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post #5581 of 5596 Old 08-10-2016, 11:55 PM
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Any of you guys sold a 55 XBR8 recently? Are they worth much on the market? What's a fair price you think to get it moved?

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Just in case this thread isn't completely dead...

Sony's announcement that they're going to patch all PS4s to ouput HDR signals caused me to look through the manual for my XBR8 for information about the "Wide" setting for Color Space. I assume this setting on a 2008 TV isn't the same thing as what we know as "HDR" in 2016, right? As someone who bought this TV primarily for its outstanding-for-the-time contrast ratio, improving on that really appeals to me.

On the other hand, thinking about this made me make an exploratory trip to check out some HDR-capable 4K TVs this weekend. It's kind of a bummer that my XBR8 is still going as strong as the day I bought it, because those new TVs are very, very pretty...
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Just in case this thread isn't completely dead...

Sony's announcement that they're going to patch all PS4s to ouput HDR signals caused me to look through the manual for my XBR8 for information about the "Wide" setting for Color Space. I assume this setting on a 2008 TV isn't the same thing as what we know as "HDR" in 2016, right? As someone who bought this TV primarily for its outstanding-for-the-time contrast ratio, improving on that really appeals to me.

On the other hand, thinking about this made me make an exploratory trip to check out some HDR-capable 4K TVs this weekend. It's kind of a bummer that my XBR8 is still going as strong as the day I bought it, because those new TVs are very, very pretty...
It has tested a UHD Blu-ray in this model of TV? I would like to know the results that may be greater range of colors and contrast in scenes with glitter.
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Color Space and Live Color option on XBR8 is probably very similar artificial color stuff meaning it is made up by the TV, it is not source related..Before and after the TV is proper calibrated these options should be turned off..
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Talking Early Christmas! Second Sony 55" XBR8...

I already own a Sony 55" XBR8 (KDL-55XBR8) that we purchased from a Sony store back in 2010 (last one available - display model).
We have been using it daily for 6+ years in our great room with zero issues, and it was running in torch mode 10 hours a day for 1+ years in the Sony store before we purchased it.
Really shows the amazing build quality of these televisions.

On Friday night I spotted a local Kijiji ad listing a Sony 55" XBR8 for sale for only $400!
I responded quickly to the ad, and picked up the TV yesterday.

The owner told me that he purchased the TV new in 2008, and it has been sitting in a guest room collecting dust from day 1.
The TV has only 13 hours on it, and is literally like new (remote still in the wrapper).
I feel like one of those guys who finds a new Shelby Cobra sitting in a barn.

So happy with my lucky find, and so proud to have two of these beauties in my possession.
I still think this is one of the best TV's ever made, and I still prefer the picture over my Panasonic plasma 65" V10.
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I was wondering, does anyone know if it is still possible to update this TV to the latest firmware online? If so, is it advisable? My TV was manufactured in October 2009, so I know for sure it doesn't have the latest firmware on it.
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Actually, the most recent version of the firmware was from March 29, 2009, so it's very possible you have the most up-to-date-version. It's version 4.15r; you'll find it here.
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Actually, the most recent version of the firmware was from March 29, 2009, so it's very possible you have the most up-to-date-version. It's version 4.15r; you'll find it here.
But I am curious, can you do online firmware updates on the XBR8 as shown in the first part of this video:


Or the only way is to download it off the website and use a Memory Stick?
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I don't know if the online server that the TV connects to is still available, but I have no reason to think that it isn't; I'd highly doubt that they have a separate server for each model of TV. The only way to know is to try.

You don't need a memory stick to download the update, though - any USB thumb drive works. To me, that seems like the easiest option.
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Difficulty level – replacing FBU board?

Hi folks – I have a replacement Sony A-1564-792-A FBU board – and wondering if anyone has opened their TV and replaced one?

Degree of difficulty? Any tips?

Thanks!
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Hi folks – I have a replacement Sony A-1564-792-A FBU board – and wondering if anyone has opened their TV and replaced one?

Degree of difficulty? Any tips?

Thanks!
You probably gave up and replaced the board already, but just in case you haven't... The TV opens easily and all the boards are mounted cleanly with lots of room to work. I doubt you will have any (or had any) problems.
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Thanks GreenPJs!

I haven't opened the TV up yet since I discovered the vertical white lines go away when I change the picture to custom (vs std, vivid, etc). I'm guessing it has something to do with the way the HDMI signal processing is happening on the board. So currently I have the picture setting to custom - but waiting to see if the problem returns.

I thought about just opening the TV and replacing the board to fix the issue - but i will admit - i was a little nervous since I don't want to break anything.
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Does this TV "RGB Dynamic Range" AUTO setting properly detect RGB Range Full? Or does it automatically assume "limited" and gives you black crush as a result?

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My XBR8 46inch is still going strong! I've had it since 2010 and I haven't had any problems with it so far. I would like to upgrade to a 4K TV someday,but the XBR8 still holds up beautifully,that it just doesn't feel necessary yet.(plus I would have to upgrade my ancient Yamaha RX-V1800 receiver as well)
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Same with mine (also a 46 incher) - still astonishingly good dynamic range for a non-HDR set. Honestly, though, when I walk through a store and see the 4K HDR OLEDs, I kind of wish mine would die...
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My 55" still soldiers on doing sterling service. It is low hours as it only does service in my music room. Have a 46" Quantum Dot Triluminos doing daily duty in the lounge. The old XBR8 still produces a remarkably natural picture. I find some of the latest top 4K offerings look a little processed to my eye.
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