50/60" XBR1 KDS50XBR1 & KDS60XBR1
60/70" XBR2 KDS60XBR2 & KDS70XBR2
50/55/60" A2000 KDS50A2000, KDS55A2000, & KDS60A2000
Qualia 006 (70" SXRD)
***Owner's Tweaks Threads:***
***SXRD Rumors Threads***
2006 SXRD speculation Thread:
70" non-qualia Rumors Thread:
Post XBR1 SXRD Rumors Thread:
Original (post Qualia) SXRD Rumor thread:
***Gaming with the SXRD***
PlayStation3 and the 50/60 XBR1 thread:
Best 2006 1080p ~60" TV for Console Video Games (SXRD Game Mode)
Green Blob at startup poll:
50" Green Blob common?
umr on the "green blob":
What I am saying is that the green blob issue is blown WAY out of proportion. I have not seen a green blob "issue" as generally described in this thread with these sets. Color uniformity problems exist with all technologies except DLP. If you want a perfectly uniform display buy DLP. However, SXRD is a perfectly viable display technology. It is just not perfect like every other product on the market.
SXRD has color uniformity issues because it uses polarizers. All polarizer based displays will have some uniformity issues because polarizer alignment is not perfect. Some shift in colors may also occur because of small movements in the polarizer as the display warms up.
Plasma, LCD and CRT displays also have color uniformity problems that appear very similar to SXRD in practice.
and just a bit further down:
A green blob in the middle can be calibrated out of the set.
Certainly. If it is truly green it is not D65. That is the point. The color error can be shifted around the display or to another color.
Dr Raymond Soneira on the "Green Blob Effect"
Also a cute name… The term was coined to describe a temperature and time-dependent color and intensity non-uniformity noticed in some Sony SXRD (LCoS) HDTVs. This effect appears to some degree in every monitor and projector of every make and model, and in every type of display technology. It does appear to be more of an issue with these Sonys. I’ll also explain why it’s more likely to be seen as a green or purple effect.
All monitors and projectors take at least half an hour to reach an equilibrium temperature from a “cold start.” I never adjust, test, or evaluate displays unless they have warmed up for at least an hour. The best manufacturers will wait to align and calibrate their units at the factory until after the units have gone through an initial “break-in” period and also reached an equilibrium temperature with the cabinet fully assembled and closed. Some manufacturers may calibrate at 50% warm-up in order to minimize the peak deviation, which minimizes the likelihood that people will notice the effect, but you’ll get the best long-term picture quality if it’s done at 100% warm-up. This appears to be what Sony is doing (to their credit).
One member's solution:
Sony Corporate phone number is not listed. Its 1-858-942-2400. You'll need
to ask to speak to someone in the National Customer Relations department.
This is apparently the same place you end up at after being escalated from
tech support level 2.
P.S. Here is what I got from Sony about the OBs...
The earlier production were using the following part numbers:
A-1148-155-A (50? set)
A-1127-174-A (60? set)
The later production uses the following optical block part numbers.
A-1168-495-A (50? set)
A-1168-494-A (60? set)
XBR1 Deinterlacing: Does the XBR1 "bob & weave?"
SXRD Versus Plasma:
XBR1 Model/Chassis code and Date:
Chassis model number, place, and date of manufacture are on a sticker on the back of the set.
XBR1 Base Dimensions:
I measured 37" across, left to right, from the front, 27" across on the
back, with 18" in between the front and rear center points. The current
stand I have is maybe 40 in the front, 30 in the back and 20 deep, so the
XBR1 fits perfect - and in fact enhances the "floating effect" that the
chassis/speakers give the screen itself.
Be VERY CAREFUL in the Service Menu. Enter at your own Risk!
[DISPLAY] +  + [VOL+] + [POWER]
check hours on lamp:
Starting with TV turned on - press Power, Display, 5, Vol+, Power.
That will get you into the SM.
Press Jump three times to get you to the 3rd menu area ("PANEL NVM OK").
Press 2 or 5 a bunch of times to get to category 20 TIMER. You should see
something like 0 LMP 100, which I think means you have used 100 hours on the
1 and 4 change sub-categories in the menu. Moves up and down options.
2 and 5 change sections
jump key switches between different menu systems
Mute then Enter commits any changed values. Be careful with this.
Press Power to exit the SM and turn the TV off.
0 then enter reverts to previous settings (couple seconds, screen may go
also known as:
UHP 100W 120W Lamp
Manufacturer: Philips Lighting
Max Lamp Power: 120 Watts
Max Lamp Current: 2.0 Amps
Max Lamp Operating Voltage: 65 Volts
Ignition Voltage: 5 KV
Bulb Finish: Hard Dichroic Cold Mirror
Bulb Type: PAR-22 Borosilicate with front glass
Reflector Size: Square 65x70mm
Arc Gap: 1.0 mm
Electrodes: Solid tungsten
Luminous Flux: 6000 lm at 100W
7000 lm at 120W
Luminous Efficacy: 58 lm/W
Colour Temperature & CRI: CCT : 7600K CRI : Ra 57
Chromaticity Co-ordinates: CCx : 0.298 CCy : 0.311
Rated Life: 8000 hours at 100 W
6000 hours at 120 W
Factory: Turnhout, Belgium
Most projectors of today use Ultra High Pressure (UHP) lamps invented by
Philips. These use an arc in a pure mercury vapor under high pressure.
UHP lamps operate at pressures above 200 atmospheres or 3,000 pounds per
A 100 watt UHP lamp in a projector can deliver more light to the screen than
a 250 watt metal halide lamp.
Ultimate AV: 60XBR1 review
The Skinny: The XBR designation means you're getting everything in the Sony arsenal in a given TV- all the performance and bells and whistles they've got. In many significant respects this SXRD-based Sony XBR is a standard setter. The blacks are so deep and rich that subjectively they reminded us the CRTs of yesteryear; this is far beyond what we typically see from microdisplays. Although greens have just a twist of lime, the color palette was saturated but mostly natural, and since there's no color wheel there are no rainbows. While some grain on the screen materials are apparent and you'll occasionally see a smidge of noise, HD images on this TV were loaded with the kind of hypnotizing detail that only 1080p can produce. We're talking major wow factor here, folks!
Sound & Vision: 50XBR1 review
CNET: 60XBR1 review
A CRT Zealot's Review
Ultimate AV: 60XBR2 review
If you don't mind spending the cash (and this is certainly no bargain basement set), in my opinion money can't buy you a better RPTV than the Sony KDS-R60XBR2. While this review is of the 60" version, my personal experiences with larger 70" model have been at least as positive. Other sets can match it in some aspects of picture quality, and even better it in color accuracy. And most of them are much cheaper. But no other set I've seen this year can match this picture overall, once it's calibrated and adjusted properly.
umr on the XBR2:
Jolly good effort, Garman!
XBR2 Tweaks Thread:
I'm being very careful to include a link to the official Green Blob poll thread and direct problem users there. Otherwise we can Report trolling posts to the mods for anyone trolling our thread.
Also, this may be a good place to remind people that the A2000 and XBR2 can receive 1080p via HDMI whereas the XBR1 cannot.
I'm also going to PM Bombthroat with this for the 1st Page of the original Owner's Thread.
Maybe you want to edit and place in the original post a big bold disclaimer on where to go for uniformity issues, Garman?
As far as looking at your own calibrations, use the AVIA Disc or VE and there are others by ISF that do a great job. Trying to use the black screen with the logo up in the left corner isn't a good idea, and the memory stick check isn't good either. Best bet to see if the set has any issues, or to tweak your set to start out with is one of these DVD's...
Also added some reviews: ultimate av mag's for now.
Let the awe and mystery of a journey unlike any other begin
After everyone is bored with tweaking and would like to see what the pros can do............................
Umr- technically competent along with alot of experience with Sony displays. He also demonstrates an important intangible that few people are aware of..an excellent relationship with the Sony factory, which can be esp. helpful in attaining the best possible PQ for his clients.
Umr - e-mail him for details
Tony Grimani - makes regular trips down to SoCal from up north. (NOT cheap!) If people don't recognize the name, I can hunt up a link upon request.
"The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests. And cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed!"
Upscales to 1080 and deinterlaces to progressive.
1) Added Blue bold color to differentiate the title sections with subsections in normal color bold
2)Expanded the uniformity issues section with comments from umr and Dr. Raymond Soneira (of the infamous Extremetech LCoS shootout fame) on the Green Blob, with citations.
3) Added the Sound & Vision review.
1) The archived thread regarding XBR1 deinterlacing "bob & weave"
2) Added a "CRT zealot's" review of the XBR1
3) CNET reviews of the 60XBR1 and 60XBR2
4) umr's evaluation of the XBR2 after calibrating a 70"
thanks Uxi, but just to be clear, it takes a 720p input (which is not interlaced), interlaces AND scales that to 1080i, & then deinterlaces that to 1080p? if so, that's as screwy as that new Sammy HD-DVD player which takes a 1080p disc, converts to 1080i, & back to 1080p output. guess as long as it looks good...
XBR1 Deinterlacing: Does the XBR1 "bob & weave?"
IIRC deinterlacing only happens once. We do know that the XBR1 deinterlaces properly and passes on the various test patterns, so if it's doing it multiple times, it's not "hurting" anything. I added a link to a good discussion on the XBR1's deinterlacing before above under "Various" but here it is again:
XBR1 Deinterlacing: Does the XBR1 "bob & weave?"
what I'm trying to get at is that a 720p input shouldn't have to be deinterlaced at all to arrive at 1080p - just simply scaled. I know the XBR1 won't take a 1080p input, but that should only be about the HDMI version & copyright stuff where the input is 1080p; not scaling, interlacing & deinterlacing a progressive input such as 720p or 480p. then again, this all could involve the pulldown & frame rates, which I'm still trying to grasp.
thanks much for the link. I'll check it out.