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The lamp in my Sony KF-50WE610 just died yesterday. It already has a yellow 'fingerprint'.

So my question is: Replace the lamp or the whole TV?


The lamp is $120.


The TVs I like are:

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LG 50ps80


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Samsung pn50b650

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Panasonic tc-p50g10



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Samsung pn50b450



I would say the natural lighting is medium, not dark and not bright.

I currently have my TV connected to my HD cable box, my PC (component restricted now, HDMI would be an option with new set.) and it is also connected to my PS2. I think I would like to stick with 1080P just in case I get to the point I can use it.


I a few of the TVs I listed have the Yahoo Widgets which sounds pretty cool, but I haven't seen it in action to know if it works right.

I did not know the burn in issue was getting better. But,

if the risk of burn in is no longer an issue then a plasma seems like the best choice for the performance and money.


I am not against getting last year's model either. I just wouldn't know what to look at. (Or when burn in stopped being an issue)


What do you guys think I should do?


Thanks in advance!!

John


(I tried to post links to help you help me, but I am a noob so I can't post links...)
 

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I didn't know they were covering through 2010. That's good to know!

But I think my set is Sept, 2004. Looks like I might have missed the boat. But I will check and see asap.

that covers the yellow spot, not the bulb. Right?


What do you think about the TVs I mentioned above? Maybe I could warranty my Sony, sell it as working and put that money towards a new TV.
 

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I didn't know they were covering through 2010. That's good to know!

But I think my set is Sept, 2004. Looks like I might have missed the boat. But I will check and see asap.

that covers the yellow spot, not the bulb. Right?


What do you think about the TVs I mentioned above? Maybe I could warranty my Sony, sell it as working and put that money towards a new TV.

Yep, they won't cover the bulb, you'd have to purchase that separately. Your set is a 2003 model though, but I don't think that'll matter since it's listed on the page.

I'm not sure what you mean by yellow spot, is it the yellow markings in the bulb casket?


Since it's a free fix, I'd try to get it fixed and yes you can probably sell it. Out of all those options, I would get the Panasonic.
 

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You are right nosepass2, my TV is a 2003. I just called Sony. The yellow spot is a problem with the optical block. The warranty for that expired last year.

I will look to see if my Lamp Access Door is melted. Although she told me I would have to call back to talk to another department, she did say this could cause the bulb to burn out... So we will see.
 

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After I took the pictures I posted above and wrote the above post, I put the lamp back in to test.

When I turned it on, I thought I heard something fall off the stand the tv is on. It sounded like a bottle cap.

I took the lamp back out again to find that the bulb had broken (at the glass mount) .

You can see the broken pieces below:


 

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My lamp cracked like that as well (if you can see it on my picture4), it's kind of normal, since this can happen even without this issue. The lamp access door is the one that covers the lamp (as shown on pic 5&6). Look at this forum for reference: http://www.agoraquest.com/viewtopic...._page_number=3

Those pictures I posted weren't mine; but I'll post mine:


1) http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/6856/img0600.jpg

2) http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/1694/img0601.jpg

3) http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/2305/img0602.jpg

4) http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/8663/img0603.jpg

5) http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/3783/img0605x.jpg

6) http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/7828/img0606q.jpg


These pictures from someone shows how serious this is:

 

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how old ur TV is?

If its still under warrenty, you can easily get repaired it. And if its not, you can purchase the lamp and get it fixed from customer service.


And if you really want a new master piece, Choose between Samsung & panasonic.
 

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how old ur TV is?

If its still under warrenty, you can easily get repaired it. And if its not, you can purchase the lamp and get it fixed from customer service.


And if you really want a new master piece, Choose between Samsung & panasonic.

It's definitely out of warrenty (2004 model I have) and it's going to be difficult to repair since the components are scarce since they don't produce them. I'll stick away from RPTV's from here on... good thing their gone


and no I wouldn't get Samsung anymore. I'm not going to gamble with what panel I get with their sets - Sony or Panasonic for me.
 

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The service company just looked at my TV. They are going to replace the lamp door and the bezel that is cracked.


I understand it is best to get an OEM lamp for the right light and temperature etc.
Sony wants $200


Where do you recommend I get a new lamp? (U.S. based, trustworthy, OEM lamp)


KF-50WE610 lamp

part # A1606034B
 

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I've gotten the lamps for my older Sony RPLCD from here:
http://www.laptopsforless.com/projec...rptvlamps.html

When I bought the first replacement I ordered 2, this way I always have a spare. They seem to last about 10 months, but me and the wife watch a lot of TV due to our work schedules (she works nights I work days). When the next one blows I'm done with RP and switching to a local dimming LED backlit LCD panel.
 

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WAIT!! Sony IS going to offer a replacement.
Repair Tech visited on Wednesday. I called Sony today(Friday), they said they show that there is going to be a replacement. But she told me to call the Repair Tech to proceed...? Of course he doesn't have anything else to do with this...

Does a different department in Sony handle this? Maybe that's why the girl I talked to told me to contact the repair tech...

Also, do they take the old TV or should I still be ordering a new lamp?

How long is this going to leave me TVless?
 
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