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post #5371 of 5435
Hi, I have an xbr8 and am missing the stand, I have looked and cant find it anywhere, any of you xbr8 owners not using yours due to it being wall mounted or if you are parting ways with the tv willing to sell me your stand? I would greatly appreciate it if you let me know thanks.
should i make a new thread on this or is that against the rules? just checking thanks
post #5372 of 5435
SOUND OPTIONS:

Hi if anyone could please help me with my curious question.

1. How well does voice zoom option work? Does it make the voice of the person kind of echoey like i find on my sound LCD option called sound enhancer . Your xbr 8's called sound booster and has 3 options for high , low, and off. My tv only has options for on and off. Sighs.

2. Can you use the voice zoom option when clear voice,option, and/or sound booster option is on?

3. How do you like to set tour TV SPEKER sound for general watching?

Thanks for your time , help, and opinions.

EDIT, I wish my tv had the option for voice zoom over the 3 diff sound booster option levels,, if I had to choose. : )
post #5373 of 5435
I would not use the sounds options, its all fake-ish and cheap sounding IMO. Connect a receiver/amp and get your sound that way, you will get a much better sound smile.gif

I did check out all soundoptions a while back and came up with a setting that sounds quasi neutral.
Sound Mode Standard

Treble MAX
Bass MAX
Balance 0
Auto Volume OFF
Surround OFF
Sound Booster OFF
Dual Sound Stereo

i do not use Voice Zoom, i can't tell you what that sounds like. I probably wouldn't like it..
post #5374 of 5435
Well folks, it's late August 2013 and I'm happy to report that both my 55" and 46" XBR8's (purchased Nov 2008) are still functioning fine without any of the screen problems some other users have reported in the past. I'm still on the original firmware that came with these sets....I didn't see a reason to upgrade to the newer firmware. I hope they make it without problems to at least the year 2018. By than 4k or 8k TV's should be much more affordable as a replacement. biggrin.gif
post #5375 of 5435
I'm still happy with my XBR8, which has been moved to the BR to make room for my 929, which is a step above the 8 series. Both are excellent sets.
post #5376 of 5435
love my 46xbr8. wish i had 55xbr8! Did someone say there is a way to upconvert to 4k on this set?
post #5377 of 5435
Speaking of firmware updates, is it something I should do? My 46" set has been running fine since I bought it years ago, but wonder about this as I have never once updated it. What did they update over the years?
post #5378 of 5435
The latest update is 3/29/2009 Version 4.15r.

You probably have it already.

I am not sure what it did.

You can verify by looking at http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=KDL46XBR8&template_id=1&region_id=1&tab=download#/downloadTab
post #5379 of 5435
Does anyone know if the optical digital audio output on the 55" XBR8 will pass Dolby Digital 5.1?
I know on some TV's the optical output can only pass stereo, so I want to check before buying anything.

Thanks!
post #5380 of 5435
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Originally Posted by zak88lx View Post

Does anyone know if the optical digital audio output on the 55" XBR8 will pass Dolby Digital 5.1?
I know on some TV's the optical output can only pass stereo, so I want to check before buying anything.

Thanks!

Yes, I use it that way. I have multiple HDMI inputs (DirecTV, TiVo) connected to the XBR8 and optical connected from the TV to a receiver. It works great.
post #5381 of 5435
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Originally Posted by zak88lx View Post

Does anyone know if the optical digital audio output on the 55" XBR8 will pass Dolby Digital 5.1?
I know on some TV's the optical output can only pass stereo, so I want to check before buying anything.

Thanks!

I have the 46XBR8 and am feeding optical out to my old Bose system through an optical converter.

I am happy with it on Dolby 5.1.
post #5382 of 5435
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Originally Posted by BillJulyan View Post

Yes, I use it that way. I have multiple HDMI inputs (DirecTV, TiVo) connected to the XBR8 and optical connected from the TV to a receiver. It works great.

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Originally Posted by Ennui View Post

I have the 46XBR8 and am feeding optical out to my old Bose system through an optical converter.

I am happy with it on Dolby 5.1.

That's great news guys!
Thanks to both of you for replying.
post #5383 of 5435
I am so sad to have to login and report here to say: my 4yr old 55XBR8 is showing the verticle lines on the screen frown.gif - i can still watch tv though just that the picture is not clear anymore -ill post a pic later tonight

is this an easy fix that i can open and repair or the whole lcd panel needs to be replaced? any advice? thanks
post #5384 of 5435
Its probably FBU board. First try A check HDMI cable, when it is a bit loose vertical lines can appear B Turn OFF DRC Mode and check if vertical lines are still there.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1071392/official-sony-xbr8-series-owners-thread/5340
post #5385 of 5435
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Originally Posted by electrofascist View Post

CNET's review was updated 3/13:
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sony-bravia-kdl-55xbr8/4505-6482_7-33060615.html?autoplay=true

XBR8 is a beast!

Anyone have an opinion as to why Cnet would update a review on the XBR8 when it cannot be purchased?eek.gifconfused.gif
post #5386 of 5435
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Originally Posted by gbaby View Post

Anyone have an opinion as to why Cnet would update a review on the XBR8 when it cannot be purchased?eek.gifconfused.gif

You would have to look at the original wording from 2008. They periodically go through and reword things to make more sense in today's marketplace. I bet the changes were very minor, but I don't have a copy of the old review so I can't be sure.
post #5387 of 5435
If you have vertical lines on the xbr8 it probably is the FBU board which doesn't seem to be available anywhere. Try going to picture adjustment and scrolling Down to the DRC mode and turning it off. It may help to get rid of the lines. The pic seems pretty good without the line doubling and may get you by for a while. You will need to do this for the different modes if you use standard, vivid, etc. it has helped us but now the sound sometimes fades in and out. This should work if your menus are still clear. If the lines are always there, even in the menus then it probably is something else. Try it! Good luck
post #5388 of 5435
Thanks to this thread I got the vertical line issue fixed with the DRC Off on all pictures modes. The problem was only on the HDMI inputs.
This is my second problem with the 55" XBR8, first problem was a defective panel, it was replaced under warranty.
I really hope it's going to stay healthy for a while. IT,s still giving me a better picture than the 50" EX in my bedroom.
post #5389 of 5435
Glad that it worked for you!

Mindy
post #5390 of 5435
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Originally Posted by TheBucketOfTruth View Post

Speaking of firmware updates, is it something I should do? My 46" set has been running fine since I bought it years ago, but wonder about this as I have never once updated it. What did they update over the years?
Not much on this set really. Note that even if you have the latest firmware, if you go to download an update with the TV itself it will actually download another "new" update. It's actually an update for the Z series at the time (Z5100 I think?). Anyway I have no idea why it does this but it will indeed download the update, however when it goes to install the update it comes back with an error message saying the update is not for this set, which it isn't lol. At least it doesn't install and brick your set. I dunno why it does that but it does! Therefore no point in using the set's built-in update feature. I'm surprised they never released an update to fix the updating engine, but I guess since no damage can occur (other than pointless data downloading), they never bothered.

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Originally Posted by zak88lx View Post

Does anyone know if the optical digital audio output on the 55" XBR8 will pass Dolby Digital 5.1?
I know on some TV's the optical output can only pass stereo, so I want to check before buying anything.

Thanks!
A little late but it's true that it can pass DD 5.1 input from HDMI out the optical output and this has been the case for nearly all Sony Bravia sets since 2008 and later I believe; however note that what it can't do is pass DTS that way (DTS is just blocked). I always though that made the optical pass through feature a bit useless.
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Originally Posted by mindy51 View Post

If you have vertical lines on the xbr8 it probably is the FBU board which doesn't seem to be available anywhere. Try going to picture adjustment and scrolling Down to the DRC mode and turning it off. It may help to get rid of the lines. The pic seems pretty good without the line doubling and may get you by for a while. You will need to do this for the different modes if you use standard, vivid, etc. it has helped us but now the sound sometimes fades in and out. This should work if your menus are still clear. If the lines are always there, even in the menus then it probably is something else. Try it! Good luck
Interesting note about that. I use my XBR8 very rarely and it hasn't developed any FBU issues *knocks on wood* but I'll keep that in mind. I do remember though that for HD sources I always had the DRC off while for standard cable input it was on. However the TV is hooked up to a cable box now so I think the DRC is always off. Interesting though...I'm guessing the processor that does the DRC is on the FBU board, and perhaps that is what is flaking out on the board?
post #5391 of 5435
Thanks mindy51! I just noticed the vertical lines on mine. Did anyone get Sony to fix it? Has Sony admitted that this is a widespread problem?
post #5392 of 5435
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Originally Posted by IMRIZZO View Post

I'm still happy with my XBR8, which has been moved to the BR to make room for my 929, which is a step above the 8 series. Both are excellent sets.

Man. I must be remembering this set as far more legendary than it actually is. I have asked a few times in the Sharp Elite thread if anyone had ever done a comparison to the XBR8 thinking that the XBR8 was akin to the Kuro (and from the same year) in its ability to be unsurpassed by anything that came after due to the tri-luminos LED technology.

But if the 929 (which I never found all that impressive, but agree was one of the better FALD sets) can outperform the XBR8, perhaps that is not the case anymore. I've noticed that unlike the Kuros in the plasma forum, the XBR8 has long since fallen out of constant reference in the LCD thread. I had planned to add to my 141FD Kuro (recently found in FL) one of these just for the cool-factor of having one of the best LED panels, but it seems another 60X5FD may be a better choice somewhere down the road. I had one and returned it due to skin tone problems, but otherwise the Sharp Elite was the best LCD I had ever witnessed, and I'm not generally an LED/LCD fan. I think the Sharp's secret sauce was the outright number of dimming zones that kept blooming to a minimum.
post #5393 of 5435
I have an XBR8 that I put on ice after watching for less than a year because I didn't want to wear it out watching crap on it- it's in my closet with plastic drop cover waiting to be taken out of hibernation! I am taking a stab at a 70" Sharp Elite and if it doesn't work out I will move the XBR8 back into this particular system. At one time I was willing to part with it but no one wants to pay anything for it so I'll just take it to the grave along with the rest of my treasures-
post #5394 of 5435
Was watching The Blacklist last night and this happened to my KDL-46XBR8.

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It happens on the component and HDMI inputs but not the PC VGA input. Turning off DRC fixes so it's the now rare FBU board that's toast. I still have a year left on my extended warranty so with the FBU board being no longer manufactured I am assuming they will replace the TV. Ideally, they would replace it with another XBR TV but I'm not holding my breath.

I really like this set. Too bad Sony couldn't have built a more reliable Xbr.
Edited by PureHazard - 1/28/14 at 11:08pm
post #5395 of 5435
Just took my 55XBR8 out of hibernation and holy crap what a good picture this thing has! Just been watching OTA stuff and the blacks and colors are so damned good- I can't believe this set was made in 2008 and there is virtually nothing out right now that looks better. Does Sony have any full array local dimming sets out right now that use Triluminous? Triluminous is the bomb regarding color for sure-
post #5396 of 5435
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parrish View Post

Just took my 55XBR8 out of hibernation and holy crap what a good picture this thing has! Just been watching OTA stuff and the blacks and colors are so damned good- I can't believe this set was made in 2008 and there is virtually nothing out right now that looks better. Does Sony have any full array local dimming sets out right now that use Triluminous? Triluminous is the bomb regarding color for sure-

I'm still using mine! The 2014 Sony X950B series will have FALD Triluminos, but it's unclear what the "Triluminos" implementation will be (QD film/RGB LED), and the series is 4k only.

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sony-xbr-65x950b/4505-6482_7-35833834.html
post #5397 of 5435
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Originally Posted by rgb32 View Post

I'm still using mine! The 2014 Sony X950B series will have FALD Triluminos, but it's unclear what the "Triluminos" implementation will be (QD film/RGB LED), and the series is 4k only.

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sony-xbr-65x950b/4505-6482_7-35833834.html

Any idea how many hours you have on yours after using it all this time?!? I hope the longevity on mine is good- my guess is that I have less than 2000 hours on mine- sony has a curved set out right now that has triluminous in it's edge lighting but I haven't found any fald with triluminous-
post #5398 of 5435
I purchased a KDL-46XBR8 in 2008 and the TV has been rock solid until a about a month ago when I started to notice 'short horizontal lines' (about 5 inches in length) on the screen. At first there were only a two lines evenly spaced at the top of the screen. However, now I count 8 short horizontal lines on different rows. I've noticed that they show up in pairs on the x axis (horizontal axis) of the screen, evenly spaced. I've tried to switch around both my dvr box and my Apple TV to different HDMI ports to no effect. Changing any of the picture settings also does not have an effect. Does anyone know what the diagnosis is and if this problem is fixable or not. Thanks.
post #5399 of 5435
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Originally Posted by Parrish View Post

Any idea how many hours you have on yours after using it all this time?!? I hope the longevity on mine is good- my guess is that I have less than 2000 hours on mine- sony has a curved set out right now that has triluminous in it's edge lighting but I haven't found any fald with triluminous-

Here is the status report for my 55" XBR8:


The XBR8 has been my primary TV since July 2009. In game mode I only have the backlight set to 2, and set to 4 with motion flow set to clear for cable box usage. The difference between panel hours and operational hours was within an hour or two when I purchased the XBR8. I've noticed the TV will turn itself on ever once and a while without turning on the panel (as evidenced by a relay click noise).

I wish Sony had included a game mode impulse motion flow setting as found on newer models! smile.gif
Edited by rgb32 - 2/3/14 at 7:55pm
post #5400 of 5435
Man- the upcoming Sony XBR-X950B looks really fantastic- just what I would want in a 4k hdtv: FALD, Triluminous LEDs, and 4k future proof is icing. The only problem for me would be having to settle for the 65" since I already know that I can't shell out the dough for the 85"- hell even the 65 " will likely be $10k or so- to me though that is the one to look out for this spring- any idea of release date?
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