(Sony RPTV's) Is it safe to go back in the water?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike_Sidden, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. Mike_Sidden

    Mike_Sidden Auditioning

    Feb 11, 2003
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    First off, I'm a huge Sony fan and have been for several years. That said, I've been in the market for a Sony RPTV for about two years. I've put off my purchase because I wanted the prices on the newer DVI capable models to come down a little before committing.

    My question is about the 57WV700 specifically. I know that they had/have flicker problems, as did several of the other Sony models manufactured at the latter part of last year, so it seems by reading the forums. I just wanted to get your opinions on whether or not you think it would be safe to buy a 53WV700 by say, first of May 03?

    I mean, do you think that Sony will have this CRT and resistor issue resolved on the models that will be sold by then? I'm sure there is still a possibility that I could get stuck with a model from last year, but does Sony require the reseller to correct this issue before selling the TV now that it is an obvious issue? I really love the picture on the 57WV700 and I know that there of some owners out there that would swear by their sets.

    I'm also pretty open minded. If not the WV700, then what other sets in the $2,800 to $3,300 price range would be considered comparable or better? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks ya'll.
  2. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

    Apr 15, 1999
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    Sony is aware of the problem and presumably has corrected it in production models. Every set has a manufacturing date on the serial number label on the back of the set.

    I doubt if they are requiring stores to have old stock sets fixed before sale as this would involve opening the box and an open box is a big deterrent to a customer accepting the set.

    I think your best bet would be to try to get as late a production set as possible. A way to perhaps assure yourself of this would be to buy from a store that is out of stock on them and has to order one?

    Another good idea would be to go ahead and get the extended warranty from the retailer. While I generally shun these I think they may be a good idea for any rptv purchase, flicker problem or not--an rptv can be an extremely spendy thing to repair and is so expensive in the first place that it's not a throwaway item. Some of these extended warranties provide for a replacement of your set with a comparable brand new one if repair attempts are unsuccessful.

    I paid 350 to CC for 3 additional years over and above the factory 1 year warranty on my set (An early production KP57HW40 that's gone 16 months with no sign of flicker).

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