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Hi all just bought my new sony xbr800b. curious anyone else have one yet? the left side of mine has a brownish hue to it and the bottom lfet you can really see the edge light coming through. anyone have that?
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Hi all just bought my new sony xbr800b. curious anyone else have one yet? the left side of mine has a brownish hue to it and the bottom lfet you can really see the edge light coming through. anyone have that?
You waste your money, I seen them in BB stores they look horrible for 4k tv.
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what do you think is better dont say samsung we tried three as we were samsung fans before 4k came out so if you think there is better in that price range please tell me what???
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what do you think is better dont say samsung we tried three as we were samsung fans before 4k came out so if you think there is better in that price range please tell me what???
again i have the XBR-65X800B
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what do you think is better dont say samsung we tried three as we were samsung fans before 4k came out so if you think there is better in that price range please tell me what???
You should get 850B or 900B.
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Agreed...even the top-end 1080p W950B would have been a better choice than a X800B, imo.
EDIT: Not to mention, that the black level issue shouldn't be AS bad as some might think...owning a Toshiba 32" TL515U, which I believe that lineup used LG panels, too, and the blacks seem to be under control. Can't see why the W950B would be any worse than those.

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Agreed...even the top-end 1080p W950B would have been a better choice than a X800B, imo.
EDIT: Not to mention, that the black level issue shouldn't be AS bad as some might think...owning a Toshiba 32" TL515U, which I believe that lineup used LG panels, too, and the blacks seem to be under control. Can't see why the W950B would be any worse than those.
The W950B is much better TV than X800B.
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The W950B is much better TV than X800B.
See? Thank you. Seems that the "in-between" model in the X800B doesn't necessarily have that "in-between" quality.

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Xbr 800b

I saw the model you bought at Best Buy while on a business trip. I though the 800B looked pretty darn good and I have a Samsung F8500 plasma at home. I though the Sony looked just as good as the Samsung F900 curved 4K TV on display. I was impressed by the black levels and dimming. I thought the TV might actually be fully array given what I saw in the store. The X950B was just above the X800B and the picture quality was not any better based on what I saw in Best Buy. Attached is a photo from my iPhone 4 which has a crappy camera which shows the black levels. I have not seen the X800B in a dark room setting, so I don't know if any light bleed or clouding would have been seen, but the black levels looked really good in the store. I was impressed enough with the TV that I though about getting it as a 2nd display for a bedroom. I think the silver bezel gives the TV a cool industrial design. I don't like that the TV is not 3D capable as I have a fair amount of 3D blurays.
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How can you judge black levels in a store? Of course you won't be able to tell the difference. The x800b is edge-lit and uses IPS panels. Expect the black level to be around .18 cd/m2 (terrible). I would look at the w700b, or if you really want 4k look at the vizio P series.
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Like UFO said, a store display under bright lighting is not really a place to judge black levels. The X800B pairs Sony's excellent XReality LSI with an average IPS panel and omits their Triluminos backlight tech.
That being said, it has a great design and is a good choice for a bright room. I'd look into a W700B for dark room viewing even though it isn't 4K.

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I saw the model you bought at Best Buy while on a business trip. I though the 800B looked pretty darn good and I have a Samsung F8500 plasma at home. I though the Sony looked just as good as the Samsung F900 curved 4K TV on display. I was impressed by the black levels and dimming. I thought the TV might actually be fully array given what I saw in the store. The X950B was just above the X800B and the picture quality was not any better based on what I saw in Best Buy. Attached is a photo from my iPhone 4 which has a crappy camera which shows the black levels. I have not seen the X800B in a dark room setting, so I don't know if any light bleed or clouding would have been seen, but the black levels looked really good in the store. I was impressed enough with the TV that I though about getting it as a 2nd display for a bedroom. I think the silver bezel gives the TV a cool industrial design. I don't like that the TV is not 3D capable as I have a fair amount of 3D blurays.
The 800B doesn't have local dimming (neither does the 850B). Both have 'frame dimming' which means that the set can adjust the intensity of the backlight for the entire panel at once, which pretty much every LCD can do.

The 950B has full array with local dimming, the 900B has edge lighting with local dimming. From what I've seen in store the 950B and 900B are close, but there's a huge gulf of difference between those two and the 850B/800B.

If this were a few years ago the 850 and 800 wouldn't even get the XBR branding. Sony used to reserve it only for their absolute top of the line products. They may be OK TVs, but there are better options for the money.
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