Question about Televison & Video
First---There is a class action lawsuit(google the model number and you will find about this).
Both the 50V500 AND 60V500 HAD THIS PROBLEM.
The red oval in the middle of the screen is a burnt light engine--called the optical engine. The lamp this set uses shines into one end of the engine which has a series of lens etc and the picture comes out of the 3 inch lens on top of the engine and is directed into a mirror which reflects it onto the screen.
The heat from the lamp causes slight separation of one of the lens inside the unit.
HITACHI knows about this problem and was for a while providing replacement engines for 200 dollars;
Now the least expensive replacements I have seen are over 600 dollars wholesale---the new engines are
supposed to not have the same kind of problem.
Considering the cost of the part and major labor to replace it(you have to dismantle the entire set) it is most likely not worth repairing. If you are an original owner you may want to look into the class action law suit.
Sorry for the bad news but I have replaced several of the engines in this set.
If you have questions or need advice let me know here.
Posted on Sep 30, 2009
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