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It is their flagship LCD television released in 2008 and is the first TV from Sony to feature an LED backlighting system.

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The XBR8 line from Sony is their flagship LCD television released in 2008 and is the first TV from Sony to feature an LED backlighting system. First introduced by Samsung in 2007 with their 81F Series, LED backlighting offers a few advantages over the conventional CCFL systems. These advantages come in the form of improved image quality from a substantially higher dynamic contrast ratio and deeper black levels, lower power consumption, and longer lifespan. Considering its flagship status the XBR8 introduces the advanced lighting system while retaining all the premium features found in the less expensive XBR lines, this includes the network media streaming and expandability options.

  • 1080p native resolution
  • 120Hz mode
  • 10-bit panel, 10-bit processing
  • DLNA support
  • 24p True Cinema
  • Bravia Engine 2 Pro
  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer Pro with local dimming
  • 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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10/28/2008 04:29

Just bought the 46" XBR8 on Saturday and set it up. Had to go out of town on Monday, but at least I brought the manual and read it on the flight. :)

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