Check craigslist from time to time as these come up quite often due to people buying flat panels.
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I assume you contacted Sony for the name of the authorized repair center nearest you. My 32" Sony had a problem last year -- power supply. Sony gave me the name of the authorized repair shop in a nearby town. They picked up the set on a Tuesday and had it back the following Tuesday. Total cost was a little over $300; much less than a new set.
I would strongly look at making an investment in a new TV.
If as Bob states the new power supply is 300.00, you will just be investing 300.00 toward obligation for any future issues that may arise. You can find some deals at dealers on demos, last years models etc. Add another 300.oo to the repair 300.00 and you may find a new TV that is Digital, HDMI, etc. Not to mention it won't weigh 300#'s. Just my opinion.
I understand Theo's logic. That was the discussion I was having with myself. I've owned CRT sets where the tube has lasted over a decade. It took over 5 years for the power supply to have a problem, so I forked over $300 hoping to buy me another 5 years if I wanted to keep the set that long. Pioneer Kuro plasma was the only new set I was considering, so the cost of repair was much less than cost of replace. But, I agree it's a gamble. If the set had been 8 years old, I probably would have gone new instead.
Tabl10s... is the Stand By light blinking when the set turns off? If so, count the number of blinks. My set uses the Stand By light as an error indicator. The blinking pattern will repeat. If you call the repair shop with the number of blinks, they can tell you what most likely is wrong and give you an estimate on repair.