Sony Updated: 2008-09-04 RSS

Take the next step forward in HDTV technology with the KDL-55XBR8 BRAVIA® XBR® LCD flat panel HDTV. In addition to Full HD 1080p, this XBR-8 Series TV features TRILUMINOS® RGB Dynamic LED backlight which produces breathtaking images with enhanced color purity that result in deep blacks and bright whites with startling depth and exceptional shadow detail. You'll also see the difference with Motionflow™ 120Hz PRO technology which enhances motion and delivers a smoother and clearer picture. Your 1080p HD images will look more breathtaking than ever thanks to the BRAVIA Engine™ 2 PRO fully digital video processor. This XBR-8 Series TV has DMex™ functionality which lets you expand the capabilities of your HDTV by adding optional BRAVIA® Link modules (sold separately), plus it comes with plenty of connectivity options to connect your video sources.

16:9 Full HD 1080p Resolution Panel
16:9 Full HD 1080p resolution panel (1920 x 1080) accepts any HDTV signal and renders it with optimum resolution.

TRILUMINOS® RGB Dynamic LED Backlight
TRILUMINOS® RGB LED backlight technology aligns individual clusters of red, green, and blue LEDs to produce a significantly higher purity of primary colors than single white LED backlights, resulting in more accurate color reproduction. This clustered arrangement also allows the XBR®8 to adjust the brightness of the backlight in units of small blocks, so it can display deep blacks in one portion of the screen and bright whites in another, producing images with enhanced depth, three-dimensionality and exceptionally accurate shadow detail. And, because it uses LEDs rather than the fluorescent tubes found in many HDTVs, the TRILUMINOS® RGB Dynamic LED backlight also promises exceptionally long life.

BRAVIA Engine™ 2 PRO
BRAVIA Engine™ 2 PRO is Sony's most advanced video processing system, utilizing the latest generation of Digital Reality Creation technology to render a supremely sharp, crystal clear image from any video resolution.

Motionflow™ 120Hz PRO technology
Motionflow™ 120Hz PRO technology couples a high 120Hz frame rate with sequential scanning technology, which controls the backlight to horizontally divide frames and reduce visual flickering. The combination of high frame rate and sequential scanning significantly reduces source image blur and judder in film sources, HD content, broadcast movies, and primetime programming, and helps create smoother, more fluid motion for a natural and realistic viewing experience.

10-bit processor / 10-bit panel:
The BRAVIA® XBR®8-Series HDTV combines a 10-bit processor and 10-bit panel to create and display billions of colors. Using both a 10-bit processor and 10-bit panel allows for 64 times the level of color expression in 8-bit panels, resulting in smoother color transitions and helping to avoid giving the picture a "paint-by-numbers" look.

Live Color Creation™ technology
Live Color Creation™ technology utilizes special processing to refine colors and deliver a more realistic picture.

x.v.Color™ technology
x.v.Color™ technology2 adopts the x.v.YCC international color standard to display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than the existing RGB color standard.

Dynamic Video Noise Reduction
Dynamic Video Noise Reduction adaptive technology analyzes the motion, sharpness, and brightness of each scene in real time to identify various types of noise and reduce unwanted artifacts without compromising the video signal.

24p True Cinema™ capable
24p True Cinema™ mode enables you to enjoy films at their intended 24 fps (frames per second) when viewed using a 24p capable output device, such as a Blu-ray Disc™ player.

DMex™ enabled:
DMex™ functionality expands your HDTV's capabilities by letting you connect optional BRAVIA® Link modules, including the BRAVIA Internet Video Link, BRAVIA DVD Link, BRAVIA Wireless Link, and BRAVIA Input Link (all sold separately).

The DIGITAL MEDIA PORT connection allows the use of an optional DIGITAL MEDIA PORT cradle to connect digital devices directly to your BRAVIA® HDTV.

BRAVIA® Sync capability allows you to control CEC-enabled components connected via HDMI™ input. Use your BRAVIA® HDTV remote control to play Blu-ray Disc™ or DVD movies, access home theater settings, and even operate compatible Handycam® camcorders with a convenient on-screen display.

DLNA® compliant
DLNA® (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliance allows BRAVIA® XBR®8-Series HDTVs to access digital photos from DLNA-enabled PCs and other devices.

PhotoTV HD
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, Full HD 1920x1080p images with the PhotoTV HD5 mode. PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your BRAVIA® XBR®8-Series HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that more closely match the look of printed photographs.

Xross Media Bar™ (XMB™) user interface
Xross Media Bar™ (XMB™) makes it simple and intuitive to navigate the television's menus, controls, and user settings.

TV Guide® Interactive Program Guide
Sony® has integrated the TV Guide® Interactive Program Guide into the exclusive Xross Media Bar™ user interface to deliver regularly updated program listings.

Favorites & Photo Slideshow functions with rich 3D graphics
Favorites and Photo Slideshow functions feature rich 3D graphics that make it easy and fun to quickly access video content and digital photos to share with family and friends.

Ample Connection Options
BRAVIA® XBR®8-Series LCD HDTVs offers four HDMI™ inputs (up to 1080/60p capable) that transmit uncompressed digital video and multi-channel audio over one cable, as well as two HD component connections (1080/60p capable), giving you the flexibility you need to connect the latest video sources.

PC Input x1:
A PC input connector (HD-15 pin) allows you to connect your PC (up to 1920x1080p resolution) and use the BRAVIA® XBR®8-Series HDTV as a computer monitor.

RS-232C Control
RS-232C connectivity enables you to operate your BRAVIA® HDTV using home control and automation systems.

VESA® compatible hole spacing
VESA® compatible hole spacing uses an industry-standard mounting hole pattern that can be used with VESA-compliant mounting brackets, taking the guesswork out of selecting the proper hardware for hanging your TV on the wall.