Just a quick hello and check-in to report my status for those who may be interested, and thank you to the forum moderators and participants who share such high quality and hard-to-come-by information.
I got the XBR mid-January from Fry's and was able to slot it right into the same fully-articulated wall-mount that the old 60" Kuro is relinquishing, about a 15-minute install. The new '65 is actually smaller overall (1" shorter vertically) than was the '60 Kuro with its wide bezel. There's less weight and bulk, also very noticeable. The Sony is ~65 pounds without the stand, while the Pioneer weighed-in at something like 112. This makes the mobility of the panel on its articulated stand much better than it used to be with the heavier set. Power consumption, alas, isn't much different. I'll post some photos soon to show the wall-mount.
I have it hooked via HDMI 3 to the AVR and 1000-BaseT to my network. There's also an optical audio connection from the TV to the AVR. All CEC/Bravia Sync stuff is turned off, I'll program my remote to handle all of that, more predictably.
I downloaded the new A1E firmware yesterday and installed it via USB without problems, though it was frightening because it takes so long (~20 minutes I guess, I forgot to time it). I was staring at the colorful Android logo near the end of the process for what seemed like way too long. But it finished successfully. Best not to watch it! I have nothing to report about the effects of the FW upgrade, I haven't had time to do any real picture-quality stuff, I'm still programming my remote and running cables to bedrooms etc. So far the most impressive-looking picture we've seen is from the occasional 4K sports feeds from DirecTV channel 104. I watched a Stanford basketball game live in 4K and it was definitely a new experience. And the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics is our new demo content, it's breathtaking.
Back in the days of cathode-ray tubes (which pinnacled for me with Sony's 40" WEGA), when asked about TV sets, I always used to say that the one feature I wouldn't be without is that little plate on the front with "S", "O", "N", "Y" printed on it. But I forsook Sony in about 1998 for a 720p Panasonic plasma screen, followed by the Pioneer Elite Kuro. The Kuro was a masterpiece to be sure, but it's SO great to be back in front of a Sony screen. No baloney.
Sony XBR-65A1E UBP-X800
Last edited by badboy2k; 02-13-2018 at 11:33 AM.