Yesterday I took delivery of my new KDL-46XBR8!
This TV is replacing a KDL-46XBR3.
The Bad News:
Unfortunately as I began to unpack the TV, I noticed a large number of serious scratches around the bezel, and a very small chip on the left lower side of the bezel. I am currently working with Sony Style to get this resolved.
The Good News:
I can immediately see an incredible difference over my XBR3, and am VERY happy with my investment!
Please keep in mind I have only had this set for 24 hours, so my experiences are limited. I currently have it hooked up to a Sony DA3200ES receiver, through which I have both a TiVo Series 3 (Cable Cards from Time Warner) and Playstation 3 connected.
It still amazes me how awful HD cable looks on these TVs on their default settings. Definitely scared me at first, but I remembered how much better my XBR3 looked with a little tweaking. After some tinkering, I immediately noticed that they grays of my XBR3 were gone, replaced with deep dark blacks on the XBR8. That alone was the selling point for me, and although I bought this TV sight unseen, I was confident they would be significantly better than the XBR3, and they are.
Let's look at a few pics!! My apologies for my poor camera work.In the BoxUnpacking the TVMore UnpackingInitial SetupFirst Experience: Baseball in HDMore Baseball, different angle
A small turnoff of this set is the depth. However, knowing where I was placing this TV, it wasn't an issue for me. But still, that's pretty deep for an LCD set from 2008. I'd love to know why the LED backlighting increases this depth. Any insights?XBR 8 Depth Shot
I tried a few HD programs I had on my TiVo Series 3, including a couple of stellar CBS broadcasts.Carrie Underwood DetailMore Carrie Underwood
I know it's nearly impossible to tell in camera shots, but the blacks are really black, and the detail and color are equally impressive. Unfortunately in that last shot you can see some of the scratches and "striations" across the top of the bezel.Star Wars Episode II from TiVoMore Star Wars Episode IIThe Vice Presidential Debates on CBS
It's really tough to see in camera shots, but the off angle viewing is very impressive, better than my previous XBR3.VP Debates Off-Angle
Here are a couple of Ratatouille BluRay shots, played from a PS3 via HDMI. Sorry, they aren't the best quality.Ratatouille BluRayMore Ratatouille BluRay
Overall, I really like the aesthetics of the set. I wasn't sure about the "ears" when I saw the promo shots, but in person I think they are great, don't stick out much, blend into the set, and because they extend the width of the set just a but, it adds a perceived wider cinematical value to the experience, if that makes any sense.
Anyway, I just wanted to get some pics up for you guys and provide a few insights. Tomorrow I'll be able to spend more time with it and will provide some PS3 gaming insights & pics, as well as explore the magical world of Standard Definition. I also have a lot more tweaking to do with the settings, and would love any suggestions on what you're using on similar sets. (Usually I prefer to turn most of the advanced settings off...)
Bring on the questions & requests, I'll do my best to respond. I hope some of the above is helpful in your purchase decisions!!