After the techs left, I was on the phone with Sony about audio output concern, which although stated in the 2 page owner's manual, bothered me:
"You can output audio signals to either the HDMI OUT 1 (for AUDIO VIDEO) jack or the
HDMI OUT 2 (for AUDIO) jack. Configure the output direction of the used jack using the 4K
application icon in the “Application” items of the TV home menu."
The X1 is in an enclosed cabinet under the television, unfortunately it's stylish round minimalist appearance wasted by being tucked out of site. I had seen a promo photo showing the X1 sitting off to the right side of the television, something completely unrealistic in most installations. The 4K on the top of the unit does not illuminate although in some doctored photographs it gives the impression it glows led blue.
The X1 responds quickly, starting with the "golden 4K" and accessing available titles, but I do see some lag-time when you get to your feature and the information bar has not fully populated. So on some selections (so far) it appears the FBI warnings and all that copyright stuff begins playing, and then disappears before the 0:00:00 counter retrieves info.
The picture is really WOW!, more on some titles than on others. The feature-ette material is real eye candy, some running a few minutes, others a bit longer, but it is truly showcase programming there to convince your friends you don't have to sit 4 feet from the screen and that they really can see a difference between this and their (sorry to be sarcastic, but you know me) Vizio.
Overall, it was a reasonable addition to bring the 4K tv purchase full circle. I don't know if I would say it's a piece of must have hardware, but Sony was making the offer and I, like many of you, threw my hat into the cash register.
As for overall in home service, I'd give it an A, quick, easy, sometimes worry-some, me like the mother hen doing the cable unplugging, steadying the top of the tv when they were removing the back and all that. I've gone through a few home service visits that had some ugly outcomes.
The circuit board appears to only affect HDMI 4 input, and if you had a 4K receiver, would be the input point for all devices coming out of your video switching control. I still like everything going to the TV via video cable, why waste such an impressive on-screen input menu like the XBR offers?
Edited by LeeSoFl - 7/15/13 at 4:09pm