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Horror Stories!

Blue_Tech
06-26-2005, 10:36 PM
This came to mind, and I thought I would share and would like to hear from others. I know I am not the only one out there who has subjected their A/V gear to horrible circumstances.

Way back in 2001 when I purchased my HDTV, I chose the monstrosity otherwise known as a 34" Sony XBR. Not that the screen is huge, but it weighs nearly 180 lbs! And we lived in a 2-story town house, with the first floor of my dwelling being on the second floor of the structure... in other words, this building was 3 stories, and our town home was upstairs.

Ovation gladly (i think) delivered the set within 6 hours. Two gentlemen with appropriate gear safely delivered the set to our living room where it happily entertained us for about a year. When we decided it was time to move, I did most of the muscle myself, including attempting to safely move the TV. I aquired a nice furniture dolly from Uhaul and draped a blanket around the TV, then strapped it to the dolly and proceeded out the door and cautiously inched my way towards the stairs leading to the parking lot. This was one of those dollies with the caterpillar tracks (tank treads) on the backside, so I figured it'd be smooth sailing right? WRONG!

I got about 3 steps down when my sweaty hands start to lose grip. 10 fingers, 8 fingers, 5 fingers, 2 fingers!!!! AH-aha-hahahah... the HORROR! With one finger hanging on for dear life to the handle, and the other hand gripping the stair rail with all my might, I watched my spotless Sony slip away and gracefully glide about 15ft down the stairs and come to a not so reassuring thud at the bottom of the steps, innards twanging and humming. The insides sounded like an out of tune banjo, all the support wires and springs humming away. I was sure that was it.

I immediately rush down to survey the damage, so far so good. The only visible damage is a chipped piece of plastic on the backside, and a decent scractch down the left side where it slid against the wall at the bottom of the stairs. Considering what I've just done, I dismiss this as lucky, it could be worse. Without hesitation I run back upstairs and grab the playstation and cables and go back downstairs to test it out. I have to know now!!! Hooking everything up, I power on the set... and to my surprise, it works! It's on! Thank the Lord! Ok, turn on the playstation... BINGO! It works, no distortion, no weird noises, nothing. Just fabulous picture. Hooray!

This had the potential to be the worst technological disaster I have ever encountered, short of my re-wiring escapades with my vehicles! I dont know if it is a testament to Sony quality, sure dumb luck, or a combination... But 4 years later, and the picture still looks good as new on that set.

Now, I know some of you have done some terrible things to your equipment... Soda in the VCR, toddlers cramming binkies in the DVD, cats taking vengeance on speaker cones, whatever.... Lets hear it!

TyTimp
06-27-2005, 06:52 AM
Buying anything Sony. I was naive once just like everybody else and believed Sony made the best products. Every Sony I bought broke quite quickly. I'd be here writing all day if I went into detail. Off the top of my head is a reciever, laser disc player (could not be fixed after 4 tries), VCR, dual cassette/cd/ radio (laser and both cassette decks replaced and broke again) car CD player. Even after I said "that's it, no more Sony", a salesman convinced me to buy a Sony car cd player. Stupid thing made ticking sounds from the moment it was installed. That WAS the last Sony I ever bought. Family members and friends continue to buy Sony despite me trying to talk them out of it. Guess what, they break too but they continue to buy Sony. I woke up, when will the rest of the world. STOP BUYING THOSE OVERPRICED PIECES OF $H!T. Sorry, I have a huge problem with that company and their products.

amf1932
06-27-2005, 07:08 AM
Buying anything Sony. I was naive once just like everybody else and believed Sony made the best products. Every Sony I bought broke quite quickly. I'd be here writing all day if I went into detail. Off the top of my head is a reciever, laser disc player (could not be fixed after 4 tries), VCR, dual cassette/cd/ radio (laser and both cassette decks replaced and broke again) car CD player. Even after I said "that's it, no more Sony", a salesman convinced me to buy a Sony car cd player. Stupid thing made ticking sounds from the moment it was installed. That WAS the last Sony I ever bought. Family members and friends continue to buy Sony despite me trying to talk them out of it. Guess what, they break too but they continue to buy Sony. I woke up, when will the rest of the world. STOP BUYING THOSE OVERPRICED PIECES OF $H!T. Sorry, I have a huge problem with that company and their products.
Too bad you feel that way about Sony products. I've been buying all types of Sony products ever since the 1950's, and everytime I unpack a new component, I'm sure it'll work perfectly. I LOVE this company! I could go on an on about this great company but there's no need too. You have some very smart family and friends.....unlike you!
Remember, you get what you pay for. ;)

Alan

TyTimp
06-27-2005, 07:58 AM
You have some very smart family and friends.....unlike you!
Actually they're not. Their Sony products break too and they continue to buy them.
You keep overpaying for your Sony products Alan. As long as they work for you, I'm happy.

Side story:
When I was looking at plasma tv's at Future Shop, the salesman, who was probably they most non BS kind of salesman I've ever delt with, pointed to a Sony plasma and flat out told me it's overpriced. It was approx. $2000 more than any plasma in its category.

iserum
06-27-2005, 08:25 AM
i have bad luck with SONY product and SONY is never on my list of any electronic equipment i buy, this year i bought 55" GW after long thought, i was looking at Hitachi and Panasonic as first choice, the PQ was very good on SONY and dimensions were according to what we were looking for, but i bought extended warranty with it. I think SONY products are over priced. there are so many alternatives out there. SONY is not leader anymore and sales number reflects it. they have far too many mediocre products out there.

retorq
06-27-2005, 10:51 AM
I too always thought Sony was over priced and over rated, I was never really impressed with their stuff. I have a Sont 52 inch HDTV and am very impressed with the aulity and price . . things change I guess.

slcsnkman
06-27-2005, 02:20 PM
Well I have a 55in mits and it weighs about 250. There will 4 of us moving me into and apartment and its ON THE 3rd floor. We are not looking to move this huge TV much less 2 couches, table yada yada yada...dropping it is my biggets fear

Blue_Tech
06-27-2005, 10:05 PM
Well, on those comments... I love my Sony stuff. For quite a long time Sony was considered the reference standard for CRT displays, and in many regards, still is. Trinitron technology/construction was a huge advance among other things. Although this is a moot point considering all the newer technologies, some of which Sony does not wish to pursue. This being a huge factor in my decision to start looking at other display manufacturers.

With that said... this thread wasnt really intended for flaming product quality from one manufacturer or another, but mainly real-life mishaps. Just thought it would be a breath of fresh air to hear some new topics.

Wheres the story about miswiring a brand new $20,000 tube amp and cooking some nice new Paradigm floor speakers?

ja2935
06-28-2005, 11:21 AM
Don't ask/don't tell - perhaps people are too embarassed to reveal their most dramatic or expensive accidents!

I have had no real quality or reliability problems with Sony products except an early floppy disc 1mp digital camera that had a poor auto-focus system. I have a 27" SD Wega, a couple of VCR decks and a later digital camera that are still going strong. However I think Sony's pricing policy is elitist and this has lead to it's current financial crisis.

History tells us that diversified manufacturers like Sony are not and cannot be good at everything they produce - it is shortsighted not to consider competing products when making purchases, particularly when the brand label does not nessessarily indicate where the item is actually manufactured. A Yamaha receiver I bought recently was made in China!

Cyberman
06-28-2005, 10:31 PM
If reliability is your concern then go with SONY! Sure all electronics break down but you can bet that if you have a Sony and any other Brand X electronic, your Sony will outlive Brand X. Now Brand X is for every other brand out there.

RSawdey
06-29-2005, 10:09 AM
Strangely, I had almost the opposite experience with my HDTV (its a DLP)... when the moving men saw it, they must have thought it would weight a ton - instead of the 80 pounds it really is. When they picked it up, they nearly tossed it through the ceiling! :eek: :D