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OK, I am here in Japan and staying just across the street from a BIC camera store. For those of you who don't know what one is, this one is 6 stories of electronics, computers, TVs, cameras, even stereo equipment. Just picture a BB on steroids.
I went in and looked at the TV floor and they have a XS-1 in the 65 and 52 inch sizes. Nearby is the XBR8 equivalent (same set, model number is different).
With the Sharp provided demo BD playing, I will say that it is very impressive. It is more impressive than the XBR8. Me and my buddy could not see any issue with viewing angle or blooming. This is the best LCD that I have seen yet, with the 8 close behind.
Interesting that the price here even with the strong value of the Yen now is still a little lower than what it was being retailed at in the US. The 65" would be about $14K (estimate) with todays Yen/Dollar price.
For Happy Hopping, no I did not see any cooling fans, but I did not look to much at the back. Normally I would notice something like that though.