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Replacing a Sony XBR8 (2009) - what is similar today? What should I buy?

I am replacing a Sony XBR8 (2009) and wanted to know what a comparable model might be today.

I am willing to spend about 2,000 dollars. I use it for watching TV, generally--from news to movies. I have a bright room and sit about 7-8 feet from the TV. I also use it with a Sony Soundbar that connects to a Tivo, Apple TV, and Cable Box. I'm considering a new soundbar too but my primary need is for a new TV because my XBR, which I love, is slowly dying.

Thanks for the suggestions for a replacement.
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XBR65X900E Sony 65" can be had for around 2000.00

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XBR55X900E Sony 55" can be had for around 1500.00

Both 4k sets and will do what you need.

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I am replacing a Sony XBR8 (2009) and wanted to know what a comparable model might be today.

I am willing to spend about 2,000 dollars. I use it for watching TV, generally--from news to movies. I have a bright room and sit about 7-8 feet from the TV. I also use it with a Sony Soundbar that connects to a Tivo, Apple TV, and Cable Box. I'm considering a new soundbar too but my primary need is for a new TV because my XBR, which I love, is slowly dying.

Thanks for the suggestions for a replacement.
What size is the XBR8?
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It is 46 inch.


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If you increase your budget to $3K, you should be able to get the Sony 55" A1E OLED for around that price from a certain reputable dealer on this forum. The A1E has excellent integrated sound, so you wouldn't have to buy that additional sound bar.

While I'm a big supporter of going as large as you can for your budget, the 55" would still represent a nice upgrade from your 46". And, more importantly, the A1E's PQ will be far far far superior to any budget 55"/65" LCD. The A1E also comes with Dolby Vision and the X1E processor, so you'd be more future proof.
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For that price you could get a 2016 65" if you do price protection. And a 55" is tiny compared to a 65", so I wouldn't pick up a $3k A1E over a 65" C6P
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For that price you could get a 2016 65" if you do price protection. And a 55" is tiny compared to a 65", so I wouldn't pick up a $3k A1E over a 65" C6P
I've read good things about both models. Does LG have a non-curved version? What's the advantage of the curve? Forgetting price for a moment are the Sony A1E and the LG C6P similar?
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If you increase your budget to $3K, you should be able to get the Sony 55" A1E OLED for around that price from a certain reputable dealer on this forum. The A1E has excellent integrated sound, so you wouldn't have to buy that additional sound bar.

While I'm a big supporter of going as large as you can for your budget, the 55" would still represent a nice upgrade from your 46". And, more importantly, the A1E's PQ will be far far far superior to any budget 55"/65" LCD. The A1E also comes with Dolby Vision and the X1E processor, so you'd be more future proof.
What is the acoustic screen all about on the AE1? Looks like a great product.

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I've read good things about both models. Does LG have a non-curved version? What's the advantage of the curve? Forgetting price for a moment are the Sony A1E and the LG C6P similar?
The A1E and the 2017 B7P/C7P are rounding up to be superior to the C6P, there is no doubt about that. They are brighter, they have less noise/blocking in dark scenes, and some are claiming that they are better at not crushing blacks. However, the price of a 55" 2017 model is still slightly more than what a 65" 2016 model is, and the improvements the 2017 models have over the 2016 models does not make up for the fact that the 65" is 33% bigger than the 55". Size easily trumps the difference. Also, you get 3D if you ever want to wow yourself or viewers.
If you want a non-curved model, the E6P is also available. It also gives a very nice on-glass look, but YMMV as to if you like it. As far as the advantage of the curve, it's really about looks.

Put it this way: you can get the 65" C6P for $2,450 with no tax and use credit card price protection (use a card that goes up to $500) to get it below $2,000. 65" E6P can be had for $2,700 and will be around $2,200 after price protection.

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The XBR8 was a great achievement in its time being one of the first FALDs, sony's first FALD, using RGB leds that was in the LCd top for several years, one sort of only can compare it to the ZD9/Z9D since it is sort of nowadays sony version of the XBR8.
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