Ok so I finally got it setup KDS-R60XBR2. Was a bit of a pain since I can first hand confirm that the SUGW12 stand does not fit the new XBR2 ... lesson learned.
The quick and dirty: I have no HD sources yet but I am still very pleased with the purchase. Only major flaw PC connection using DVI-HDMI (which is not recommended by the manual has major overscan). All my sources are 480p or lower with minimal tweaking of picture settings and the pic looks great so I can't wait to see what this does with HD content.
Disclaimer: I am not a videophile so I'm probably not going to have a good eye for the level of detail you guys want so if you want pics of something as long as you give precise instructions I'm happy to help out.
I have some screenshots below, however I'll take some later in better lighting conditions:
1st HD impressions will have to wait until next week. Currently I have no 1080p/i sources to feed this thing with. SD (while still OK) is not what I bought this for in the first place so while I could complain about that my reason for getting this set was:
1. Great reviews of the XBR1
2. Upgrading from owning nothing bigger than a 27inch CRT also a sony
3. Getting ready for 1080 source viewing
4. Between LCD and this I was getting a lot more inputs and a larger screen for the same price points.
5. Knocked out the 46XBR2 and SHarp 46D62U which were the other models I was considering.
In my honest PERSONAL opinion if you do a lot of SD viewing stick with a CRT until SED comes out, thats not what any of these sets LCD, DLP ... are optimally built for.
Some things I am pleased about:
1. Given that I am coming from never having owned anything larger than 27inch CRT's the big screen automatically is going to have the WOW factor for me. Only fault with that is I've had to downgrade my hotness scores for a lot of the actresses because they don't have the benfit of a soft picture anymore so blemishes show through.
2. Given all the talk about black levels and crushing, I am not seeing any of those issues here, at least that I can tell.
3. SD processing is (again IMHO) a lot better than the LCD XBR2's which I was looking at earlier
4. Love the Twinview especially since I can surf the web and watch my Sci-Fi at the same time
5. Xbox looks great but I really want to get a HDMI cable when it comes out to see what it really can do.
6. I can't see and SSE
7. No green blobs that I can see. If there are specific conditions that this occurs in I'd be happy to try that out.
Some things I am dissappointed in:
1. What is the point of Twinview if only one source can be HDMI. Slightly Pi$$ed at that. Could it be because the processing chip can't handle it?
2. WTH -> Overscan over DVI-HDMI, it's so bad that I can not see most of the icons on the left hand side and most of the start button.
Note I haven't tried VGA yet but this is dissapointing.
This bugs me because I would eventually like to get a home media PC and if this is the output I can expect... anyone have a fix yet ... or anyone know of a way maybe using a cheap scaler to get around this. Also anyone know that if I get a video card with HDMI output whether it would display correctly?
Like I said at the beginning I am pleased with the purchase with the only major gripe being overscan that I haven't tested through the recommended VGA port, and that's with only 480p content. For all of those complaining about no WOW factor... I suspect you'll see that next week when:
1. HD dual tuner cable box comes in
2. Oppo 971h comes in
3. I'll hopefully have a proper DVI-VGA adapter and the overscan problem will be alleviated if not removed entirely.
So now you'll just have to settle for IMPRESSED.
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