Pros Amazing picture quality, Best black levels, color depth and vibrancy, and feeling of looking through a window you can just step through of any HDTV yet made.
Cons Side Speakers extend width 10" for no reason, Shiny Black Bezel could be annoying to some.
Summary This set and it's little brother (The 50" SXRD), are the best HDTV's made right now. Period. CRT-like black levels, Sony's famed interlacing-scaling-video processing make even poor SD sources look anywhere from watchable to good. You have not seen HD until you see a good HD feed on this set. It puts to shame all the 1080P DLP's. Sony's SXRD (LCOS-Based) system eliminates rainbows, artifacting, poor reliability problems inherent in DLP due to their spinning color wheel technology. also the SXRD is the first TRUE 1080 microdisplay, and it shows. Night and Day difference with the false, optical illusion -based "wobulated" half 1080P chip used in DLP. Sony's SXRD sets have true, full 1080P chips. If you are interested in having the best possible picture quality in a 1080P set produced today, this is it. Look no further. It is jaw-dropping!Updated
Just a note - the Specs listed here are a little off: The true dimensions are 66" X 39 3/4" X 20 1/4" and the real weight is 122 LBS 7 OZ.
Pros Outstanding picture that convinced me to buy
Cons Few....very few
Summary I finally had my opportunity to take a look at the Sony KDS-R60XBR1 television...and I was VERY impressed. I was so impressed...I went for the buy. The picture is very good! I did not get a chance to compare against 1080p sets...but this one definitely was worth the purchase. This Sony has a very crisp, clean and very colorful picture. The blacks are as described and the performance is just great.
There was one obstacle that I discovered after the purchase...I was used to having the speakers of my TV act as a center channel and I haven't found a way to do that with this set...(but..I have only had the set for one day). All in all...I am VERY glad that I bought this television and believe the hype that this is the best set on the market today.Updated
Well...I wrote the second opinion on Sony's KDS-R60XBR1 without an HDTV signal. WOW...the clarity and color saturation with this TV hooked up with a HDTV signal is UNBELIEVABLE! I have to agree that this may bump my previous rating of 9.5 to a 10. I strongly recommend this set to all that are bouncing back and forth between this set and 1080p sets out there. I tip my hat to Sony....I am VERY pleased...and feel that I should not have rated this set until I had the HD signal in place to truly see the capabilities of this great television. Thanks Sony!
Pros Fantastic picture ... really fantastic picture. Did I mention the picture is fantastic?
Cons If I'm forced to search .... blacks not as inky black as BEST crts.
Summary Got a great deal on one of the top Samsung DLPs and would have never looked beyond it if I wasn't one of the small percentage of folks that is extremely effected by the 'rainbow effect'. So, during the return period and because of the 18 month no pay no finance on the Sony decided to try the SXRD which I also would have the 30 day return on.
Please ... if you have only seen one of these in a store setting you need to see the sxrd in the proper environment. If it's not an option taking one home with a return policy find someone that has one to get a demo. I'm an impulse buyer with a lot of fairly high priced toys but this is one of the few that wowed me so much at first viewing in my system there was never a moment of buyer's remorse. As usual, when I have to rewire/rearrange my system it's a matter of throwing a mountain of cables into the middle of the room and then not seeing or hearing my new toy for a couple of hours until I get the basics set up again so gratification was delayed til I finally got the minimum in place.
The picture using a Denon dvd-5900 I had on loaner was stunning ... and that was just out of the box! I'm usually one of those guys that isn't satisfied til they've tracked down the warranty violating service codes to tweak things so this was a shocker! I was so amazed (put on Star Wars III and see how many times you say holy **** to yourself) I decided to take advantage of the 'package deal' price I could get and upgrade my pre-pro and multi-player, both, in the next week.
I have the Denon DVD-5910 feeding he SXRD now and it's hard to find fault with that combo. But ... if you're looking for downsides ... hmmmm. Let me comment on the downsides I've read about.
Black levels: Not as inky as the very best crts but really close with adjustment.
Off angle viewing: I mean ... I guess not as good as direct view crt. Better than any rptv I've seen .... maybe lcd flat panel or plasma might be better but I've never had those on my list so I can't comment.
Blue black levels: I've seen it ... but only when the whole screen is black ... like when the movie is just starting up. Not even close to being an issue for me.
Built in speakers: I've used them when I was rewiring my main system. For that purpose the fact that they exist ... once the system is connected I could care less.
Not being able to remove the speakers: I guess if you want to install this in a cabinet that could be a concern. But it's not one for me.
So, I rate it a 10 because it has no downsides for me and what I want.
Pros Fabulous picture even using over the air Zenith HDTV antenna. People do not look deformed as they do on many other HDTV sets when picture is set to zoom. Autosetup is slow, but excellent.
Cons Documentation could have been better. Auto setup feature can take almost 1 hour so be patient.
Summary My old Sony 53" XBR was dying and I've been waiting for this one after reading the Qualia reviews. Finally saw it at 3 local stores in South Florida and decided that the wait was well worth it. I saw this TV side by side with various DLP sets and the ONLY reason I could see buying the DLP would be if money was an issue. This XBR is not cheap, but the picture quality is amazing. I also bought an inexpensive Zenith over the air HDTV antenna that at first seemed very flimsy but it was everything reviews said it was. A hint - after plugging in the antenna, switch over the input using the "ant" button on the remote and then go thru the autosetup again but this time with the antenna rather than cable or satellite selected. You'll also have to play around with the orientation of the antenna to get the best picture without breakup.
The autosetup feature with cable input found stations that I thought were only available to me with digital cable (we still have analog but will get satellite soon)such as a 3 Hi Def stations and many of the digital music channels.
Pros Decent integrated scaler. Accurate color after calibration. World class resolution.
Cons Wing speakers not removable. Some noticable aliasing. Remote heavy and tight spacing.
Summary I guess with most folks, the proof is in the pudding... i.e., if it looks good, it must be good. Well, this is not necessarily so with RPTV's. What's inside *really* counts. Although *ALL* RPTV's have a few shortcomings that you either hate, or learn to live with, the fact remains that this is one of the best implementations of this type of TV on the planet (at this price point).
The integrated scaler is of very good quality (for an integrated variety) and can take a source feed and upscale it to 1080p (SXRD's native resolution) with extremely good results. The resulting picture it near HD quality with non HD content, such as DVD. I find it difficult to differentiate between HD and non-HD content. It even does an excellent job with NTSC (480i) cable or antenna signals. If you are fed with digital signals by cable or satellite, you will be amazed at the up-scaling to 1080p. Of course, HD signals, as you would expect, are nothing short of breath taking. The level of detail because of full 1080 and the best pixel fill is awe inspiring. I find myself watching HD content that I would not normally watch. In some situations, such as static banners or station monikers, there is a noticeable aliasing, but this is the only area where I have ever seen it.
Pixel response is very fast. In movie scenes or sports where fast action is happening you will appreciate this a lot. There is no noticeable "smearing" and the action looks crisp and precise, as good or better than even DLP. Watch for this on fast camera pans when comparing to LCD and you will know what I mean! Pixel fill (the amount of the pixel that is visible to you due to pixel separation techniques) is the best I have ever seen. There is no "screen door effect" that I can see from my viewing distance (like there is with LCD and DLP).
One of the things that absolutely stunned me was the contrast. The dynamic iris lives up to its billing and delivers contrast as good as my ProScan CRT that recently died (RIP old friend). Subtle shades of deep gray are not lost in shadow and you will be taken aback by white/light content. I cannot rave enough about the fantastic contrast... nothing out there touches it. It was the ONLY digital TV that tested *higher* than the manufacturer's spec of 10000 to 1. (13300 to 1)
The black presentation, for me, was quite different than the CNET reviewers comment and others in this forum about a purplish slant. Although my set has been calibrated (something I recommend to anyone with ANY digital TV), I didn't really notice a black/purple tint before calibration, and the blacks are black... not really, really dark gray, but black... the blacks are every bit as black as the bezel surrounding the screen. Quite frankly, I haven't a clue where the gray/black purple/black comments are coming from. As a matter of fact, you should read this review if you have any doubt.
Here is an excerpt: "Its black level is just as impressive, as low as 0.006 foot-lamberts. This obviously goes a long way toward explaining the contrast-ratio numbers, but let's put that 0.006 into context. The best plasma we've measured had a black level of 0.023 ft-L; the best RPTV we've measured was 0.080 ft-L. Most of the front projectors we've measured have a higher black level than this 60-inch RPTV. Suffice it to say, I was impressed."
The wing speakers were almost a deal breaker for me, and since I have paired this TV with the Denon AVR-3806 receiver and Aperion 533-PT towers, 532-L/R surrounds and a 533-VAC center channel, I have no need for the bat wings... I wish they were removable or folded back out of sight. The console furniture you choose to put this in is limited by the wing spread. By the way, this receiver/speaker combo with this TV is outstanding. Did I say outstanding? I meant to say, OUTSTANDING!!
The remote is heavy, the buttons are too close, it is not backlit, and I hope your vision is like that of an eagle to read the labels. Don't drop it on a wood floor... it will leave a dent like you dropped a brick! Fortunately, the Denon remote that came with my receiver is the coolest remote ever and I use it for all my A/V source switching and channel surfing. Well laid out, backlit, and controls everything (it even learns). But, I digress... back to the show.
The inability to take in a pure 1080p signal is a shortcoming, but it is not entirely the fault of Sony. The implementation of this was not ready because the HDMI standard owner has not got the bugs worked out of HDCP (high def content protection) for full 1080p yet, and Sony insists on this protection before implementation. I guess they don't want illegal copying their high def stuff or anyone elses. I have heard that there will be a hardware upgrade kit available in the future for those who want to spend the dime having an authorized dealer install it. I will do that when HD-DVD becomes prevalent.
Other upcoming technologies, like SED and OLED, may knock Sony off it's perch, but for my money (and at this point in time), there was/is nothing out there to compare. You should keep doing what you are doing right now... research. I did my homework and decided on SXRD technology. Do your homework and make your own decision.