New memberUsername: Sensible
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Gold MemberUsername: Magfan
Post Number: 2667
I'll take pity on you and take a shot at helping you without being too much of a smart axx.
First you're right. you can replace the set with a 55" Vizeo at the bigbox store for a grand. Or a 50" Panasonic Plasma for <700$ at the same store.
Now, I don't KNOW whats wrong with your set, but DO know that even if you fix it for say.....350$, something will go south sooner or later anyway. I personally feel that DLP is a losing battle. The color wheel bearing may have made that noise. Or, if it was electrical? The whole thing going dead sounds like a power supply problem. Can you open it up....and have a look and a smell? UNPLUG for HOURS before doing so.
Join the club. I bought a Sony SXRD 60" in '06 and junked it out last year after the color shift thing bit me. Sony? Sold me a set which I sold the Next Day for a good profit. I gave up on the best image which if I read all the posts / threads correctly just means problems and bought a Panasonic Plasma. I've got an OK picture, which doesn't do motion perfectly but at least people aren't standing in line to beef about 'em.
If I were YOU, I'd set a max price for fix. If it exceeds the price, go new but be warned. Do your HOMEWORK about possible problems. The new LCD sets have a new set of problems.
I like my Plasma, but when working properly loved the Sony. Too bad they pissed everyone off.