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Ive been waiting for the Sony 50in GW to come in stock i fell in love with this tv the first time i saw it around 2 months ago. Itll finally be in stock at my local cambridge soundworks this week. My question is after reading all the problems with buzzing noises and bulb problems would i be stupid to still purchase this tv ? or do you think maybe Sony has fixed these problems and by getting a newer model i wont run into these problems ?

Cambridge SoundWorks is the only store left in town with this tv anymore all the floor models have all been pulled off the shelves at my local Best Buy, Circuit City and Sears so that cant be a good thing. I do love this tv and am just wondering if by getting it now if anyone knows if the newer models these problems were fixed ? Any info would be appreciated

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I would get it. Then check the serial number and date code. If it is a January Build date then Sony says that it will have the fix. If you ever hear the buzzing noise I would imediately return it if you still can. Don't wait for it to not turn on.
 

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I love my 42. It's the best PQ out there. Even though I'm having the buzz/no-start thing, I'd buy it again.
You must be kidding, right? :confused:


The thing doesn't even come on sometimes and you would buy another one? I am a BIG Sony TV fan, but come on.


Would you still go buy another Acura (or substiture auto maker here), if it only started some of the time? I don't think so. For the money we are all shelling out to these companies for the high-end TVs..... having them come on 100% of the time should be number one on our checklist.
 

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You must be kidding, right? :confused:


The thing doesn't even come on sometimes and you would buy another one? I am a BIG Sony TV fan, but come on.


Would you still go buy another Acura (or substiture auto maker here), if it only started some of the time? I don't think so. For the money we are all shelling out to these companies for the high-end TVs..... having them come on 100% of the time should be number one on our checklist.
I agree 100%. I can deal with the numerous stuck pixels on my TV, and even a loud fan, or a buzzing noise. However, the thing must turn on 100% of the time or it should be returned. Heck even Black Crush is more acceptable than it not turning on. Basically these TVs are nothing more than a plastic brick when they don’t turn on. If you would buy this TV again even with the Power-on issue then please buy mine from me. I will give you a great deal!
 

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I agree 100%. I can deal with the numerous stuck pixels on my TV, and even a loud fan, or a buzzing noise. However, the thing must turn on 100% of the time or it should be returned. Heck even Black Crush is more acceptable than it not turning on. Basically these TVs are nothing more than a plastic brick when they don?t turn on. If you would buy this TV again even with the Power-on issue then please buy mine from me. I will give you a great deal!
That doesn't make sense to me. The issues you mention are permanent. I have the GWIII and have had no problems, but if I do experience the infamous bulb problem and Sony comes out and fixes it properly than I have no regrets. The jury is still out on the latest fix, but as long as 1 fix does the job than there's no way I'd rather have another TV.
 

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Yeah, I've been an owner for an entire week and I was nervous reading about some of this stuff here. I bought a 50 and got it a week later. So far it's fantastic. Everywhere I went to look at different models and tvs side by side and the Wega was the best to me. I find the fan as quiet as church mice so far but then, I'm in a week so I'll be back to post any issues I may have down the road. One thing I did do and perhaps if you buy one this would give you some piece of mind ... I took a 5 year extended warranty. I guess that doesn't help if you can't get a bulb anyway like many are experiencing but I'll take that chance and hope they ramp up production and get parts and heck, tv's to sell. They're selling a ton of these tv's it seems.
 

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I agree 100%. I can deal with the numerous stuck pixels on my TV, and even a loud fan, or a buzzing noise. However, the thing must turn on 100% of the time or it should be returned. Heck even Black Crush is more acceptable than it not turning on. Basically these TVs are nothing more than a plastic brick when they don’t turn on. If you would buy this TV again even with the Power-on issue then please buy mine from me. I will give you a great deal!
Jeez!!!


All these problems....


And some DIEHARDS are still trying it... insisting on purchasing.....defending it to the death.



Why do people want it so bad?


There are other better choices out there.
 

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If you have a truck to return the TV every few weeks, and lots of time to take off from work to let repair people in and out to look at it every month, go ahead and buy the GWIII, it is great when it is working.


Mine gets picked up tomorrow for repair. I get to drive 40 miles home over my lunch hour to let the guys in to pick it up.


-Chad
 

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My personal experience with the GWIII has been fantastic. No buzz, no startup problems, just a great tv to watch.


Based on discussions that I had with the sales person I worked with at Tweeter, and on posts in the buzz thread, I do believe that there were problems with a batch of the sets. These problems apparently arose from a manufacturing change by the bulb supplier, which was not communicated to Sony, and which Sony QA did not catch. The changes in the bulb specs resulted in the ballast circuitry for the lamp running out of spec and eventually breaking down. There have apparently been a few attempted fixes, some of which involved a circuitry change, and some of which may be related to a new bulb supplier. Hopefully they have nailed the problem down and the current fix is the final fix.


Since I have had no issues with my set so far (knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, etc...), I have no regrets about buying it. If I do have a problem, the Tweeter folks will come out and fix it (I got the service contract - different from an extended warranty!). If they can't fix it, I get a new set. Any time during the 5 year contract. And if the set has been replaced by a new model, well, I get the new model. Lovely! Brilliant!


Bottom line - it seems like all of the newer RPTV's (DLP, LCD, LCOS) have had some kind of production issue early in each model's production run. Samsung DLP's had bulb, color wheel, and light engine problems, the Sony GWIII LCD is currently having a bulb problem, the Toshiba LCOS - well, never mind. With the exception of the LCOS, these problems have been resolved, as far as I know.


If you like the pq, features, style and pricing of the Sony - get it (I did!). If you prefer the Samsung DLP, get that (my brother-in-law did, mostly due to size constraints). If you like the Panasonic or Hitachi, get it!


If you read these forums too much, you might not get anything, or become paranoid about the set you do buy. Instead, read the forums a bit, understand the issues, make your decision, and then - enjoy! :D


I'm not sure why I keep reading the forums myself at this point... :)
 

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Outstanding points gkinma! I agree. I have the GWIII and am really enjoying it. I also have the service contract and recommend it for any TV costing as much as these do.
 

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I take all advice with a grain of salt. Pro and Con. In the end whether it's a $3 or a $3000 decision, it's me that has to live with the results. There is no sure thing. All things have some % of gamble. I have never seen the official odds so that said I'm moving next week and soon I will be getting mine also.
 
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