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simon8201 posted on Sat, Sep 29 2012 7:00 PM

Just recently my RF 32 inch Avant has started to show a mass of diagonal white lines when a very dark scene is on the screen. I'm assuming this is a portent of doom as far as the tube goes! Does anyone know whether B&O still has tubes and if so would the cost be anything like sensible (sub £1000?)

I do love my avant and have resisted the flat screen LCD/plasma thus far but maybe it's nearing the time to go the modern way!

Apart from the diagonal lines my Avant still has a beautiful picture,sound and still looks like a piece of art. Is it worth giving it a second chance?!

 

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Thanks ipaul. yes, they are white and only show on a black screen, for instance scene changes in a movie. they run across the whole screen diagonally. Is this an adjustable thing for an engineer who knows what he's up to? I suspect the B&O shop might tell me otherwise!

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Bob replied on Tue, Oct 2 2012 11:30 AM

Hi, yes as every TV there is many parameters adjustable (just do attempt yourselves) and shall you be in need of service manual - shout :)

bob 

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Thanks ipaul. yes, they are white and only show on a black screen, for instance scene changes in a movie. they run across the whole screen diagonally. Is this an adjustable thing for an engineer who knows what he's up to? I suspect the B&O shop might tell me otherwise!

 

Don't worry - be Happy

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ipaul replied on Tue, Oct 2 2012 9:29 PM

It might be a slightly drifted G2 pot or a faulty one, in that case it'll come back (after adjusting).

Try switching to vcr or so to get a stable black screen (or even teletekst will do) and see if the light intensity of the screen varies or is stable all time (as it should be).

If the intensity of the light (and the lines) tends to vary, a new focus/G2 may be a good start, hoping it is not the version  intergrated in the HT transfo (there are 2 different versions used).

You probably need a techy there, but anyway: my first bet in this case would not be the tube.

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yes, I think a tech might be needed. On 'text' there is a black screen with the lines ever present(22 of them!) I'm beginning to wonder if the lines are more greenish than white and when looked at close up they seen to 'vibrate' somewhat. Trouble is with an Avant you don't just put it in the back of your car and drop i off to the local service place. Need to give B&O a call!

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simon8201:

yes, I think a tech might be needed. On 'text' there is a black screen with the lines ever present(22 of them!) I'm beginning to wonder if the lines are more greenish than white and when looked at close up they seen to 'vibrate' somewhat. Trouble is with an Avant you don't just put it in the back of your car and drop i off to the local service place. Need to give B&O a call!

Exactly the same happened to my previous BV 3 (lines as you describe them). And I was told it was the because the tube is 'dying'.

I sold it before it died completely.

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In the end it is sad but sell for 1 Euro buy another one for 100 Euro - at least over here in Germany. A very nice TV if you only watch sd and don't care about bigger screens... I used to own an Avant but sold it just because of its size (too big item and too small screen).

Ralf

PS: sound was great - happy to have a stereo set to replace the sound of the inbuilt speakers

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So, still thinking about this. Have seen a very nice black Beovision 5 on a friendly used B&O website (!) Would just about fit in the corner of my cottage (if I'm measuring correctly it's a bit wider and higher than the avant but less deep) Question is, how much of a step backwards picture wise is it going to be as I'll be viewing it from about 2.5 to 3 meters away? Does look nice though...

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simon8201:

So, still thinking about this. Have seen a very nice black Beovision 5 on a friendly used B&O website (!) Would just about fit in the corner of my cottage (if I'm measuring correctly it's a bit wider and higher than the avant but less deep) Question is, how much of a step backwards picture wise is it going to be as I'll be viewing it from about 2.5 to 3 meters away? Does look nice though...

IMO a plasma tv like the BV5 has a picture quality that is closer to the Avant than most LCD or LED tv's. More natural colors - and the black areas in the picture is black, and not just dark grey.

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I'd get a BV10 and pipe the sound through an a/v amp if you want better surround sound .

Or add a few B&O active speakers.

At least the BV10 is a classy bit of kit unlike the new stuff

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Yes the BV10 is nice enough but is way over what budget I'd like to spend on a television, let alone needing to buy extra speakers to make the sound as good as my ten year old one. I'm still thinking about a BV5. If not, it may well be a V1 as I do quite like the look of it although I understand not everybody does!

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Robert replied on Wed, Oct 10 2012 7:48 AM

My advice: Have a check up what is wrong chassis or tube.

For new tube, plan a trip to Germany, see the weblink below (use google translator!)

 

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Rohre-fur-Bang-Olufsen-Avant-32RF-Beovision-3-32-24-Mon-Garantie-TOP-/190719406924?pt=DE_TV_Martin&hash=item2c67c3334c

 

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Thanks for this Robert. I have however ordered a black Beovision 5 from Lifestyle AV so we'll see how I get on with it! I suspect it'll be a bit big for my living room but I'll just tell people it's an art installation!

 

Simon

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Nick replied on Wed, Oct 10 2012 8:35 PM

simon8201:

Thanks for this Robert. I have however ordered a black Beovision 5 from Lifestyle AV so we'll see how I get on with it! I suspect it'll be a bit big for my living room but I'll just tell people it's an art installation!

 

Simon

I have just changed from a 7-32 to a 7-40 and a 1st the screen size was a big difference, but before long you don't worry about the size difference 

 

A bv5 is a real nice set, good effort 

 

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