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November 30, 2007

See The Sony XEL-1 OLED TV Unpacked And In Action

Update: Sony XEL-1 OLED TV is currently available on ebay!

One of the most anticipated TV product releases of 2007 was the Sony XEL-1 OLED TV, of which 2000 units recently hit shelves in Japan. While most of us obviously won't be seeing one of these for a long while, we've found some great photos that show the XEL-1 from box to operational. Check them out.


Still In The Box



Seems To Be Well Protected With Another Box Inside The First Box


The XEL-1 Is Out Of The Box And Covered In Suede!


The Full Contents Of The Box


The Remote Is Only 10mm Thin And The XEL-1 Sits At 3mm Thin


Fire It Up!


A Look At 1000000:1 Contrast Ratio

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Posted by Justin Davey at November 30, 2007 10:57 AM

Recent Comments

Sony have done it again
A great tv for bedroom/kitchen
A tech wonder
And a xel-2 is on its way with a larger display

Posted by: edd at July 29, 2009 5:20 AM

I'm sure this tv is nice and all but for the price that it is at the size that it is... In my opinion not worth buying. I do however have the Sony 56" Bravia that I purchased for a little more then $1200.00 which i think is way better then this tv. Who cares if it's 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio? Like big deal the screen is that thin. It's no different then it being like my tv, except that the components on this one are not attached to the actual screen.

Posted by: name not important at March 17, 2008 3:29 PM

What a waste of web bandwidth. A few pics and no review

Posted by: Chad at December 4, 2007 12:36 PM

@jason: Really EXPENSIVE plasmas and LCDs (such as those with LCD backlighting) have contrast ratios approaching those of CRT displays. Most people do not have anything that even comes close.

CRT also doesn't need any help (like darkening certain areas of the screen or crunching levels) to get its pure blacks... it's the nature of the technology, just like OLED.

Posted by: Matt at December 3, 2007 5:27 PM

Jesus Christ.

Don't you people know a damn thing about JPEG compression?!


Posted by: paul at December 2, 2007 5:06 PM

well i can sort of see black, but my monitor only has a 5000:1 contrast. i would need to c it in person.

Posted by: Simon at December 2, 2007 12:43 PM

MrSatyre, your comment makes a bit more sense knowing you saw the display in person, but I don't understand why you would expect to see less banding on a high-ratio display.

No matter what your contrast range is, you're still displaying the same number of discrete shades of grey, given a standard graphics card with a fixed bit depth. A higher contrast will just make those shades more distinct from each other and increase the perceived banding.

Posted by: J.F. Richard at December 2, 2007 1:07 AM

Alex, I have seen it in person. It's very, very impressive, but it still shows banding. And FYI, I'm a PDP and OLED display manufacturer, so I know all about what my computer screen can reproduce. ;-)

Posted by: MrSatyre at December 1, 2007 11:11 PM

This, obviously, isnt marketed towards the average consumer. They probably could have gone with a 1" OLED display, but why would they when they could go the same size for the same price (with the new technology) or probably cheaper. This is marketed to be the first of its kind, its obviously going to be outrageously high priced. When OLED are about the same price as LCDs or DLPs now i imagine youll consider buying know. The reason i havent considered LCD/Plasma is because they arent thin enough to be a deciding factor. Have you seen one of these in person? Something that thin is impressive, something with that much contrast ratio, in person, is impressive. Go start fud elsewhere.

Posted by: Treefingers at December 1, 2007 8:45 PM

Do I care how thin it needs to be---lets just say 1'' is fine, what a waste of time. Great contrast, so what. How much extra does this cost? Oh I'm sorry Isn't Sony complaining about margins- Visio. This great company is so lost its becoming amusing.

Posted by: gt350 at December 1, 2007 8:18 PM

One of the first things I noticed when looking at the picture of the XEL-1 was the gray banding. I'm not sure what to make of it, but definitely don't count on your computer screen to do it justice. The squaring of the gray makes me wonder if it's a still image on the screen. One thing that is a for sure from the computer pictures is the contrast between the deep black and bright white on the XEL-1 is HUGE!

Posted by: Justin at December 1, 2007 5:58 PM

crts are not any longer superior in their contrast ratios. the lcd/plasmas are nearly as good, and in some cases, as good as CRTs.

Posted by: jason at December 1, 2007 5:26 PM

I'm using a crt so my contrast is by far superior to any lcd/plasma out there.

Posted by: Ryoma-Echizen at December 1, 2007 4:58 PM

Actually, thats a pretty silly comment saying you should see grey on your home monitor if its looking at something that can display a much higher contrast. A more correct statement would be to observer the blackest black you can see, then see if the screen looks as dark. If it does, then its obviously got a better range than your monitor and you can't make a judgement. BUT, since the frame of the monitor OBVIOUSLY looks darker than anything being displayed on the screen, then it has to do with the source.

Either its not even close to 1000000:1 or something else is wrong. Possibilities include, bad photography, maybe the exposure of the screen was somehow effected by the camera OR possibly the source material data did not include true black.

My bet is its the obvious, its not really as black as it should be.

Posted by: Jake at December 1, 2007 4:46 PM

You know, even with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, that screen is still displaying images that probably only have 8 bits per component.

So, even when you see it in person, that dark grey will be darker, but the banding will still be there and will probably be even more noticeable than on a stardard screen.

Posted by: J.F. Richard at December 1, 2007 3:07 PM

Well one can see your point, when talking windows most often the computer display is 24/32bit, but the graphics cards CAN actually do more I understand, just not on the windows display.
Perhaps a player that plays fullscreen can access the graphicscard to make it display more bits per pixel though.
Plus this is a TV, with its own tuner, so the question is what are the capabilities of the broadcast and tuner in that regard, or the standalone blu-ray/HD-DVD player.

Posted by: Wwhat at December 1, 2007 3:06 PM

quote alex
You can't actually see 1,000,000:1 here. Your computer screen isn't 1,000,000:1 so it can't replicate the picture. You are going to see gray banding. Go look at one in person. If you listen to dolby digitl THX through 15$ head phones of course it is going to sound the same.

haha, i was like, thats gray, then i read your post and felt like a retard lol, i well want to see one i nperson now, but i think everyone thinking "i can see gray" lol

Posted by: g3RC4n at December 1, 2007 12:21 PM

You can't actually see 1,000,000:1 here. Your computer screen isn't 1,000,000:1 so it can't replicate the picture. You are going to see gray banding. Go look at one in person. If you listen to dolby digitl THX through 15$ head phones of course it is going to sound the same.

Posted by: Alex at December 1, 2007 12:17 PM

Whats the point of it being so thin when you have a great big walloping base sat underneath! If it cant hang on the wall and the footprint is such that it takes up more room than a traditional plasma or LCD ... what the heck is the point?

Posted by: Chad at December 1, 2007 11:59 AM

MrSatyre, unless you have a 1,000,000:1 contrast monitor in front of your eyes you will always see gray banding in pictures posted on the internet with your screen.

Posted by: MrSatyre at December 1, 2007 11:55 AM

Yet another example that contrast ratios from manufacturers don't mean spit. I can still see gray banding on this so-called 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio display. What were the tools used to arrive at such a figure (measuring equipment, test patterns and sequence, ambient lighting conditions, etc.)? We'll never know.

Posted by: MrSatyre at December 1, 2007 11:28 AM
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