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Sony LCD Reliability: BALONEY!

by stev52 / January 9, 2010 11:55 PM PST

Mobile TV, OLED, 3D?

Why go there when the big boys can't master 2D HDTV?

You don't need 3D glasses to see what is perfectly wrong here.

My 2 year old Sony KDL46v3000 HDTV was an investment in a name brand gone bad. The tecon board is shot. It's something I'm told that processes the digital signal to make beautiful pictures. The board can't be purchased separately from the panel, which is the actual screen.

So, the repair is over $1,500.00. I had nothing more than the manufacturer's one year warranty. I thought about the extended but didn't for one reason: It's a Sony- a reliable name brand, or so I thought. That's like going to Vegas with a can't lose bet and then suddenly losing the house.

The certified Sony tech who worked on the set says he's seen this tecon board problem a few times. Too bad for me. It was my first HDTV purchase

I'm now in the market for a new TV- probably LCD. The question is: stay with the name brand or go lower end? I mean, after all, what's the point of going with a higher price name brand (i.e., Sony) when televisions have now become disposable items?

I'm following up with Sony. A nice customer service tech logged my call and said somebody will contact me. I wonder what Sony will do to keep me as a customer? My guess is probably nothing. Too bad for them.

In the meantime, has anyone seen my rabbit ears?

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The same here in Brasil
by Regina3661 / November 17, 2010 8:53 PM PST

Yes, the same happened here, and the CO told us that is a unusual problem.
What a shame!!!

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I too had a crap kdl46v3000
by cakgwd02 / November 25, 2010 4:35 AM PST

from : link

Sony KDL46V3000 has a design flaw?
I believe there is a design flaw with this TV. The manual controls for the TV are located on the top center preventing proper heat ventilation for the LCD panel and tcon pcb curcuit board directly under it. This is the likely cause of a heat related LCD failure.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010Sony LCD TVs are Samsung or Sharp LCDs
Did you folks know that Sony LCD TVs are actually made with either Sharp or Samsung LCD panels. I found this out when my Sony KDL46V3000 LCD TV panel failed at 18 months and out of warranty. I checked to see if just replacing the TCON pcb at about $49, would fix the single vertical red line problem in the middle of my display. I noted the part number for both the TCON pcb and the LCD panel was a Samsung part number. It turns out they must be replaced together, and the LCD panel costs more than the TV is worth.

I paid a premium for the Sony brand name believing it to be more durable than Samsung or Sharp. Therefore it would seem that the smarter purchase for this Joe consumer would have been to buy the Samsung or Sharp and use the Sony premium difference to pay for the extended warranty. It turns out there is a pretty high failure rate in LCD panels, and they are not repairable.
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Sony Wega Problem
by Sherry007 / November 27, 2010 2:05 AM PST

I spent $1500 on a 40 inch Sony Wega HDTV a few years ago. Right after the warranty expired, a red stripe appeared across the bottom of the screen. Then a green one appeared across the top. I called Sony techs, and they swore they had no idea what I was talking about. Now, blue and yellow stripes are bleeding vertically. Is this a TCON problem? Does anyone out there know? A TV repairman wanted to replace the motherboard for more than the set was worth! We're shopping for a new HDTV, but will never buy another Sony. The product doesn't last too long and the customer service stinks.

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Re: Sony Wega
by Sherry007 / November 27, 2010 5:59 AM PST
In reply to: Sony Wega Problem

To answer my own posting, I just found out that the problem I encountered is an optical block defect. A class action lawsuit is pending against Sony who knowingly continued selling TVs with this defective part.
I'll never buy another Sony!

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Sony Wega KDF-50E2000
by Whodini22 / January 24, 2011 5:51 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Sony Wega

DITTO...same problem same answer: "YOU R ON YOUR OWN"

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Buying a better TV
by Dan Filice / February 3, 2011 5:41 AM PST

Try buying one of the TV brands that have no problems, like Best Buy's Dynex or Insignia brands, or a Vizio. Or do like I did and buy two Samsungs that were defective out of the box. Or maybe a Mitsubishi, because there's a link here with over 400 replies about defective displays. Unfortunately electronic components are like cars: Some don't have any problems, others have constant problems. I'd still go with a brand name. I have 2 Sony LCDs with no problems so far after many years. Same with my Toshiba LCD, my Panasonic Plasma and Panasonic LCD.

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