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Sony KF-50XBR800

50" XBR® Grand Wega HDTV-ready
rear-projection LCD TV

Item # 15850XB800

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Our take on the Sony KF-50XBR800

This second-generation Grand Wega TV offers so much more performance and flexibility than the first generation that Sony raised it to XBR status — signifying that it's one of Sony's finest TVs.

This second-generation Grand Wega TV offers so much more performance and flexibility than the first generation that Sony raised it to XBR status — signifying that it's one of Sony's finest TVs.

Thanks to innovative design and cutting-edge optics and video processing technology, the KF-50XBR800's picture will amaze you with bright, gorgeous colors and pixel-perfect clarity — all without a bulky cabinet! The combination of high resolution and compact size (under 17" deep!) makes this a perfect big-screen TV for smaller rooms.

Sony achieves this incredible image detail by using three 1.35"-wide LCD elements (one each for the red, green, and blue signals) that achieve picture resolution of over one million pixels. Compared to the previous Grand Wega, the KF-50XBR800 has improved overall black levels by 25%, further enhancing picture brightness and contrast. Besides making it possible to create a big picture in a slim cabinet, using LCD panels eliminates misconvergence and other limitations of conventional CRT-based rear-projection TVs, while greatly reducing the potential for image "burn-in." (This TV is a terrific choice for videogame fans.)

The XBR Grand Wega LCD projection display is so packed with pixels (1366 x 768 pixels) that it makes your most demanding sources, like 1080i HDTV broadcasts ((HDTV reception requires a separate HDTV tuner) and progressive-scan DVD (480p), look magnificent. The TV automatically converts all input sources to a high-resolution progressive output for a picture that is effortlessly realistic and smoothly consistent.

For your standard non-HD sources (like VCRs, cable TV, etc.), Sony includes Digital Reality Creation™ (DRC) circuitry to produce a smoother, more fluid picture. This latest version of DRC gives you complete control over the level of picture enhancement. You can dial in exactly the right amount of enhancement to match the quality of the input signal or your personal preference, so you'll always enjoy clear, high-quality images, no matter what the video source! Another great feature is the selection of viewing modes that lets you re-size the squarish 4:3 aspect ratio of conventional analog signals to fit the Grand Wega's wide screen — you can enjoy that amazing 50" picture at all times, without those distracting black bars!

Hooking up a DVD player, VCR, TiVo recorder and PlayStation is no problem because the KF-50XBR800 has a total of 7 A/V inputs. Two wide-bandwidth component video inputs let you connect a progressive-scan (or standard) DVD player as well as an HDTV tuner. Sony also included a DVI HDTV input for compatibility with the new-generation satellite-capable HDTV tuners. And here's a bonus for owners of Sony Memory Stick® digital cameras — a front-panel Memory Stick slot so you can enjoy your digital photos in life-sized color and clarity!

Sony's matching SU-GW1 stand (not included, see "Accessories") will really show off your new XBR Grand Wega.


  • HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays them at 768p)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • 130º (H) x 60º (V) viewing angle
  • Uniform Brightness Screen™ Technology
  • high-contrast protective screen with double anti-reflective coating
  • adjustable DRC MultiFunction V1 (upconverts NTSC sources)
  • CineMotion™ 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 10-bit 3D digital comb filter
  • Twin View™ 2-tuner PIP (split-screen)
  • TruSurround™ sound processing
  • multibrand remote control
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 rear-panel HD-compatible component video
      (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 rear-panel DVI input with HDCP copy protection
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable
  • built-in 3-way, 6-speaker sound system (30 watts total)
  • 54-1/4"W x 38"H x 16-3/8"D
  • weight: 111 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor

Large Item Special Shipping: Because of its large size, the KF-50XBR800 will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. In-home delivery is FREE for this model. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the TV must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.

What's in the Box:

  • 50" Widescreen LCD projection TV
  • RM-Y912 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 1 Hex key
  • 2 Plastic brackets
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • 1 Cleaning cloth
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty card
  • "Features and Notes on Viewing your LCD Projection TV" sheet
  • "Use of Cleaning Cloth" sheet

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Features and Specs

Screen Type LCD
Screen Size 50"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels)
Picture In Picture 2 Tuner
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
Audio Output Power 15 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service ---
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Width (inches) 54-1/4
Height (inches) 38
Depth (inches) 16-3/8
Footprint Width (inches) ---
Footprint Depth (inches) ---
Weight 110.25 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Total Video Inputs 7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link Control S

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Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes


Hi-Scan 1080i Display (HDTV Receiver Compatible): A DVI input and two component video inputs allow you to connect an optional HDTV receiver or a source with component video outputs. The component video inputs are capable of receiving 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i digital TV formats and the DVI input is capable of receiving 1080i, 720p, and 480p.

Native Resolution: The KF-50XBR800 has a display resolution of 1366 x 768. The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480i and 480p, and will display them as 1366 x 768. The DVI input will accept 1080i, 720p, and 480p, and will display them as 1366 x 768. All other input signals will also be displayed as 1366 x 768.

Wide XGA LCD Panels: This television features three 1.35" wide XGA LCD panels, one for each RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) signal, that resolve 1.05 million pixels. This provides a total picture resolution of 3.15 million pixels for crisp, precise picture detail. Compared to the previous Grand Wega, the KF-50XBR800 has improved overall black levels by 25%, further enhancing picture brightness and contrast.

Superfine Pitch Lenticular Screen: With a screen pitch of just 0.155mm, this screen controls the spread of light to increase the viewing angle both vertically and horizontally. 

Optical Engine: The Sony optical engine provides a high-resolution picture from corner to corner across the entire screen. It also renders an image with high-brightness utilizing a 100W UHP (Ultra High Pressure) Lamp that you can easily replace.

Digital Uniformity: The digital uniformity circuit constantly monitors and corrects color variance every 128 dots across the whole screen. The end result is the creation of realistic images with full natural color and no variance.

Dot Line Inversion Drive: The dot line inversion drive virtually eliminates ghosting, shadowing and horizontal cross-talk while maintaining a high level of brightness.

Digital Reality Creation Multifunction V1: Unlike conventional line doublers, the DRC Multifunction feature replaces the signal's NTSC waveform with the near-HD equivalent, while doubling the number of vertical and horizontal lines. This results in four times the density for quality sources, such as DVD, satellite, and digital camcorders. The DRC Palette option lets you customize the level of detail (Reality) and smoothness (Clarity) to create up to three custom palettes.

CineMotion 3/2 Pulldown Processing: This function provides an optimized display by automatically detecting film content and applying a reverse 3/2 pulldown process. Moving pictures will appear clearer and more natural-looking.

10-bit 3D Digital Comb Filter: Sony's 10-bit 3D digital comb filter analyzes picture information horizontally, vertically and over time. You will get high resolution under most picture conditions. 10-bit signal processing renders superb gray-scale gradation, resulting in superior picture detail.

High Contrast Protective Screen: This television has a screen with a scratch-resistant dark tint surface that increases black level, resulting in brilliant colors.

Double Anti-Reflective Coating: This treatment is applied to the high-contrast screen so pictures remain vivid and contrast remains rich and vibrant. In addition, the double anti-reflective coating eliminates glare from room lights.

Twin View: Using the Multi-Image Driver, Twin View allows you to watch two programs side-by-side with the ability to zoom in on one picture and listen to the program in the selected window. You can watch pictures from two different sources (1080i, 720p, 480p, or 480i) simultaneously. 

Note: Only the left Twin View window can display 1080i, 720p, and 480p sources.

Favorite Channel Preview: This feature allows you to preview up to 8 favorite channels without leaving the current channel.

Scrolling Channel Index System: The system splits the screen into one main picture and four smaller pictures that automatically scroll through all the available channels.

Freeze Function: This function allows you to temporarily capture a program's picture. The TV switches to Twin View mode and displays the "frozen" picture on the right, while the current program continues on the left. This function only works in normal view mode; if you are in Twin View mode already, it will not work.

Video Mode: You can select Vivid, Standard, Mild, or Pro. The Vivid setting enhances picture contrast and sharpness. The Standard setting displays a standard picture for normal viewing environments. The Mild setting smoothes the outline of the digital image. The Pro setting displays a picture with minimum enhancements.

Screen Mode Option: You can select a default screen mode to use for 4:3 sources. While watching a channel, you can use the Wide Mode button to cycle through the wide screen modes. If the 4:3 Default is set to anything but Off, the wide screen mode setting changes only for the current channel. When you change channels, the wide mode is automatically replaced with the 4:3 Default setting. You can choose from the following screen mode options:

  • Wide Zoom: select to enlarge the 4:3 size picture, while the upper and lower parts of the picture are condensed to fit the 16:9 screen
  • Normal: returns the 4:3 picture to normal mode
  • Full: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the wide screen
  • Zoom: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally and vertically to an equal aspect ratio that fills the 16:9 screen

Sound Effects: To enhance the sound, you can select TruSurround, which adds a three-dimensional sound to stereo programs, or Simulated, which adds a surround-like effect to mono-channel programs. The sound effects can be turned off.

Timers: This unit has two timers that can be set by day, time, duration, and channel.

Memory Stick Playback (JPEG): This television has a front-panel Memory Stick slot to let you easily view your JPEG images. You can choose from an index of the images stored on the Memory Stick, or you can run a slideshow of those images. You can also customize the features of the slideshow by selecting the length of time that each image is displayed, toggling the display of file information, and rotating each image. 

Note: The TV's Memory Stick viewer is compatible with Memory Sticks up to and including 128MB. It is not compatible with Memory Sticks that exceed 128MB.

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of A/V components, including VCRs, DVD players, cable boxes, and satellite receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Video 7 DVI/HDTV Input: This input consists of stereo RCA jacks and a DVI HDTV terminal. The DVI HDTV terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The DVI HDTV input terminal is compliant with the EIA-861 standard and is not intended for use with personal computers.

Note: The DVI input will accept 1080i, 720p, and 480p.

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