The XBR6 line from Sony is their first XBRs to launch in 2008 and feature a 1080p native resolution with 120Hz refersh rate. Sony's XBR line of televisions represents their highest end offerings for the more discerning videophiles, often containing the best features available that year. For 2008 Sony is releasing 3 different line of XBRs, the XBR6 line, the XBR7 line which goes up to 70" and adds a RS-232 port for home automation, and the XBR8 line for the end of the year that uses an LED backlighting system. The XBR6s also contain many of the same high-end features of the Z series including 1080p picture, 120Hz display mode, and DLNA (Digital Lifestyle Network Alliance) support. However, a couple of extra features are added to the Z series above the larger display size, specifically the USB port for accessing digital content. The W series of sets come in below the XBR6 series from a feature standpoint since the W4100s lack DLNA support.
- 1080p native resolution
- 120Hz mode
- 10-bit panel, 10-bit processing
- 2,500:1 static contrast ratio, 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- DLNA support
- 24p True Cinema
- Inputs: 4xHDMI 1.3, 2xComponent, Composite
DLNA compliant - Digital Lifestyle Network Alliance (DLNA) refers to a suite of protocols and standards agreed to by various media, computer, and electronics manufacturers that lets digital content be streamed and accessed by various devices. If you have a compatible DLNA server the Z-series TV will be able to view photos being stored.
120Hz - to handle fast motion found in action movies, video games and sports the television's refresh rate is doubled from the usual 60Hz to 120Hz. This results in smoother motion and reduces the image artifacting known as judder.
24p True Cinema - movie's are filmed at 24 frames per second, traditional televisions display their images at 60Hz meaning the movie information needs to be converted. With the 120Hz mode, which is a direct multiple of 24, no conversion is necessary meaning you get the source exactly as it was filmed. 24p content comes primarily from Blu-Ray video.
60p and 24p support - these sets can accept Blu-Ray content that is delivered at 24 frames per second with a progressive picture. They also accept a progressive signal that is delivered at 60 frames per second, this is most common in video games. Both the HDMI and Component video inputs can handle these signals.
Bravia Sync - control the other components in your home theater system, such as your A/V receiver and DVD player, directly from the TV. The other components must be Bravia sync compatible.
Digital Media Extender - this is a proprietary port that acts as a central gateway for future add-ons to be installe to expand the functionality of the TV. The first add-on available is the Bravia Internet Link module that lets you view video content from the Internet. Sony claims future add-ons will be available with more features.