Well I went to look at new TV's today after spending a couple of days doing research. I must say that once I got out and actually looked at all of the flat panels currently available, I am in awe that people are so enamored with LCD sets. Only the very most expensive Sony and Samsung panels didn't give me a headache to view. I just cannot get over the weird motion artifacts and SOE on these sets. I will admit that the colors and resolutions on the newest 4K sets are stunning, however as soon as anything in the frame begins moving, I am quickly reminded that I cannot stand the way LCD sets look in general.
As an interim solution I purchased a Samsung 51" F5300A Plasma at a clearance price. I can live with the darker picture, and no "smart tv" crap. I am sorely disappointed that my first Plasma panel will be my last though. I really, really dislike the LCD TV's.
I am going to try to repair my R70XBR2, and squeeze a couple more years out of it until the OLED 4K tech matures a bit, and the prices come down. Hopefully, I can fix the R70XBR2, and the Samsung Plasma will become my bedroom TV.
I'm still at a loss as to what is wrong with the set. I have torn into it and cleaned and inspected everything except the Optical Block and "C" Board. The tech I referenced a couple posts back suggested that the "C" Board is probably at fault. I am hoping I can send this unit out and have it tested and or replaced, and get it going again.
I had no idea how much I loved the picture on the r70XBR2 until I went out and saw the digitized abominations they are passing off as midrange sets now.
Last edited by Trey73; 01-22-2015 at 02:36 PM.