New Forum User, New to GTv/Sony GT1, Long time android developer.
I recently purchased 2 of these at a discounted price at a local bestbuy. They were their floor models and I was sold them at a 50% discount. I purchased 1 for development and 1 for my family room. Because I did not purchase them as a 'new' in box item I had to take what bestbuy had for them.
Unfortunately, this meant they couldnt find the IR blasters. Which really isnt a huge problem; however after contacting sony for replacements [under the impression these would cost ~10$] i found some different information.
First let me say that I tried with several other IR blasters I had thinking that the technology was simple enough it could be interchanged. I used my Slingbox HD Blaster, however its a 2.5mm and it would seem this GTv takes a 3.5mm. I then tried with a 2.5 female to 3.5 adapter, and it would seem as though it was not working. [As their is no failsafe to know if I am just not catching the right code while trying to program the IR for the cablebox, I am discounting this as not the correct option].
Sony's replacement website offers:
part: 14580611 @28.95$ each w/ shipping
https://servicesales.sel.sony.com/ecom/ ... e=Computer
part: 14580612: Discontinued
The Sony agent I spoke with @ 1-800-488-SONY explained that part 14580611 was discountinued and that I would have to purchase the 14580612, but would offer free shipping.
part: 14580611: Discontinued
part: 14580612 @43.00$ w/ free shipping
Now, I was able to find this 3.5mm IR Blaster on Amazon that claims to work with 'sony' products. Once again, I was under the impression that the IR Blaster cables and Leads were nothing more than a dumb technology and that everything was basically being done inside the unit... so i have to believe that alot of cheaper solutions exist. is this a misunderstanding of mine?
Amazon possible replacement: @10$
http://www.amazon.com/7-ft-Ir-Blaster-C ... =de_a_smtd
I did some searching around, and I dont mind doing some leg work if there isnt anyone that hasnt gone down this path already; just figured i would check first. i figured this was also a more rare problem as most consumers will have gotten the cables with their devices, and i dont imagine these fail very often.
have a nice day,