Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Woodinville, WA USA
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I spent a lot of time comparing the 55" XBR8 it directly with the 50" Kuro. I had read the CNET review before the comparison, so I was biased. My viewing environment was at Magnolia Hi-Fi in Bellevue, WA and the guys there gave me all the time in the world to adjust lighting, content, etc. until I felt like I had done a reasonable comparison between the two.
My impressions was that the XBR8 picture was superior in every aspect. The side-angle viewing degradation on the XBR8 was only apparent at angles greater than 50 degrees off center, and that's a non-issue for me.
I bought the XBR8, had it delivered on Sunday, and watch the new Blu-Ray edition of Godfather I on it Sunday night. Absolutely fantastic experience. Colors are beautiful, and the red colors are especially amazing.
Only flaw I've seen so far: I have a straight HDMI hookup from Sony BDP-350 to Sony STR-DA3400ES receiver to the XBR8, and I have the "control over HDMI" feature turned on. I've set the TV to use "external speakers only", which means the on-set speakers are turned off, and volume control is sent to the DA3400ES by the TV. Works great, except if you pause the DVD/BluRay then restart it, the TV turns it's internal speakers back on. Not sure why that happens, but it sure seems like a firmware bug that can hopefully be fixed with an upgrade.
Other than that minor detail, absolutely satisfied with the purchase so far.