In September 2004, the first news posted about a Sony 70" rear projection television capable of displaying 1080p appeared on the AVS forum. A news release from Cedia stated the model would be called a Sony KDS70XBR100 and sell for $10,000, with availability in early 2005. That television turned out to be the QUALIA 006 (Original MSRP $13,000), utilizing Sony proprietary technology labeled SXRD. A matching stand sold for $1,500. The entire QUALIA line of products was discontinued by Sony in early 2006. The latest reported manufacture date of a Q006 is January 2006.
There were two QUALIA boutiques, located inside Sony Style stores. One in New York and the other in Las Vegas. I placed my order with the QUALIA store in Las Vegas on 12/30/04 and received my Q006 on 1/7/05.Screen Shots:NFL screen shots
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courtesy of brt3.Reviews:Sound & Vision Magazine
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JoeC5 posted this
comparison between his newly purchased Q006 and Mitsubishi 65813.Picture Settings:
brt3 provides these settings
after tweaking with DVE (1080i) on his JVC 40000 over Input 4.
mauricef provides settings
from a Panasonic XP50 DVD player, which he verified were also excellent with a JVC DVHS player and HDTV from CableCard.
using a HTPC outputting a 1080i signal via a DVI to HDMI cable to the 006.
From Penton-Man, here are his settings
nhey had his set professionally calibrated and posted these results
The Qualia 006 Owner's Guide in pdf
Here is a link
to the Qualia 006 web page maintained by 006 owner brt3. This site contains photos, and a lot of other helpful information.
To view signal strength of a digital station you are receiving from an antenna connected to the 006, go to Menu, then Diagnostics, and while utilizing the antenna feed as source material you can view signal strength and frequency of the station as descibed here
If you do not own a digital camera that utilizes the memory stick format, you can still purchase a memory stick (and reader, if necessary) to copy photos from your computer onto the memory stick, for display on the 006. These are the instructions
You can order a Sony OEM XL5000 replacement bulb for between $239 and $299 from Better Lamps
, TV Lamps For Less
, Express Repair Center
. There is also a Sylvania Osram bulb
replacement that does not include the metal housing, but is rated at 6,000 hours for $189.
To check the hours on your bulb and/or to reset the hours, this is the Official Sony Protocol
Joe C5 provides these detailed directions
for resetting the lamp timer.
Here are Tulsa1's instructions
for carefully cleaning the glass plate adjacent to the bulb, which is known to accumulate a lot of dirt and dust, which may affect your picture more than you realize.
Qualia Customer Support: 877-QUALIA3