This is the same remote that Sony has used on
XBRs for the past 2 or 3 years. (picture below) That’s OK by me though
as it is a cool remote. It is sleek and made out of metal. The buttons
have a nice solid feel to ‘em and the layout is fine. The only
complaint I have about it is that it gets nasty after a few months of
use. The metal gets dirty and fast.
Oh, and note to Sony; this remote would look killer if you put LED backlighting on it Apple Powerbook style
menus on Sony’s newer TVs are all the same, but that’s OK ‘cause it
works fine. They are easy to navigate and provide the user with enough
adjustments. This TV has an ‘Advanced’ menu though that can fine-tune the
TV even more. It even allows a person to adjust the ‘Iris’ of the lamp
in order to increase contrast and brightness.
This XBR however,
allows the common man to access the holy grail of TV adjustments:
Sony’s DRC palette. This little devil is like a line doubler for TV
signals. There are plenty of options (picture below) to allow the user to find
the sweet spot of detail versus smoothness. Once you find the right spot
for your set, you'll be happy you have this option.
This TV has it all, well almost.
- 2 HDMI
- 3 Firewire/iLink
- 2 Component
- 2 sets of composite/S-Video
has tons of inputs but that’s where I have a problem. Check out the
picture below and look at how spread out they are. I understand that
people don't like to be messing with inputs that are crammed together,
but Sony laid them out over the entire back panel. Wire maintenance on
this guy is terrible. Having the cable card on the side however is
smart; I like that.
one input that is missing, however, is a front HDMI port. I was sure
that Sony was going to start putting them on their sets with this
generation, but I was wrong. My line of thought was that the
Playstation 3 has dual HDMI so you would want to take the PS3 over
to a buddies house and have a quick connection. Oh well, not on this
this is a rear-projection and this TV is aimed at those that have a
bigger wallet and therefore at least digital cable or satellite. Nevertheless, the expected pixelation was evident with a standard signal, however, it was not worse then any other set.-DVD-
Perhaps I cheated a tad when I chose Toy Story
to review this set but it sure was bright and pretty: very crisp
and clear. It did however, produce the grayish blacks that are
characteristic of its LCD brethren. I was a tad disappointed with it.
But my god, it was bright and crisp!Master and Commander
produced a similar problem with the black levels. The TV made easy work of the dark shadows but struggled with the deep blacks. The lines
were as crisp that a 480p picture could be. Overall though, the picture
was great.-720p High Definition-
The picture is
amazing. Even at 720p it is gorgeous and by far the best looking
picture I have ever seen on a rear-projection set. The blacks are black
and the whites are white. Blue sky is as smooth as God made it. And to
think that the 720p signal from DirecTV is only half of what this 1080p
set can do; it makes me anxious to see the full quality of this guy. What
more can you ask for?
The SXRD technology resolves the biggest
issue Sony has had in the past with their microdisplays built off of
LCD: screen door effect. This TV is smoother then any DLP I have seen
and shows no effect of a grid. LCoS shoots light off a panel rather
then through it like LCDs. Plus, the SXRD variant of LCoS has a denser
pixel count and so the chance of seeing the grid is reduced even more.
Buy a sound system. You will not be happy with the one that is in this $4,000 TV. Sony should consider beefing up the power on the speakers; not everyone has money left to buy a good sound system after dropping four-grand on the television!
love this TV. It has almost everything that a person could be looking
for out a large screen set. Besides having crappy sound, I have no
major issues with it. The blacks are not incredible, but they aren't bad
ether. I would like to start seeing front HDMI ports on higher end TVs
but that is not something to mark this TV down on. The jacks are spread
out but at least there is every kind a person could need.
If you are looking for a great picture from DVDs and HD, consider this TV. Sure it is expensive, but man the picture is amazing.
Overall Score: 8 out of 10