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Just got my new 50" April build SXRD and it looks spectacular. It actually looks much better than I expected based on the B&M versions I've seen recently. In particular, the SD looks better than I thought it would. I've checked gray screens etc. for color issues and have seen none.
post #11882 of 23983
Bought the 50" model a few weeks ago and LOVE it. It's just an amazing tv with unbelievable picture. In just reading a few posts I came across those mentioning the SSE effect. I wanted to see what everyone was talking about and got really close to the TV. I saw it, and it doesn't bother me.

However, what I discovered were a few - maybe 4 or 5 - small black (some are blue-ish) specs on the screen - resembling what would be dead pixels on an LCD. Now, they only are easily viewable when the background is lighter, but now that I know they are there they are driving me nuts. I can't say I can EASILY see them from many feet away, but, again, it's the fact that I know they are there. Anyone else have this issue - and what did you end up doing about it? I have the 4 year warranty from Circuit City and have thought about calling them. Are there such things as dead pixels on these beasts, or could it just be dust specs on the inside the screen? Any advice appreciated!!
post #11883 of 23983
Forgive me if this has been answered before, but I have not seen anything in this thread regarding it:

I have my SXRD set hooked up to a Dish Network 622 receive that can output 720p and 1080i. Since the SXRD upconverts to 1080p would I be better off setting my output on the receiver to 720p or 1080i?

I have tried both and I can't see a difference in picture quality but I'm wondering if the SXRD has to do more work with either mode.
post #11884 of 23983
I bought a 50" SXRD from CC back in 3/06 (2/06 build date)and paid for a three year warranty and then saw mention of the green blob phenomenon somewhere in the AVS forum shortly after that. I could see no hint of the blob's presence then so I've thought I had luckily dodged the bullit.....but then a few weeks ago I did a double take and could clearly see most of the screen has the green blob....but within a few minutes after turning on the TV it would be gone. Today I could clearly see the blob for 5 to 10 minutes after turning the TV on and then I couldn't see it. I've jumped around this "official" thread trying to find out if this problem is going to get worse and what I should do about it but I haven't been able to get a clear idea from randomly jumping around 400 pages of this thread for a couple hours. I'd appreciate some kind soul to take pity on me and summarize what my situation may be. Is this problem likely to get worse? Is there a fix for it? Should I be asking CC for a repair or an exchange for a newer set or be asking for a refund? Thanks for any opions/knowledge you can offer.

VR
post #11885 of 23983
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Originally Posted by kbdrand View Post

Forgive me if this has been answered before, but I have not seen anything in this thread regarding it:

I have my SXRD set hooked up to a Dish Network 622 receive that can output 720p and 1080i. Since the SXRD upconverts to 1080p would I be better off setting my output on the receiver to 720p or 1080i?

I have tried both and I can't see a difference in picture quality but I'm wondering if the SXRD has to do more work with either mode.

I would either use "pass thru" if dish has this or 1080i.
post #11886 of 23983
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Originally Posted by audiomixer View Post

And Sony treated me like a king!!! However, I do work for a major television network in Los Angeles. And there my friends...IS THE RUB!

OMG!! IT'S PAUL MOYER!!!!
post #11887 of 23983
Just purchased a new 60" SXRD. No green blobs or purple blacks. I do have one issue that I have not seen on this thread (have read most but not all of this extra long thread). When watching programing in a 4 x 3 mode, I have the side bars set to black, on the right side there is a 1/4 to 3/8 inch band between the picture and the black band where the picture is distorted. On the left side, there is a solid band of color depending on the screen color. If there is a blue screen, there is a 1/8" green strip between the picture and the black band.

Has anyone experienced this. Is it fixable? I am still within the 30 day return period and would like to return unless it is an easy fix.
post #11888 of 23983
Been wanting one of these sets since they came out...but hate the look of the dumbo ears. And now the '06s are in the same cabinet yet agin! I know some like it though.

For those of you that disliked it, but bought anyway...do you find yourself noticing them still, in a darkened room? My fear is that since they're silver, that with the lights dimmed for viewing, they's still have a presence in the room (like an 800 lb gorilla...or a 4 ton elephant!).

When friends used to comment on the "black bars" on my 4:3 screen, I told them, "focus on the picture that's there, and you won't even notice the black bars". Do you ever have that ability to "tune" the ears out of your vision, once you get immersed in what's on the screen? Or is it a constant reminder of how silly it is to design a TV cabinet with big silver "handles"? (again, directed at those that dislike the ears...I know some like the "floating" screen effect they are reported to promote)_
post #11889 of 23983
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Originally Posted by keend View Post

Just purchased a new 60" SXRD. No green blobs or purple blacks. I do have one issue that I have not seen on this thread (have read most but not all of this extra long thread). When watching programing in a 4 x 3 mode, I have the side bars set to black, on the right side there is a 1/4 to 3/8 inch band between the picture and the black band where the picture is distorted. On the left side, there is a solid band of color depending on the screen color. If there is a blue screen, there is a 1/8" green strip between the picture and the black band.

Has anyone experienced this. Is it fixable? I am still within the 30 day return period and would like to return unless it is an easy fix.

If this is with all sources, and not something from your provider, I would return it immediately. This is not normal.
post #11890 of 23983
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Originally Posted by blackjackmark View Post

... Do you ever have that ability to "tune" the ears out of your vision, once you get immersed in what's on the screen? Or is it a constant reminder of how silly it is to design a TV cabinet with big silver "handles"? ..._

Now that you mention it, no they never go away. Not only the ears, but the 2" silver border under the screen. Then again we always have a light on in the room.
I'm always reminded that I'm watching TV... whereas with our ancient Tosh 50H81, with a dark grey 1" border around the screen, it was easier to become immersed in the program.
Once the warranty is expired I might have to break out the black spray paint.
post #11891 of 23983
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Originally Posted by blackjackmark View Post

Been wanting one of these sets since they came out...but hate the look of the dumbo ears. And now the '06s are in the same cabinet yet agin! I know some like it though.

For those of you that disliked it, but bought anyway...do you find yourself noticing them still, in a darkened room? My fear is that since they're silver, that with the lights dimmed for viewing, they's still have a presence in the room (like an 800 lb gorilla...or a 4 ton elephant!).

When friends used to comment on the "black bars" on my 4:3 screen, I told them, "focus on the picture that's there, and you won't even notice the black bars". Do you ever have that ability to "tune" the ears out of your vision, once you get immersed in what's on the screen? Or is it a constant reminder of how silly it is to design a TV cabinet with big silver "handles"? (again, directed at those that dislike the ears...I know some like the "floating" screen effect they are reported to promote)_

They just don't bother me. No one who has looked at my set has made any comment about them. I am focusing on the screen and picture and don't notice them, normally. When I do ask myself about them or come across a thread about them, I just think of them as a nice "frame" for the screen and picture.

Bottom line....there are, and were, a non-issue for me.
post #11892 of 23983
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Originally Posted by JasonColeman View Post

So a quick update...we had our September SXRD swapped out for a May SXRD this afternoon, and the results are spectacular! No more purple-blacks at all. After viewing the May-build TV in Jesus's shop yesterday and then watching our TV last night, it was a no-brainer. Our set was Barney's arsehole through and through. The new set is right on, though it needs some tweaking and deserves a professional calibration (maybe a Father's Day gift?). Overall, we're very pleased.

J.

Jason or someone else out there, please help a new owner out with a few questions........

#1 Where do I look to find out the build date of my new 60 XBR1 ??
#2 I seem to have a golf ball size area on my screen that is a greyish color is this the blob issue that people are refereing to ?? If so any suggestions on what I do next.
#3 Just for the record, I haven't had much time to really view the set with different program sources but for the hour or 2 that I did watching Numbers feed through my Comcast HD cable the picture was OUTSTANDING. Even my wife commented 2 or 3 times about how 3 D and real it looked. And belive me it takes a lot for her to find value in my home theater equipment.
post #11893 of 23983
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Originally Posted by John 61 View Post

Jason or someone else out there, please help a new owner out with a few questions........

#1 Where do I look to find out the build date of my new 60 XBR1 ??
#2 I seem to have a golf ball size area on my screen that is a greyish color is this the blob issue that people are refereing to ?? If so any suggestions on what I do next.
#3 Just for the record, I haven't had much time to really view the set with different program sources but for the hour or 2 that I did watching Numbers feed through my Comcast HD cable the picture was OUTSTANDING. Even my wife commented 2 or 3 times about how 3 D and real it looked. And belive me it takes a lot for her to find value in my home theater equipment.

#1 - Look at the back of the TV around the bottom center section. There is a sticker telling when it was made. My newly delivered set is a May 2006 and looks fantastic.
post #11894 of 23983
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Originally Posted by 2fast4u View Post

I bought a 50" SXRD from CC back in 3/06 (2/06 build date)and paid for a three year warranty and then saw mention of the green blob phenomenon somewhere in the AVS forum shortly after that. I could see no hint of the blob's presence then so I've thought I had luckily dodged the bullit.....but then a few weeks ago I did a double take and could clearly see most of the screen has the green blob....but within a few minutes after turning on the TV it would be gone. Today I could clearly see the blob for 5 to 10 minutes after turning the TV on and then I couldn't see it. I've jumped around this "official" thread trying to find out if this problem is going to get worse and what I should do about it but I haven't been able to get a clear idea from randomly jumping around 400 pages of this thread for a couple hours. I'd appreciate some kind soul to take pity on me and summarize what my situation may be. Is this problem likely to get worse? Is there a fix for it? Should I be asking CC for a repair or an exchange for a newer set or be asking for a refund? Thanks for any opions/knowledge you can offer.

VR

My first set had the green blob effect ...a roundish stain that Never diminished in size or intensity. It would produce green snow during a the recent winter olympics. The next had a tuner problem. The third and current set did not have any green blob at all...none, But, a month later I noticed that when the set was first powered up the screen was stained green (about 60% of screen). This would dissipate entirely within 10 - 20 minutes...sometimes less.
The set has been like that ever since it was delivered in December (a Nov. build).
I did read in an article about this SXRD technology that this is pretty normal for these SXRD sets. So I would keep an eye on it, but it sounds like your set is normal. Enjoy it !
post #11895 of 23983
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Originally Posted by blackjackmark View Post

Been wanting one of these sets since they came out...but hate the look of the dumbo ears. And now the '06s are in the same cabinet yet agin! I know some like it though.

For those of you that disliked it, but bought anyway...do you find yourself noticing them still, in a darkened room? My fear is that since they're silver, that with the lights dimmed for viewing, they's still have a presence in the room (like an 800 lb gorilla...or a 4 ton elephant!).


never notice them after the lights are off. hardly notice them with the lights on...
post #11896 of 23983
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Originally Posted by TMV View Post

My first set had the green blob effect ...a roundish stain that Never diminished in size or intensity. It would produce green snow during a the recent winter olympics. The next had a tuner problem. The third and current set did not have any green blob at all...none, But, a month later I noticed that when the set was first powered up the screen was stained green (about 60% of screen). This would dissipate entirely within 10 - 20 minutes...sometimes less.
The set has been like that ever since it was delivered in December (a Nov. build).
I did read in an article about this SXRD technology that this is pretty normal for these SXRD sets. So I would keep an eye on it, but it sounds like your set is normal. Enjoy it !

TMV, thanks for your reply. That's encouraging, so I won't panic. Glad that I got the extended warranty just in case this green thing becomes a real problem. But so far, like your situation, I typically only see it when first turning on the set and the gray background is showing. The other day I could see the green blob for an extended period of time when "Hell In The Pacific" was playing when I first turned on the set and the lengthy scene was almost entirely the blue Pacific ocean covered with a clearly visable green blob in the center. It gradually went away after several minutes. Speaking of Pacific, I see you live in San Diego, I lived there for about 20 years and most of my relatives are still there.

Thanks again.

VR
post #11897 of 23983
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Originally Posted by blackjackmark View Post

Been wanting one of these sets since they came out...but hate the look of the dumbo ears. And now the '06s are in the same cabinet yet agin! I know some like it though.

For those of you that disliked it, but bought anyway...do you find yourself noticing them still, in a darkened room? My fear is that since they're silver, that with the lights dimmed for viewing, they's still have a presence in the room (like an 800 lb gorilla...or a 4 ton elephant!).

I didn't notice them much when I brought it home in January and now I don't notice them at all.
post #11898 of 23983
pc to tv. I have the 50 inch wega xbr1. I tried hooking up my PC to it, and I'm having trouble getting the pc's image to be the wide zoom. It won't let me hit the WIDE button, it tells me the feature not available. Any try this yet? Please help. thanks.
post #11899 of 23983
Are you using VGA? I believe the VGA is limited to 1280x1024. I could be wrong. Have you checked the manual? I mean, have you RTFM
post #11900 of 23983
the manual for the tv or the video card? On the manual for the Tv i found out how to adjust the size, but I can't make it take up the entire screen like when i watch tv. I do have VGA. So you think it's the video card or the TV?
post #11901 of 23983
In the TV manual. I am pretty sure VGA on the Sony is limited to 1280x1024 or some such resolution, thus the reason why you get that message.
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Hi. I purchased the Sony KDS-R50XBR1 model a few weeks ago. I've noticed an audio delay when watching DVDs on a Sony upconverting DVD player. It's connected to the TV via an HDMI cord. The audio is sent to my Denon receiver via a coxial cable. The delay seems to go away once I change the resolution on the DVD player from 1920 x 1080i to 1280 x 720p. I tried changing the audio delay on the DVD player, but it doesn't help at all. Anyway, what is the best resolution to choose on this TV for DVDs? Am I losing quality by not having it set at 1920 x 1080i? If so, is there anything I can do to fix the audio delay without buying anything else?
post #11904 of 23983
Sound is great (if you can get past a little echo)....

Putting furniture has helped a little....and the AVSET on the Harman/Kardon makes life simple...GRIN

Will be getting a VERY LARGE Oriental rug to absorb a little more of the sound.

Overall I am very satisfied. I have to go read the manual and million's of posts here to figure a few of the picture setting modes and how to clean up some of the lite video noise I am getting.

Now all I need is the pop-corn maker..GRIN

Frank
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Originally Posted by ballvice View Post

Now all I need is the pop-corn maker..GRIN

GRIN

GRIN

GRIN

Frank

And to learn how to use the smilies on the forum...

Smilies

J.
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Originally Posted by ranma5080 View Post

Hi. I purchased the Sony KDS-R50XBR1 model a few weeks ago. I've noticed an audio delay when watching DVDs on a Sony upconverting DVD player. It's connected to the TV via an HDMI cord. The audio is sent to my Denon receiver via a coxial cable. The delay seems to go away once I change the resolution on the DVD player from 1920 x 1080i to 1280 x 720p. I tried changing the audio delay on the DVD player, but it doesn't help at all. Anyway, what is the best resolution to choose on this TV for DVDs? Am I losing quality by not having it set at 1920 x 1080i? If so, is there anything I can do to fix the audio delay without buying anything else?

You aren't losing any original resolution with either upconvert since you are starting with 480 lines of original resolution. However, I believe that with my Denon 2910 to the SXRD I get a possibly better picture upconverting to 1080i.

You may get less lip sync issues with 720P because the SXRD does not have to deinterlace. Any signal requiring deinterlacing on the SXRD takes around 35ms-40ms. That delay is not really noticeable to me but drove my wife crazy. I purchased the Felston and now my wife is happy:
http://www.felston.com/

I'm not familiar with the Sony DVD player; but if it has a lip sync delay feature that should solve your problem.

I've had OTA digital stations with delays up to 150ms which without the Felston would make the program almost unwatchable.
post #11909 of 23983
newbie here with some more questions -
i've had problems with my SXRD w/ the video delay. i think my denon receiver delays the audio so that when we watch dvds, tv, etc. its fine.
BUT, video games are unplayable because your input to the video game (ie PS2) is delayed by however much the video delay is... would appreciate any help on this issue!!! thanks!
post #11910 of 23983
Anbody use the optical out from the TV to a receiver when using a cable card? If so, did you have to disable the TV speakers? Did it pass 5:1? Thanks.
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