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40XBR800 CRT HDTV and blu ray

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by drjdrum » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:56 pm

Hello -

This topic perhaps has come up before.  I am looking into the possibility of getting a Sony Blu Ray player, and have heard that CRT HDTV's such as my 40XBR800 (4:3) will not render as high quality pic as perhaps a LCD TV.  Is this true?  I currently have the Sony NS775 DVD player hooked up to this TV will great results, but perhaps time for an upgrade.  

I have always marveled at the PQ of my CRT.  How about DVD upconversion?  How are the results?  I am planning on an HDMI => DVI-D connection between the two.  Any thoughts from those with similar CRT HDTVs?  Thanks!  dj    
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by mykyll2727 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:37 am

Wow! That is one monster CRT. Over 300lbs!! From what I can determine it's max display resolution is 1080i (1920X540 pixels interlaced) which was as good as there was in it's day. Blu-ray is output in 1080p which is a higher resolution (1920X1080 pixels progressive). To see BR in it's full output you will need a display resolution that is at least 1080p. I say that because there are higher resolutions now like 4k (3840X2160). The larger the display and or the closer the viewing distance the more noticeable a higher resolution will be. On a 30" display viewed from 30ft the difference would be harder to detect than on a 120" display viewed from 15ft. No matter how high the level of whatever upscaling would be done to a DVD it will still be limited to the 1080i resolution of your display._mykl
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by jehill » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:18 am

Although it can accept and display a 1080i input (1920 x 1080 pixels), the picture tube horizontal resolution is only about 1350 pixels.  There is no problem with the vertical resolution.  When I upgraded my KV-36XBR450 to a KDL-55XBR8, I had the opportunity to operate them side by side.  There was absolutely no comparison.  The KV-36XBR450 looked sick compared to the KDL-55XBR8 and I am confident that the KV-40XBR800 would look sick compared to most any LCD replacement you choose.  The thing that I hated was having to view a 1080i input in a 16 x 9 band across the TV.  As a result, I had to set about 5' away from the set to see the picture detail clearly.
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by drjdrum » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:04 am

Thanks for your responses...

jehill, I assume that 'sick' means that the CRT pales in comparison to the LCD with blu ray? Seems like 'sick' can mean both things lately!

If this is the case, I will continue to enjoy DVD with this set for the time being, with my Outlaw/NHT surround setup...

Thanks!
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by jehill » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:40 am

I meant that the video displayed on my KDL-55XBR8 blows away that on my KV-36XBR450. There simply is no comparison!
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by mykyll2727 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:00 am

John_The KDL-55XBR8 that you own is one awesome TV! I remember looking at one when I first started looking around for a new TV. I would've loved to have one but unfortunately my wallet was too thin_mykl
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by WalaceUlva » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:23 pm

Seems like 'sick' can mean both things lately!



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