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The XBR7 line from Sony is the middle of the pack in their XBR line of LCD televisions, and are the top of the line.

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1080p, 120Hz

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10-bit panel, 10-bit processing

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no PC inputs

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The XBR7 line from Sony is the middle of the pack in their XBR line of LCD televisions, and are the top of the line, non-LED based LCD televisions released by Sony in 2008. Naturally, they sport a 1080p resolution and the usual bells-and-whistles that premium TVs feature in 2008 including 120Hz motion, and network media streaming. In-fact the XBR7's are extremely similar to the lower priced XBR6 line with the notable difference in maximum display size, with the XBR7 going to a 70" screen, and the addition of a newer BRAVIA image processing engine.

Specs
  • 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
  • Bravia Engine 2
  • Inputs: 4xHDMI 1.3, 2xComponent, Composite
Differences in 2008 XBR lineup

XBR8 Series - LED based backlight with substantially higher dynamic contrast ratio compared to non-LED XBRs. Comparable to the Samsung Series 9 with local dimming and media streaming features.

XBR7 Series - Features are more advanced image processing engine than the XBR6 series, and adds a RS-232 port for home automation systems.

XBR6 Series - the least-expensive line of XBR models released in 2008. Still a premium television compared to Sony's wide array of LCD lines.

XBR and Z-Series specific features

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.

Z-Series, XBR, and W-Series features

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.

Z-Series, XBR series, W-Series, and V-Series features

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.

Features found on all 2008 Sony LCD TVs

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.

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