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Sony XBR5 Vs. XBR8

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by wdcholyman » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:19 pm

I just bought a 52 XBR 5, still in the box for $2,988.  Since XBR8 is almost out now with a price tag of $6,600, I am confused whether to return the XBR 5 and wait for XBR8.  What are the factual difference between XBR 5 vs. XBR8.  The price difference is almost $3,500.  Please help.  Thank you in advance for your help.
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by NiteHawk » Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:03 pm

Welcome to the forum.  Keep your XBR 5 and save the $3500 for 3D TV when it finally comes out in a couple of years.  The major difference is something called TRILUMINOS RGB LED backlight, which is only available on the XBR 8 series.

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by ShadowLord » Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:28 pm

I think the answer is a bit more complicated then that:

1. Can you afford the difference in price easily? If so...

2. Can you return your current TV w/out any problems? If so

then go for it. The LED tech in the XBR8 is impressive enough to make the money worthwhile IMHO. The fact that backlighting can be turned off to give deeper blacks and improve contrast is HUGE! Do realize though that you are paying up the nose to be on the bleedign edge and that in as short as TWO years your TV could be bought for ~$2K.
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by claudio » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:39 pm

If I have the money it would probably be the XBR8. That is if money is not an issue. The XBR5 is very nice as well.

Found a video on the XBR8

Below is more information on the
Sony KDL-XBR6, KDL-XBR7, and KDL-XBR8 specs, and release dates!

What could possibly be better than your 52 inch Sony XBR5 TV? The XBR6, XBR7, and XBR8, of course! If there was any doubt about Sony’s seriousness with the XBR line, we can safely put that to rest right now. We’ve just got a hold of the product roadmap for this year, in addition to full spec sheets on the XBR6, XBR7 and the XBR8. The XBR6 and XBR7 lineup isn’t the most interesting compared to the current models, with modest upgrades like DLNA compliance, TV Guide IPG, "Enhanced" XMB interface, and now BRAVIA Sync capability. Also they sport four HDMI ports instead of three while still keeping both component inputs. There’s also a PC input as well, but it looks like the TVs shed the standard RCA inputs. Then again, will we really miss them?

Here’s where the XBR8 gets really exciting though — TRILUMINOS RGB LED backlight! Yes! That’s what we’re talkin’ about, folks. In addition to the LED backlighting, Sony has thrown in their "Advanced Contrast Enhancer PRO", the new BRAVIA Engine 2 PRO, and all of the other features the XBR6 and XBR7 have. Excited yet? We’re foaming at the mouth. Now you may ask, BG, when can we buy one? Here’s where the roadmap comes into play:
There are a bunch of XBR models coming soon, and that also includes a 32" model as well as a 37" one, too. It looks like we’ll see the KDL-32XBR6 around the middle of May and the KDL-37XBR6 around the middle of July. Also, the KDL-46XBR8 will be launching in August. In September and October, the rest of the other models are set to be released. These include the KDL-40XBR6, KDL-46XBR6, KDL-52XBR6, KDL-40XBR7, KDL-70XBR7, and finally the KDL-52XBR8. Hit the jump for the full spec sheets and roadmap!
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by jehill » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:55 am

The KDL52XBR7 is available for preordering at Sony Style.  It boasts a refresh rate of 240 Hz, twice that on the XBR6 and XBR8.  Decisions, decisions, decisions!  The article about Sony layoffs mentions that prices may need to be slashed!  That's good new for us, but not for Sony!
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