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Old 03-05-2015, 02:40 PM
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Any place to download the firmware other than Sony? I think my dad fried his plugging in a chromecast today.
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Used Prices Puzzle

Hello fellow KDLXBR owners.

I have had my KDL52XBR5 since 2008 and it still works great. I recently looked into selling it and was shocked at the demand and prices these sets are fetching for a 7 year old TV. Is it just me or is this unusual?

I've seen these snapped right up at $600 or so with no sitting time. I figured with the advancement in panel tech and dropping prices for TVs in general, that the going price for it would be a lot less. Does this model have some sort of cultish following or something?

I also noticed far less demand and sales prices for the proceeding models, like the KDLXBR6+ (they did away with the floating glass design). Perhaps the design and look has something to do with it? I must admit that it is a great looking TV just sitting there powered off. I've not see a better looking design since. I've since upgraded to 4k Samsung TVs and have no real need for it. I do have a sort of nostalgic attachment to it and seeing this odd bit of demand for it makes me want to hold onto it for myself, even though that makes no logical sense.
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I have the 40 inch XBR4 and mine is going strong still too! The only thing I've noticed is a bit of a dark/reddish trail that rears it's head during hockey games at times. Messing with picture settings will generally alleviate it for the most part.

Regarding the value - I had a tech in my house when they had a recall on one of the components that could start a fire. He took the tv apart and did the test while talking about the quality of this particular model the whole time. He said the Standard Def converter in this TV is crazy high quality and expensive - and TV makers don't use the same converter any more as there really is no need - I think ours is the last model to use it. I have compared watching laserdiscs on this TV vs a newer model and the older one wins hands down to my eyes. This is all what the tech told me so I'm passing the info on second hand - but maybe that offers some insight to the value. I wasn't aware they were fetching good coin still. Good to hear. It's a great looking set and I hope mine lasts!


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Hello fellow KDLXBR owners.

I have had my KDL52XBR5 since 2008 and it still works great. I recently looked into selling it and was shocked at the demand and prices these sets are fetching for a 7 year old TV. Is it just me or is this unusual?

I've seen these snapped right up at $600 or so with no sitting time. I figured with the advancement in panel tech and dropping prices for TVs in general, that the going price for it would be a lot less. Does this model have some sort of cultish following or something?

I also noticed far less demand and sales prices for the proceeding models, like the KDLXBR6+ (they did away with the floating glass design). Perhaps the design and look has something to do with it? I must admit that it is a great looking TV just sitting there powered off. I've not see a better looking design since. I've since upgraded to 4k Samsung TVs and have no real need for it. I do have a sort of nostalgic attachment to it and seeing this odd bit of demand for it makes me want to hold onto it for myself, even though that makes no logical sense.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bullet94

Thanks, but it is a 46". I wonder if the screws are the same for your 52". If you could figure out the size/diameter of the screws (the ones that hold the tv to the base) it would be much appreciated.

Two pics, one of 52" stand for comparison, one closeup of screw. The screw is metric, namely an M5 x 0.8mm pitch. The good thing is that if this isn't available, a 10x32 is a good replacement. Just a little smaller in diameter so it will be a tiny bit looser, but you'd still get good thread engagement.
Other dimensions:
#1 phillips pan head - probably not important you could use any available head
overall length 5/8"
both a split ring and flat washer
effective thread length 3/8"

Hope this helps.

For anyone looking for these (like me) they are the M5x16
Sony part # 2-580-608-01
That will get you the screw + washers.

Sony 2-580-608-01 Screw +Psw M5x16

Edit: I went to Home Depot and picked up the pan head M5x16 stainless screws and matching stainless flat and split washers all for for $3. Fits perfect. Need to search for a larger outer diameter washer to look more like the Sony combo but this setup works.

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I got an email today reminding me about the 2011 safety issue with the 40" Bravia TVs. It said if the TV was already inspected there was no need to do it again, but I couldn't remember if I had done it or not. I had to go back and check this thread to see that, yes, I had done it.

I have no idea why they are sending out a reminder 5 years later. Here's the email:

https://esupport.sony.com/perl/news-...=1&region_id=1
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Wow, so I have a 46" XBR4 which has been sitting in my living room unused for the last 2 years.

Shortly after powering on, the screen will begin to flicker black until it's completely black rendering it unusable. Audio still plays fine and this is on every input.

On a whim, I emailed Sony support yesterday and they responded with some canned troubleshooting steps. I did the factory reset, and amazingly it fixed my problem. Merry Christmas!
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Wow, so I have a 46" XBR4 which has been sitting in my living room unused for the last 2 years.

Shortly after powering on, the screen will begin to flicker black until it's completely black rendering it unusable. Audio still plays fine and this is on every input.

On a whim, I emailed Sony support yesterday and they responded with some canned troubleshooting steps. I did the factory reset, and amazingly it fixed my problem. Merry Christmas!
Great new and great to know Sony was still in the game on that. Mine is in my bedroom and gets almost daily evening use and still keeps ticking.

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Press and hold the up arrow button on the remote control. ...
While holding the up arrow button, press and release the Power on button on the side of the TV. ...
Release the up arrow button on the remote control and wait for the TV to reset.
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So oddly enough, after beginning calibration again, my XBR4 started exhibited the same flickering into blackout issues. I factory reset it again, and settled on a fairly basic calibration (no advanced or white balance). It has been solid since so it looks like it's related to changing white balance settings.
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This may be the wrong Forum to ask...

I have a KDL52XBR4 that I bought in early '06 and its still working great.
I've been thinking about getting a ROKU or something like it but unsure if the Sony's HDMI inputs will have any issues. Thinking about the Ultra. Can't find any info on the HDMI spec.

I believe it can be set to 1080p and should work directly into the Sony.

Or Hook it to my Onkyo TX-NR809 then to the Sony, Its HDMI 1.4

Thanks.
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This may be the wrong Forum to ask...

I have a KDL52XBR4 that I bought in early '06 and its still working great.
I've been thinking about getting a ROKU or something like it but unsure if the Sony's HDMI inputs will have any issues. Thinking about the Ultra. Can't find any info on the HDMI spec.

I believe it can be set to 1080p and should work directly into the Sony.

Or Hook it to my Onkyo TX-NR809 then to the Sony, Its HDMI 1.4

Thanks.
I have Roku 2XS, or something, on my 46 and it works fine...
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I have Roku 2XS, or something, on my 46 and it works fine...
Thanks,

I should also add that we get our internet wirelessly so right now my download speeds:
Ping is 80ms
Dn load is 6 Mpbs
Upload is 1 Mbps

Not sure how that will affect using a Roku?
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Thanks,

I should also add that we get our internet wirelessly so right now my download speeds:
Ping is 80ms
Dn load is 6 Mpbs
Upload is 1 Mbps

Not sure how that will affect using a Roku?
That would be ugly with that download speed.

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So oddly enough, after beginning calibration again, my XBR4 started exhibited the same flickering into blackout issues. I factory reset it again, and settled on a fairly basic calibration (no advanced or white balance). It has been solid since so it looks like it's related to changing white balance settings.
I spoke too soon. After 30 minutes or so, the same flickering -> blackout issue occurred. I ended up buying a replacement T-CON board off eBay for $9 and swapped out the original yesterday. 6 hours of use in and no more flickering/blackout.
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