Sony KF-60DX100

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DonJ, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. DonJ

    DonJ Second Unit

    Mar 5, 2002
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    I'm seriously considering this TV I look at the Lessr modle at Circuit City and I was amazed to say the least. But I'm still looking for other opinoins and nay sayers. So all opinions welcomed please.
    Here a link so you know what I'm talking about.
  2. Jeff Me

    Jeff Me Agent

    Dec 29, 2002
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    You should give consideration to a KF-60XBR800 or KF-50XBR800 if you want this TV. These are the new models of this set. They have improved electronics and black levels.
  3. Jeff Me

    Jeff Me Agent

    Dec 29, 2002
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    Here a some of my observations with respect to these TVs. I happen to own a 50" GWII (XBR series).

    Negatives of these TV's are:

    Poor black levels and contrast ratio. (BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT THIS)
    Black levels on older series are worse.
    $200 light bulb will need to be replaced at about 8000 hrs.
    Fan noise can be heard in quite scenes.
    High screen resolution will show problems in standard definition broadcasts.
    Best picture on XBR series requires service menu adjustment.
    LCD panels tend to have subtle patches of color or color shifts across screen. (Most annoying on B&W movies)
    Uncalibrated XBR series looks washed out due to low gamma.
    Dust can get on LCD requiring cleaning.
    Some LCD artifacts are visible on high contrast scenes.
    Panels cannot be adjusted by owner if they are out of alignment.
    The older series looses resolution of 720p signals by down converting to 480p.
    You cannot rescale 720p or 1080i images to eliminate black bars present on some HD material.
    The older model does not have DVI with HDCP.
    All images going into this set are scaled internally making the use of an external scaler of little use.
    These sets are not as easy as some to hook a PC to.

    Positives of these TV's are:

    Resolution of details at this price point.
    Presentation is very film like.
    Minimal LCD damage possibility with low wattage bulb allows 4:3 viewing without stretching or gray bars. Good for games also.
    TV can be restored to near original picture by replacing bulb.
    The XBR series picture can be improved with service menu adjustments. (Don't know about older model)
    Fewer artifacts (no temporal dithering, rainbows...) than competing DLP sets.
    Bright screen image is good in high ambient light situations.
    Good anti-reflection coating helps with bright rooms as well.
    Physical size of TV compared to other RPTVs.
    No convergence required.
    Sony offers discrete remote codes (on/off, Video 1, Video2 ...)
    Set will automatically detect anamorphic wide-screen material and scale the screen appropriately.
    XBR series has DVI with HDCP.
    Near perfect geometry. (Slight bowing on some sets)
    Good off-axis performance compared to other RPTVs.

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