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1920 x 1080 Full High Definition SXRD panels
Sony SXRD technology (3x panels) for film-like reproduction
Superb 10 000:1 contrast ratio enhanced by Cinema Black Pro
2.5 ms response time for smoother images
Powered by BRAVIA ENGINE PRO for enhanced depth, clarity and definition
Built-in pure Virtual Dolby® Surround Pro Logic® II sound-enhancing technology with BBE Digital
Optical Audio Output
2x HDMI sockets (1080p capable), PC connectivity, 2x Components and 3x SCART sockets
Integrated digital terrestrial tuner (also receives analogue)
Ultra-slim bezel design
Replacement lamp is XL-5200
Non-reflective frame coating for relaxed viewing
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#1
Looks very good :) Anyone have more info on the SXRD technology [liquid crystal on silicon?].

Thanks ;-)
[admin]#2
Added the price to your title.
#3
This tv is available from RGB for £1239 inc 5 day delivery. Empire have it for £1399 in 5 year warranty.

Jason
#4
jwspurs
This tv is available from RGB for £1239 inc 5 day delivery. Empire have it for £1399 in 5 year warranty.

Jason


Hi Jason

Can't find it on RGB. Can you give the link please.:thumbsup:
#5
Does this include the stand ?
#6
http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/Referrer.asp?SKUNumber=104604

Hopefully this is the right link, says stand included.

Cheers

Jason
#7
If link doesn't work do search on google and go through pricerunner, there are others around the same price as stock is low.
#8
Thanks Jason.

Seems very cheap! Are there any drawbacks? This is HD ready plasma, yes?
#9
This is a rear projector tv not plasma
#10
jwspurs
http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/Referrer.asp?SKUNumber=104604&ReferrerCode=2

Hopefully this is the right link, says stand included.

Cheers

Jason


Thanks for that.
Sony is still the best option if you want interest free... :-D
#11
Go with Digico then for a finance deal, buy now pay Dec 07 only need to pay acceptance fee £25.00. As said might be better going with Empire for the warranty included and you can go for buy now pay later.

Am tempted to go for this myself, have you seen this tv in store does it look good?
#12
jwspurs
Have you seen this tv in store does it look good?


No. Saw it advertised in yesterdays paper.
Might have a look round later...
#13
My brother got this tv Sony KDS55A2000 - 55'' with no stand last week from Amazon for £1000. I personally prefer good LCD tvs as they have better viewing angles and brighter screens and are physically much smaller. Go to tescos and check out a rear projection next to an LCD and you'll see what I'm saying. As long as you're sitting down the picture is fine but when you stand up the picture becomes washed out.

On the positive side it does have full HD res 1980 x 1050, haven't actually fed the tv with a HD signal so cannot comment on this. Alot of LCDs have something like 1366 x 768 resolution and I think this is fine for the next couple of years as there isn't alot of HD material out there. Also the extra detail of full HD resolution would probably be invisible once you sit further than 6 foot away. We'll have to wait for truly massive screens 80" to enjoy full HD.

p.s. bulbs might be expensive to replace, froogle shows prices of about £400! A quick look over the pond shows they are going for $300. Might be worth importing one for £150, don't see why it shouldn't be exactly the same.
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Can't remember if anyone mentioned yet: this is now £999 at Amazon. Utterly insane price.

As to quality: this has the best image of any set under £4000 on this side of the pond (some top end DLPs in the US are better). Some 720p plasmas around £1500-£2000 have great quality but are smaller, and with half the number of pixels can't display all the detail that modern 1080p content has. LCDs have max 1500:1 contrast, this has over 10,000:1 like a good plasma - makes a huge difference for film content, maybe not so much for sports. On top of that, no LCD has such a small response time as this, so there's no ghosting.

The only real downsides are:

1) the vertical viewing angle - you really have to be sitting on the same level

2) no hanging on walls, it's about 40cm thick. This sounds a lot, but it's a huge screen and slopes sharply inwards at the rear, so you don't even realise it's not flatscreen without looking at it from a very sharp side angle.

3) it dominates a room something silly. For example, 55" is 90% bigger than a 40", and almost four times the size of your old 28".


Possibly a downside: you really need HD-DVD/Bluray or Sky/TW HD. If you aren't going to get these and are feeding it standard def content, this screen reallyshows up poor quality sources. Once you're used to proper 1080p, anything else really does look poor. It actually has a very good internal upscaler, but there's only so much you can do with broadcast SD. Most good DVDs still look nice though.

For reference, I've got this screen with Sky HD, HD-DVD through the PC, and lots of downloaded HD content. I also had a Sony W-series LCD (46" 1080p, £2500) on trial at the same time, but returned it and went for this. Nice to have a thin screen, but the SXRD is just better in every way on actual picture quality. Watching a 1080p film on this is a joy - you get all the detail, fabulous subtle colouring, depth of shadow detail and black levels way beyond what LCD can do, etc, etc.


If you have the space and are going to get 1080p sources, just buy this. You won't regret it.


ps lamps are expensive if you buy the whole kit/chassis from Sony, but are available for £100 to £150 from China. Since the power consumption on these sets is less than half that of plasmas, you'll save more than that in electricity over an 8000 hour lamp life.
#15
It is HUGE! not the screen but its REAR!

These TV's usually have a big fat a**
#16
Oh, other possible pitfalls:

1) the VGA socket doesn't work well, it leaves it with black borders round all sides (not aspect ratio stuff, it's a bug). This may be fixed in future software updates.

2) component does 1080i input only, not 1080p. Apparently this causes problems for X-box 360 consoles, cos they don't have HDMI yet.


Nothing wrong with the two HDMI sockets though, and they work perfectly with a PC. Wish they had three admittedly, I had to get a switch unit for my stuff (cheap though, so no hassle).


Oh, and it's 48cm deep, by 1.3 metres wide. As above, it sounds a lot, but it slopes in so sharply you never notice it unless you look along from the side (people think mine is a flatscreen because it's in a corner). For comparison, most flatscreens in this size bracket are about 15cm deep.


edit: if you search for reviews, the model with the same name in the US (KDS55A2000) has inferior electronics to the European version. Our model is more sinmilar to their XBR2 60", with the major difference that they sorted out some colour problems that had. Strangely enough, it costs way more in the US - I saw some in NY for $2500+sales tax (about £1400).
#17
Arfster,

Looked on Amazon cant see any available, when did you see them for £999? Assume this didn't include stand
#18
jwspurs
Arfster,

Looked on Amazon cant see any available, when did you see them for £999? Assume this didn't include stand



Yikes, Amazon sold out already? Makes sense I guess, it was a crazy price.

Best deal then would be to get one of the many offers with the DVD/freeview recorder box, cos you can ebay that off for £150 (the box has nice features, but what's the point of SD on a 55 inch?)
#19
jwspurs
This tv is available from RGB for £1239 inc 5 day delivery. Empire have it for £1399 in 5 year warranty.

Jason


I'm sure i had a 20% off code for empire somewhere :whistling:
#20
PizzaCake
My brother got this tv Sony KDS55A2000 - 55'' with no stand last week from Amazon for £1000. I personally prefer good LCD tvs as they have better viewing angles and brighter screens and are physically much smaller. Go to tescos and check out a rear projection next to an LCD and you'll see what I'm saying. As long as you're sitting down the picture is fine but when you stand up the picture becomes washed out.

On the positive side it does have full HD res 1980 x 1050, haven't actually fed the tv with a HD signal so cannot comment on this. Alot of LCDs have something like 1366 x 768 resolution and I think this is fine for the next couple of years as there isn't alot of HD material out there. Also the extra detail of full HD resolution would probably be invisible once you sit further than 6 foot away. We'll have to wait for truly massive screens 80" to enjoy full HD.

p.s. bulbs might be expensive to replace, froogle shows prices of about £400! A quick look over the pond shows they are going for $300. Might be worth importing one for £150, don't see why it shouldn't be exactly the same.



Totally agree regading the seating distance, plus who has the gear to feed it with full HD signals?
#21
arfster
Oh, and it's 48cm deep, by 1.3 metres wide.


Wow! :thinking:

There again, my Tosh 36'' CRT is 61cm deep! Only 85cm wide though...
Would a standard RGB Sky input look sh**e??? (looks great on the CRT)
#22
I've got a Tosh rear projection and bought it when it first came out. Its a 50" and I have a big room. The quality on text for sky isnt great on it but for films its great. Mine has the speakers below it and came with its own stand so its set higher. Not as sharp as an LCD but neither is the UCI :) and this one is most prob better again
#23
Bogart
Totally agree regading the seating distance, plus who has the gear to feed it with full HD signals?


Anyone with Sky/TW HD, or a HDDVD drive. You can get the latter for £100 with a modern-ish computer. Rumour has it there's also tons of downloadable HD material out there :whistling:

By the way, optimum seating distance for 1080p is 1.85 * the diagonal, so here it's 8.5 feet. This is why 1080p needs screens around this size - anything smaller and you have to sit crazy close.
#24
I posted on a thread 2 months ago about this TV available from micro-live ltd. I bought my 42" rear proj off these people and its top quality.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000J0Z9D4/ref=dp_olp_2/203-8178851-6847945?ie=UTF8&qid=1173735153&sr=1-1

With delivery tv comes to £1003 delivered!! check it out
#25
That is one sweet TV, I might even trade in my 50inch Sagem for it.
#26
would'nt touch a rear projection with a barge pole!...

pictures viewing only really good from a straight angle!
stayy clear!
#27
findmeabargin
would'nt touch a rear projection with a barge pole!...

pictures viewing only really good from a straight angle!
stayy clear!


You don't know what your talking about mate!!!

Take no notice of this comment, these tv's are perfect for the corner of any room, viewing angles are well within reason and will not cause a problem.

Oh and as for the comment earlier on about the large back. Some people are a bit thick aren't they? If your not wall mounting a plasma/lcd then what the heck is it going to stand on?????

Oh that is correct, a stand the same depth or very similar in depth to this one!!!!!! Gees some people are docile. So it does not matter if your tv is 2cm deep or 50cm deep, it still has to stand on the same sized cabinet because your equipment needs to fit on (Sky, DVD, Hard Drive etc etc).

Sorry for my outburst and I have not targeted anyone in particular as I have not scrolled back up to see who posted the comments.
#28
findmeabargin
would'nt touch a rear projection with a barge pole!...

pictures viewing only really good from a straight angle!
stayy clear!


Horizontal viewing angle is 130 degrees, which is way past the point that's any problem. Sure, if you want to watch it from 5 feet standing up it'll be a problem, but what's the point in that?

Basically, you get the picture of a £5000 plasma for just over £1k. You can of course pay the same for a 1080p LCD and get a screen half the size with 10 times less contrast, far worse response times, and much less accurate colours/grayscale/etc. It all depends how much picture quality you want to sacrifice for a thinner set (and remember we're only talking 35cm thinner, on a set 130cm wide).
#29
Out of Stock at Amazon !
suspended#30
urghhh, rear projection! save you £££ and get a 120hz 1080p lcd in 2months when they are more widespread!
#31
hajj_3
urghhh, rear projection! save you £££ and get a 120hz 1080p lcd in 2months when they are more widespread!


The SXRD can do 48/50/60hz, so there's no advantage to 120hz. Apart from that, the contrast on a LCD isn't comparable to a SXRD, and models large enough to show off 1080p detail cost £3000 at the moment. With 120hz added to that, the price is going to be even higher - at which point you might as well get a 1080p plasma.
#32
I've got a 50" HD Rear Projection Sony (KDFE50A12 - not 1080p) and the picture is absolutely stunning and as it's in the corner of the room most people assume it's a plasma anyway.

These set's aren't that deep and any depth they do have is at 45degrees to the side of the set anyway so it sits absolutely flush in a corner.

Also available at totaldigital for £1195 + £20 del
#33
This set is superb, veiwing angles are good unless you want to veiw it from the side? but why would you. :thumbsup:
They fit great into the corner, Sky(sd) looks pretty good, football on sd canlook a bit blocky, Xbox 360 is just amazing as is the Ps 3 and wii. HD DVD'd look super.
This is a all round great set and for the money blows most lcd's and plasma's for the same price out of the water, only downside you can't hang it on a wall, don't like doing that anyway may wall are made from Derbyshire stone and there really hard to drill.:w00t:

Cheers
JOHNNY
#34
OMG a 55" telly! Who has space for that?

You'd need to sit about 30ft away from it.
suspended#35
arfster
The SXRD can do 48/50/60hz, so there's no advantage to 120hz. Apart from that, the contrast on a LCD isn't comparable to a SXRD, and models large enough to show off 1080p detail cost £3000 at the moment. With 120hz added to that, the price is going to be even higher - at which point you might as well get a 1080p plasma.


120hz reduces motion blur which is very bad on current lcd's, 120hz lcd's are coming out as we speak from sharp, sony and a few others.
#36
hajj_3
120hz reduces motion blur which is very bad on current lcd's, 120hz lcd's are coming out as we speak from sharp, sony and a few others.


Are you talking about the refresh rate? If so, I thought refresh rates didn't apply to LCDs and it's the repsonse times which are significant for motion.

If you're in front of a PC TFT LCD screen right now you should find that you can set it to what ever refresh you like and won't notice a thing.
#37
this screen would blow any lcd/plasma away under £5000 easily, just that you need to be sitting straight onto it thou, its very close to crt performance in fact.
#38
RedOnRed
OMG a 55" telly! Who has space for that?

You'd need to sit about 30ft away from it.



Nah - for 1080p there are so many pixels the recommended sitting distance is 1.85x the diagonal, or in this case 8.5 feet. At this distance the screen takes up around 30 degrees of your field of view, which is the recommended cinema standard (for 720p sets it's 2.5x the diagonal, or 20 degrees).
#39
RedOnRed
OMG a 55" telly! Who has space for that?



me :-D
#40
new one on ebay...
currently at £406

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