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post #7621 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Brafish View Post

I've had the 50 for about 2 weeks now and haven't had any major issues so far. I'm very happy with the set and know 3 other people that have the same model (a 50" and two 60") that are equally as happy. What all of us want to know, is it possible to use a programmable remote and assign it to a specific input? I don't have a programmable remote yet, but I'm not going to bother if I still have to hit menu/select or input a bunch of times.

My friends do have programmable remotes (don't know the models) but haven't had any success. Has anyone had any luck yet? I just want to press an "Xbox 360" button, etc. :P

Note: How amazing is it that problems in my life amount to "takes too many button presses to switch inputs on my tv". We are blessed in this day and age.

I've had both the MX-700 and the Harmony 880. Both had discrete input codes for Sony sets (Sony uses the same codes for most models). In general, if you can program the remote from a computer with an on-line database you can get those codes.
post #7622 of 14269
Can't try this yet as my set doesn't arrive until friday, but I did find mention if discrete codes for video 7 and 8 here:

HiFi Remote


Check the code search section, about the 2nd or 3rd page as I recall. I'll be figuring all this out this weekend; I am pretty certain that there are discretes
for everything.

Dave
post #7623 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Brafish View Post

I've had the 50 for about 2 weeks now and haven't had any major issues so far. I'm very happy with the set and know 3 other people that have the same model (a 50" and two 60") that are equally as happy. What all of us want to know, is it possible to use a programmable remote and assign it to a specific input? I don't have a programmable remote yet, but I'm not going to bother if I still have to hit menu/select or input a bunch of times.

My friends do have programmable remotes (don't know the models) but haven't had any success. Has anyone had any luck yet? I just want to press an "Xbox 360" button, etc. :P

Note: How amazing is it that problems in my life amount to "takes too many button presses to switch inputs on my tv". We are blessed in this day and age.

Just a thought on a workaround (in case you can't get the discrete codes). My programmable remote has macro capability and I believe you can use a macro to do what you want.

No matter what input I'm on, if I hit channel up or channel down it goes to the tuner input. So, you could conceivably program a macro to go 'channel up' and then have the macro hit the video button the number of times needed to get to your particular input. On my remote, I have to hit the macro button and then a number button (for the assigned macro) so it's a two-button procedure.

I know, it's not very glamorous, but if workarounds were glamorous, they wouldn't be called workarounds!
post #7624 of 14269
Hello All,

I'm pretty new to this thread and I really appreciate all of you actively posting for the wealth of information in this thread.

I got my new 50" yesterday and this is my first HD. The picture from my standard DVD player is good. But I have noticed a white glow in the center of the upper part when the TV is On or Off. After searching for this issue I found it on other posts that it's pretty normal. My question is will this aggravate with usage or it remains the same.

Also is there anything else I should test on the new unit. Appreciate any help. Thanks
post #7625 of 14269
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Originally Posted by geek9 View Post

Hello All,

I'm pretty new to this thread and I really appreciate all of you actively posting for the wealth of information in this thread.

I got my new 50" yesterday and this is my first HD. The picture from my standard DVD player is good. But I have noticed a white glow in the center of the upper part when the TV is On or Off. After searching for this issue I found it on other posts that it's pretty normal. My question is will this aggravate with usage or it remains the same.

Also is there anything else I should test on the new unit. Appreciate any help. Thanks

I think I remember reading that it's frequently from a light being on in the room (kind of a weird reflection)...did you rule that out?

If that's not it, can you post a picture of the situation (flash off; use a tripod or something else to hold the camera steady)?
post #7626 of 14269
I am looking to replace my 3 yr old Sony KP-46WT510 with a new TV. I was looking at this 50" Sony, and also the 720p model, I believe the model is E2000. Seems there is about a $600 difference between the two. I know the A2000 supports 1080p, but assuming both run 720p, is there a noticeable difference in picture quality? I am trying to decide if the A2000 is worth the extra $600.

Thanks.
post #7627 of 14269
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Originally Posted by RaptorX View Post

I think I remember reading that it's frequently from a light being on in the room (kind of a weird reflection)...did you rule that out?

If that's not it, can you post a picture of the situation (flash off; use a tripod or something else to hold the camera steady)?


I noticed the same thing on mine. I believe its from my overhead ceiling fan light which has 3 bulbs.
post #7628 of 14269
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Originally Posted by sajandrew View Post

I am looking to replace my 3 yr old Sony KP-46WT510 with a new TV. I was looking at this 50" Sony, and also the 720p model, I believe the model is E2000. Seems there is about a $600 difference between the two. I know the A2000 supports 1080p, but assuming both run 720p, is there a noticeable difference in picture quality? I am trying to decide if the A2000 is worth the extra $600.

Thanks.

YES: The A2000 is worth the difference!
post #7629 of 14269
My uncle called me tonight and told me he just picked up an SXRD 50 inch set. I just had a few questions about it.

1. Is there more than one 50 inch sxrd sony set?

2. Regardless of the answer to number 1, will a sony sxrd set accept an hdmi audio input on both ports and output it out the the digital optical output on the back of the set to a surround receiver?

3. Will running this optical cable to a surround sound receiver light up the 5.1 light on a sony AV receiver?

thanks so much
post #7630 of 14269
Hey guys! I am thinking about going to pick up my new Sony 60 inch tonight from Best Buy. Unfortunately, the nearest BB is about an hour away and I can't borrow a pickup until tomorrow.

Do you think it would fit in the back of a 2002 Mazda 626. I doubt it, but considering stuff I've fit in there before I thought it was worth asking as I'm not sure of the Box's dimensions. If not, I'll probably just have to wait until tomorrow Thanks for the info in advance. I'm really looking forward to getting this TV!
post #7631 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Mikey Palmice View Post

My uncle called me tonight and told me he just picked up an SXRD 50 inch set. I just had a few questions about it.

1. Is there more than one 50 inch sxrd sony set?

2. Regardless of the answer to number 1, will a sony sxrd set accept an hdmi audio input on both ports and output it out the the digital optical output on the back of the set to a surround receiver?

3. Will running this optical cable to a surround sound receiver light up the 5.1 light on a sony AV receiver?

thanks so much

1. Not that I know of, unless it's of a different model year

2. I have the optical out of my SXRD hooked up to my receiver. I use it for digital cable channels (analog ones won't provide audio, as there is no digital audio signal). Sometimes I get 5.1 sound, based on the movie/channel. Anyway, I just tried playing a DVD (which is connected to my SXRD via HDMI) and instead of selecting the input for my DVD player in my receiver, I selected the one I use for the optical out of the TV. I assume this emulates what you are asking. Anyway, no sound.

3. See #2

Maybe I'm missing something here...but if your DVD player is new enough to have an HDMI output, shouldn't it have a digital optical or coaxial output that you can connect directly to your receiver? Why are you trying to make the trip through the TV?
post #7632 of 14269
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Originally Posted by dmbandtimmy View Post

Hey guys! I am thinking about going to pick up my new Sony 60 inch tonight from Best Buy. Unfortunately, the nearest BB is about an hour away and I can't borrow a pickup until tomorrow.

Do you think it would fit in the back of a 2002 Mazda 626. I doubt it, but considering stuff I've fit in there before I thought it was worth asking as I'm not sure of the Box's dimensions. If not, I'll probably just have to wait until tomorrow Thanks for the info in advance. I'm really looking forward to getting this TV!


no freaking way.u need a pick up.rent a pick up from home depot
post #7633 of 14269
Better yet, have them deliver it.
post #7634 of 14269
Heh, I figured I probably couldn't make it fit. Thanks for the replies

I should probably just have them deliver it for $50, but I'll probably just end up using my buddies pickup tomorrow night. That way I can pick out a stand while I'm at it too.

This is my first HD TV so I'm pretty excited!
post #7635 of 14269
The $50.00 delivery fee is a steal and the best money you will spend at least for the rest of 2006. Trust me.
post #7636 of 14269
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Originally Posted by dmbandtimmy View Post

Do you think it would fit in the back of a 2002 Mazda 626. I doubt it, but considering stuff I've fit in there before I thought it was worth asking as I'm not sure of the Box's dimensions. If not, I'll probably just have to wait until tomorrow Thanks for the info in advance. I'm really looking forward to getting this TV!

Nope... Ain't no way...

The same set wouldn't fit (boxed) in my late model Honda Odyssey... I had to debox it at the store and it just barely fit...
post #7637 of 14269
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Originally Posted by davehancock View Post

YES: The A2000 is worth the difference!


Dave,

I am one of at least three SXRD owners that see no real improvement when watching the new Oppo 981 (1080P output) DVD through my 60A2000 compared to my old 480P player. Some are starting to suggest that the A2000's/XBR2's have upsampling and deinterlacing processes that are as good as the 981.

Is this possible??
post #7638 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Anomaly View Post

Dave,

I am one of at least three SXRD owners that see no real improvement when watching the new Oppo 981 (1080P output) DVD through my 60A2000 compared to my old 480P player. Some are starting to suggest that the A2000's/XBR2's have upsampling and deinterlacing processes that are as good as the 981.

Is this possible??

This is not surprising nor uncommon. The idea that upconverting players are going to improve the image significantly is often mistaken. You don't magicaly create resolution that was not there to start with. The best you can do with converions to higher scan rates and de-interlacing is to accomplish them without introducing significant artifacts, or perhaps conceal them.
post #7639 of 14269
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Originally Posted by lcaillo View Post

This is not surprising nor uncommon. The idea that upconverting players are going to improve the image significantly is often mistaken. You don't magicaly create resolution that was not there to start with. The best you can do with converions to higher scan rates and de-interlacing is to accomplish them without introducing significant artifacts, or perhaps conceal them.

It depends on your 480p player. Some are better than others. But in my case, I think the oppo was an improvement because of it's DVI connection, where my old one only had component.
post #7640 of 14269
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Originally Posted by kinglerch View Post

It depends on your 480p player. Some are better than others. But in my case, I think the oppo was an improvement because of it's DVI connection, where my old one only had component.

It can also go the other way. Some DVI/HDMI players are worse than many component players.
post #7641 of 14269
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Originally Posted by RaptorX View Post

I think I remember reading that it's frequently from a light being on in the room (kind of a weird reflection)...did you rule that out?

If that's not it, can you post a picture of the situation (flash off; use a tripod or something else to hold the camera steady)?

yeah it is weird. i can't see it all the time. but i'll try to take a picture.
post #7642 of 14269
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Originally Posted by David B View Post

I thought these dimensions had been posted earlier, but I could not find them. Would someone with a 55-A2000 please measure the length and width of the actual viewable screen, and the distance from the bottom of the stand to the bottom of the actual screen. Thanks, David

I can provide the screen dimensions on the 55A2000 as measured previously at a BB.

47 3/4 X 26 3/4 (this is the picture area only. It does not include the bezel)

Can't help with the other number... good luck.
post #7643 of 14269
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Originally Posted by heat23 View Post

I noticed the same thing on mine. I believe its from my overhead ceiling fan light which has 3 bulbs.

I'm in the same situation. overhead fand with 3 bulbs. Can you notice it when the TV is on. wait if I'm not wrong these are two different issues.

1. A white big spot when the TV is both On and Off
2. A conical white/creamish glow starting from the center of the sceen.

but let me clarify it today with some pictures.
post #7644 of 14269
Mikey
I just installed my 50A2000 this weekend - what a daunting project - although it was mainly running HDMI, Component, Audio/Optical/Coax it finally came together yesterday when I actually sat down to watch a TV program without the sweat dripping off my head!

So here are a few observations you might find useful:
1)The Digital (optical) output ONLY works for digital QAM or ATSC signals - it does NOT provide audio on NTSC channels - assuming you are using an antenna/cable input. The solution would be to run both analog and digital to your receiver - BUT in my case I broke down and picked up another DVR/HD STB from Comcast. The STB solved many problems I was faced with.
2)The new Comcast DVR has a HDMI connector on the back and despite the BS I got from a HD Tech Rep who said that 'some' STB had HDMI, but that Comacast didn't support it - seems to be BS since the REP at the storefront was very helpful and said they do support HDMI but only had component cables if I needed them. HDMI worked perfectly, in fact the STB was already setup for HDMI and HD when I plugged it in. My first box required me to go into the Setup Screen and set the scan rate etc.
3)The Remote with the DVR can be programmed for 3 devices: STB, TV and in my case a Denon Receiver. So with one Remote, I can switch power on/off of all 3 devices with one button, control the volume on the receiver and change the STB channels without any other button pushes - a real life saver for my technology challenged wife!!!!
4)I've read all the magazine reviews on how they adjusted the TV for the best technical picture - many were helpful - so read each and decide what you want to do, but the first thing is to change from VIVID to Standard or Custom and reduce the PICTURE (Contrast) setting - they leave the factory cranked all the way up so you can get a suntan without leaving the comfort of your viewing room.
5)I held my breath when I turned my TV on - as I read all those Green Blotch stories and prayed my was not one of them - Perfect Pictures - no green blotches - and stunning pictures. I finally got to watch Law & Order (NBC) last night and was overwhelmed by the picture quality, detail and colorimetry. Pls note: I'm an industry professional, I'm in all the networks technical areas on a daily basis and see network feeds on professional monitors all day long - and even I was impressed by the overall picture quality. My wife who thought all TV's were basically the same and couldn't understand my desire to finally put a HDTV in the void our Mitsu (NTSC) TV held, was WOWED. We watched some Denali park stuff on Discovery HD Theater - and SHE commented on the lifelike images. I'm glad she is On_Board now with HD.
6) On the HDMI audio issue, the HDMI supports digital audio as well as the digital video, so when you plug HDMI into a audio receiver that supports HDMI it will strip out the audio before sending the video to the TV - eliminating the need for the digital/coaxial audio cable. BUT, many audio receivers don't support the audio part of HDMI and still require a separate optical or coaxial cable. My Denon AVR1507 doesn't support any HDMI so I had to run a separate optical cable from both my DVD and STB to the receiver to get digital audio. The Sony A2000 does support digital audio on the HDMI cable on ONE input (sorry not sure which one - check the manual).

Sorry for wordy response -I hope you find this useful.

Phil
post #7645 of 14269
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Originally Posted by john18 View Post

The $50.00 delivery fee is a steal and the best money you will spend at least for the rest of 2006. Trust me.

Unless they drop it, which has happened to more than one new owner!
post #7646 of 14269
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Originally Posted by statmux View Post

The Sony A2000 does support digital audio on the HDMI cable on ONE input (sorry not sure which one - check the manual).

Video 6 & 7 support 2 Channel Audio on HDMI
Video 7 also has RCA jacks for L & R

Edit: Corrected per htwaits msg & recheck of manual.
post #7647 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Mikey Palmice View Post

My uncle called me tonight and told me he just picked up an SXRD 50 inch set. I just had a few questions about it.

1. Is there more than one 50 inch sxrd sony set?

2. Regardless of the answer to number 1, will a sony sxrd set accept an hdmi audio input on both ports and output it out the the digital optical output on the back of the set to a surround receiver?

3. Will running this optical cable to a surround sound receiver light up the 5.1 light on a sony AV receiver?

thanks so much


1. this year, there is only the 50A2000. last year you could get the 50XBR1 (still can if you shop around).

2. It accepts audio from HDMI on only one of the 2 HDMI ports. It will output through the digital audio to your receiver if you wish.

3. It will pass through the decoding signal for the automatic surround detect of Sony Receivers if you have that function enabled on the receiver. My blue light glows when it is on. Mostly I get it on the HD channels, it doesn't do it for my 360-but i have the stereo cables connected to that for now until I get my receiver back from H/K.
post #7648 of 14269
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Originally Posted by domingos1965 View Post

no freaking way.u need a pick up.rent a pick up from home depot


the 24hours of patience will be well worth it when you can actually watch your new TV. don't risk it.
post #7649 of 14269
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Originally Posted by RaptorX View Post

Unless they drop it, which has happened to more than one new owner!

and if that is the case, then they HAVE to bring you a new one. That is one primary reason you have THEM deliver it. If it get's dropped/damaged during shipment or "installation", or is just simply DOA, they have to take it back and bring you a new one.
post #7650 of 14269
Wow, this thread has a lot of useful information. However, it is very hard to find anything when it is now up to 256 pages! It reminds me of the guy who has no folders on his PC and stores EVERYTHING on the desktop.

Is there any chance a separate forum or subforum be formed for SXRD products in general?
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