I am getting the three flashing red light code (lamp compartment), but the bulb looks like it is fine, and the tv refuses to turn on even when I open up the lamp compartment and hold the sensor down with my finger.

Does anyone have any ideas, or perhaps a recommendation for a repair person for this in the Northeast New Jersey area? I would like to get it repaired and cleaned out and get at least another year out of it before I start looking for a new set.
Probably not worth repairing, time to upgrade, it's been 10 years +, lol.

I just got the Samsung 82", very satisfied so far...
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I have still been keeping my 60xbr1 working, but have had some troubles with overheating (replaced the fan a couple of times), had the optical block replaced (around 6 years ago?), replaced the bulb about 4 years ago, and had to tape the sensor for the lamp compartment down when it stopped making contact. As of today, I am getting the three flashing red light code (lamp compartment), but the bulb looks like it is fine, and the tv refuses to turn on even when I open up the lamp compartment and hold the sensor down with my finger.

Does anyone have any ideas, or perhaps a recommendation for a repair person for this in the Northeast New Jersey area? I would like to get it repaired and cleaned out and get at least another year out of it before I start looking for a new set.
Probably not worth repairing, time to upgrade, it's been 10 years +, lol.

I just got the Samsung 82", very satisfied so far...
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Yeah....finally turned down that 'dead-end road' myself. Swore I'd never get another Sony; HH Greg made me a descent deal on something else, but when they delivered it, the screen was broke. Since they were in bankruptcy and had no replacement, I got stuck with a Sony XBR75X850D - So far not disappointed, although like anything with a computer, it's gotten flaky and required a reboot. - The old SXRD relegated to the 'junk corner' in the barn.

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Probably not worth repairing, time to upgrade, it's been 10 years +, lol.

I just got the Samsung 82", very satisfied so far...
I'm sure it looks great. These things (electronics/projectors/receivers/etc...) unfortunately have a shelf life. Especially the legacy formats (DLP rear proj, CRT direct view/rear proj, Plamas, etc.....).

We're on this forum because we love electronics...right? lol, I'm not sure what my point is
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I'm sure it looks great. These things (electronics/projectors/receivers/etc...) unfortunately have a shelf life. Especially the legacy formats (DLP rear proj, CRT direct view/rear proj, Plamas, etc.....).

We're on this forum because we love electronics...right? lol, I'm not sure what my point is
I just checked in after a few years absence.

I am also still watching the old 60" beast. I figure the longer I can wait to purchase, the better technology I can afford for the replacement. Yes, it is not as bright as most new screens, but I think still has a great picture. Perfectly watchable. I had the optical block replaced just before the warranty expired at 3 years, and no service since except one bulb. Don't forget that it has much better sound and speakers than most new TV's when I don't feel like turning on the AV receiver. It is on about 4 hrs. per day.
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I just checked in after a few years absence.

I am also still watching the old 60" beast. I figure the longer I can wait to purchase, the better technology I can afford for the replacement. Yes, it is not as bright as most new screens, but I think still has a great picture. Perfectly watchable. I had the optical block replaced just before the warranty expired at 3 years, and no service since except one bulb. Don't forget that it has much better sound and speakers than most new TV's when I don't feel like turning on the AV receiver. It is on about 4 hrs. per day.
Same here, still watching my 50 inch, still a great natural picture compared to those super bright LCDs. The longer I wait, the better technology gets. And yep, the SXRD has great speakers. I use them for general tv watching and only turn on the home theater for movies.

I just replace the bulb every few years, I think I have gone through 3 in 10 years.
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Same here, still watching my 50 inch, still a great natural picture compared to those super bright LCDs. The longer I wait, the better technology gets. And yep, the SXRD has great speakers. I use them for general tv watching and only turn on the home theater for movies.

I just replace the bulb every few years, I think I have gone through 3 in 10 years.
Yep...Do miss the 'ears' with the added bass.
Yeah, I even contemplated whacking them off, but then where would I put them? lol

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Happy New Year! My R60XBR1 is still going after 15 years. I have been lusting over a new set like a 75" Sony X950G but I might wait to see what CES 2020 will bring. Anyone still following this thread?
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Happy New Year! My R60XBR1 is still going after 15 years. I have been lusting over a new set like a 75" Sony X950G but I might wait to see what CES 2020 will bring. Anyone still following this thread?
yes! still watching on my 50XBR1 and replacing bulbs. It is definitely long in the tooth and I am also starting to look at the new Sony’s like the X950G, just haven’t pulled the trigger. Prices these days of large panel tv’s 50” and larger are great. One of these days I will finally do it but till love my XBR1.

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yes! still watching on my 50XBR1 and replacing bulbs. It is definitely long in the tooth and I am also starting to look at the new Sony’s like the X950G, just haven’t pulled the trigger. Prices these days of large panel tv’s 50” and larger are great. One of these days I will finally do it but till love my XBR1.
I sold my 2 several years ago now. The current OLED sets are fantastic and you can get them at a reasonable price as well. You probably won't be happy with anything less if you bought your "top tier" sets when they first came out.

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I sold my 2 several years ago now. The current OLED sets are fantastic and you can get them at a reasonable price as well. You probably won't be happy with anything less if you bought your "top tier" sets when they first came out.
I was a Best Buy recently and yes, the sets today have surpassed the SXRD’s. I’ve been lazy to change but it’s coming soon.

One thing I have noticed is the SXRD’s don’t do very well with streaming apps like Netflix (too dark) so that is a problem.
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