Originally Posted by Tele-TV
. You said you posted on some POSSIBLE issues. I just searched your user name and all three XBR8 threads and could not find what your talking about. Can you please point me (and others) in the right direction, where you posted this info? Seriously, thank-you for taking the time to pull away from your beautiful new TV.
Possible issues is what I meant. They are not issues, if they are only problems for me. An some "issues" are more important for others than for me.
Black is nearly the same as the black bezel, but not quite. It looks great to me; I have the dark gray wall behind my display illuminated. This improves the appearance of black. Shadow detail is exceptional. There are others in this thread for whom anything other than true black is not acceptable in a display. I have backlighting set to 1, not minimum, and leave the LED dimming set to STANDARD. I calibrated by eye using DVE, and I can set the contrast to maximum without clipping whites, but I leave it at 90 (out of the box). The brightness and backlighting were set to high out of the box (as expected) and I turned them down. However, using DVE and filters, by eye only, the reds and greens are further from accurate than I can achieve by eye with my XBR2. This is not a big deal to me. It could be a dealkiller for some videophiles.
With some Blu-ray and DVD titles, I have some AV dropouts during some playback and some menus. I suspect, but can not confirm, that this is an HDMI issue. I have obtained some better HDMI cables, but have not tried them yet. It could also be a hardware issue with my AVR or my BD player, but I did not have this problem with my XBR2 display.
Viewing angle was reported to be 45 degrees, but I think deterioration in black begins at about 25-30 degrees and gets severe at about 45 degrees.
Mounting hole positions was not a problem; it was merely a comment.
I have not posted anything objective, nor have I seen anything objective from owners. I have not posted pictures nor will I. Digital photos posted on the internet don't really add much.