Check out the new Sony A9 Alpha Series Camera
We’ve had a few Sony A7 series cameras sent to us for repair with the “Camera Error turn power off then on” – from our experience, there are a couple causes of this issue. The most likely cause of this issue is a frozen mechanical section in the sensor assembly (aka mecha device). We have developed a method to repair these cameras without replacing the optical block in some cases, which can cost well over a $1000 regardless of the model.
One customer had been told by a certain repair center that repairing their camera would cost the same as a new Sony A7s. We were able to repair this camera for significantly less without parts. If you are experiencing an issue with your Sony A7, A7S, or A7sii, give us a call 323-887-0777.
We get a lot of phone calls about repairing off-brand projectors. It’s hard pill to swallow for most people, but these off-brand projectors aren’t worth repairing. They’re not worth the $800 they sell for, and certainly not the $4000 they list as MSRP.
The biggest issues with off-brand projectors stem from build quality & HDCP compliance. Customers will call, complaining about how the HDMI port doesn’t work, how the fan is rattling, or the image is too dim. Often times, these projectors will outright fail. To make matters worse, spare parts are not available. The only thing we can do is sell them a refurbished projector.
They call them White Van scams, because back in the day, scammers would sell these subpar goods from the back of their vans. These days they have the internet at their disposal.
One of the biggest scammers on the web, HDProjectorWorld.com just closed its site. Consumers can breathe a little easier. With that said, one should always purchase vigilantly.
If the deal seems too good to be true, don’t purchase that projector.
Things to consider when purchasing a projector:
Some known scams to watch out for:
We will expand this list as we hear more names.
This Sony A7R took a big fall. We had to replace 10 parts including 3PCBs an LCD and a Viewfinder. Read more on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/SonyAlpha/comments/4ilxg8/sony_alpha_repair_flatlay_ama/
This can be an opportunity for us to help you with you A/V purchases, give us a call if you need any projectors, camcorders, live sound equipment, or accessories.
Repair or Replace is probably the most common dilemma that our projector end user customers face. First thing’s first – Don’t replace your lamp without reading our guide on replacing projector lamps.
Freedom Christian Center contacted us when their ACTO LX8100 failed. To deal with dimming brightness, the team at Freedom Christian Center attempted to replace the lamp on their own, using a lamp that caused total failure to the projector. With a failed Ballast PCB, the ACTO projector was dead.
With a tight deadline, and a unique set up with a long distance projector throw, we knew that finding replacement parts for the Chinese made ACTO would be a tough one. We worked with the team at Freedom Christian Center to pick a new projector with a long throw lens, eventually settling on the Panasonic PT-EW730ZU with ET-ELT20 Long Throw Lens.
“Much brighter than before. We loved it.”
Banning Seventh-Day Adventist Church contacted us when their Sanyo PLC-XF47 refused to power on after a lamp change. What started out as a simple Ballast repair eventually evolved into a complex and intricate repair requiring multiple teardowns & rebuilds. We were able to offer a loaner unit to mitigate the total cost of repair, which was in the thousands of dollars, requiring a new main PCB, 4 new lamps, and other parts. In this case, failure to perform professional maintenance led to a catastrophic failure that cost 5 times as much in the end as a repair.
But in the end, the repair was worth it – the PLC-XF47 is a 15,000 lumen monster with a long throw lens. To replace this unit today, will cost more than $10,000 new and at least $8,000 used (We NEVER recommend purchasing a used projector online).
A home theater projector was sent to us with power issues. They had recently replaced the lamp, because they believed the lamp was the cause of their problems. As this didn’t resolve the issue, they contacted us. When we received the unit, we prepared an estimate that would cost 50% of the original cost. As they had already sunk a $100 on a bad lamp, they were married to the idea of fixing the projector.
We were able to find a factory refurbished projector that had better color reproduction, was a higher resolution, and had HDMI compatibility, for only a slightly higher price than repair.
There is no one size fits all for projector repair, and that’s why we created our risk free repair/upgrade program. We repair hundreds of projectors a month including Sanyo, Panasonic, Barco, NEC, Christie, Eiki , give us a call with your questions, and as always, don’t replace your lamp without certainty.
And if you do decide to purchase a new projector, we sell the whole line of Panasonic, Barco, Christie, Sony, NEC, & more.
Big news out of Hollywood today as Panasonic announces their newest addition to the VariCam line. The VariCam LT adds top of the line performance for the super competitive price of $18,000 (body only). With the option of a PL mount or an EF mount, the camera should appeal to the latest generation of adventure videographers. Incredible dynamic range with V-Log, lightweight at 6 pounds, and a P2 Expres card on board, the camera is sure to be a gamechanger.
The 2010’s have been a decade of analog audio revival. Following in footsteps of the Vinyl revolution that has presses putting out millions of new records a year, Reel to Reel machines have seen a wicked resurgence among audiphiles, hipsters, & boomers alike. As the Factory Service group for TEAC & TASCAM, we have been absolutely shocked by the volume of units coming to us for repair. Models like the X1000 and 38 are among the many coming to us from the corners of the US including New York, Los Angeles, & even Alaska. These units require precision calibration& biasing, but when correctly calibrated, some say the warm analog sound is unparalleled by digital and other analogue mediums.
At this time, there are no new manufacturers of reel to reel machines, but a group from the UK hopes to change that. Horch House, a last man standing in the analog space, hopes to change that with the introduction of Project R2R. Horch House intends to manufacture new Reel to Reel machines, and we salute them for their dedication to an almost lost form of media.
For those surprised by the resurgence of Analog, look no further than an old reel to reel. As the publication The Absolute Sound reported:
In 2013, The Absolute Sound shocked readers by concluding that a reel-to-reel deck absolutely crushed the highest-rated turntable-based system ever reviewed by the magazine. “I have never heard rock and roll reproduced more powerfully and realistically in my home or at a show in my entire life,” concluded reviewer Jonathan Valin. The deck in question was billed as ‘new’, but was in fact a highly modified TASCAM Pro deck.
Try it for yourself some time.
In the last month, we have repaired a series of Barco DCS switchers. Recognizing a common point of failure, we will be offering a flat-rate repair for DCS units suffering from no output or no power. Please contact us for more details.
We will be open tomorrow, Saturday 11/21 for a special holiday schedule. Rush service is available for equipment that needs to be ready by Thanksgiving. Projector Repair, Camcorder Repair, and other Pro Audio Repair.