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It distorts at tedge of picture anoying

Thinking of buying but will it be costly to repair

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The lenses from the optic engine of this tv are made out of plastic - in time, due to the heat generated by the lamp, they warp, producing distortions in the image. This is a very expensive repair, over $500 for a complete new optical engine, way too much in my opinion for such an old machine. 
Keep using it as is while you save money for a new one then junk it.

Posted on Jun 06, 2010


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I recommend getting a second opinion if you feel this person may be ripping you off.

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