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 Post subject: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2018, 05:54 
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I was rummaging through a thrift store today and found a strange, white box. It was a Sony MBD-XBR950. I had no idea what it was, it had Digital Media Receiver and WEGA Engine printed on it. $20 with a three-day return policy so I bought it. I got it home, disconnected the Lumagen Vision HDP, and plugged it in between the CLD-79 and the Canon X700. I didn't have a remote, so I fumbled through the menu until I found the correct input setting, and a picture appeared. A really amazing picture! I don't know what this thing was made for, but it has a great 3D comb filter in it. I'm using composite in and DVI out, adjusted it to 4:3, with max noise reduction. The picture is brilliant.

Please let me know if you find a manual for it, and/or you want to buy a Vision HDP.
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PostPosted: 27 Jul 2018, 07:54 
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It looks like it was always bundled with a SONY screen, explaining why you can't find a manual for it online easily.

=> https://docs.sony.com/release/KDE55XBR950.pdf

SONY APPLIANCE MODEL NO.
KDE42XBR950 (consists of PDM-4210 and MBD-XBR950)
KDE50XBR950 (consists of PDM-5010 and MBD-XBR950)
KDE55XBR950 (consists of PDM-5510 and MBD55XBR950)
KDE61XBR950 (consists of PDM-6110 and MBD-XBR950)

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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2018, 17:49 
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Yeah the Sony WEGA line with XBR brand have AMAZING comb filters.

Looks like it's a Plasma TV with a resolution of 1365x768.

I've found that Plasmas do LD pretty darn well. Nice find!
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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2018, 18:09 
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Thanks. Makes sense now. It's like the guts of a Sont Wega without the screen. This is by far the best my LDs have ever looked, and projected at 110". Here are the published features:

WEGA Engine™: Delivers superb picture quality from any video source by minimizing the signal deterioration caused by digital-to-analog conversion and stabilizing the signal processing. This engine features unique Sony technology, including:
• The first step in the digital processing system, Composite Component Processor2 (CCP2), which enhances input signal to noise ratio by chroma decoder digital processing;
• DRC® (Digital Reality Creation)-MF V1: Unlike conventional line doublers, the DRC Multifunction feature replaces the signal’s NTSC waveform with the near-HD equivalent by digital mapping processing. The DRC Palette option lets you customize the level of detail (Reality) and smoothness (Clarity) to create up to three custom palettes.
• Multi-Image Driver (MID™-XU): Allows you to watch two
programs side by side (Twin View™). You can watch pictures from two different sources (1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i) simultaneously. Only the left Twin View window can display 1080i, 720p, and 480p sources.
• Newly developed PDP driver IC: Achieves high-precision gamma characteristics, using Sony’s unique digital technology. Fine gradation of dark scenes, which is not possible with conventional PDP, is realized by greatly enhancing resolution in the low brightness range.
- BN Smoother™: Reduces the block noise caused by digital video encoding and decoding process.
- CineMotion™: 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.
- Wide Screen Mode: Watch conventional 4:3 aspect ratio broadcasts in wide screen (16:9) mode
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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2018, 18:12 
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They even have codes for the remote controls to turn it compatible with 3 brands of LD players:

  • SONY = 701
  • PANASONIC = 704,710
  • PIONEER = 702

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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2018, 18:51 
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I want one of those.
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PostPosted: 27 Jul 2018, 19:12 
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Getting something better than a Lumagen for $20, you made off like a bandit.

I want one of those too now :(
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PostPosted: 28 Jul 2018, 01:37 
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The features sound exactly like the XBR960 guts as far as I can tell, and that’s my LD display. It would be great to have that stuff not shackled to a 250 lb tube.
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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 29 Jul 2018, 12:27 
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I guess since I have an actual XBR (KVHR) I don't need one of these. Thank you God. :cool:

I'm not religious. but if there is a God I want to thank him for my video hardware.
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PostPosted: 29 Jul 2018, 14:44 
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No. It’s because you have one of those that you DO want this. The reason is that our big tubes will die or more likely the drivers will. If you have the headless version you can combo it with almost any quality display regardless of its features and still get good results, potentially much better. As you sit how, you’re screwed when that set dies.
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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 31 Jul 2018, 01:07 
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Found a cheap one on Ebay. Decided to get it.

Really love the comb filter in the WEGAs that I had, so if this has the same filter, I'll be ecstatic.
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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2018, 04:15 
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Here's a service manual for it - https://elektrotanya.com/sony-kde-42xbr ... nload.html

It has a CXD3802BQ 3D comb filter :thumbup:
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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2018, 15:22 
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Hope that's the same comb filters used in Sony's XBR, Hi-Scan and SuperFine Pitch WEGAs!
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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2018, 06:49 
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Okay, so I got the box and hooked it up to my bedroom LEDTV with the DVI output using a Pearstone Male DVI-D to Female HDMI and plugged my Panasonic LX-900 into the box via composite (of course) and queued up the Snell & Wilcox test pattern from Video Essentials.

Good news - the comb filter performs exactly as it does in the XBR, Hi-Scan and SuperFinePitch WEGAs if not better.

Bad news - for some reason it sorta squeezes the image off to the left a couple inches or so. Tried changing the zoom and 4:3 settings, to no avail. Though it might be an issue with the LD player at first (you know that one problem that is reported of the early LX-900's and Runco LJR models of a portion of the right side of the image being cut off), but then I plugged a DVD recorder into the box via component and had the same problem.

I'm guessing it might be a problem with the DVI-D adapter I used. I have a DVI to HDMI cable at work. I'll try that and see if that changes things.
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 Post subject: Re: Sony MBD-XBR950
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2018, 10:35 
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Interesting. Thanks for the update.

Have you tried putting the XBR950's signal through a scaler to rectify the distorted portion of the widescreen image?
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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2018, 13:24 
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I ordered one of these and I am able to test through a processor to correct zoom.

I think your problem is the 900, I can't believe no one talks about the huge chunk of the image that they cut off on the right side...

Anyone know what resolution it outputs and is it adjustable?
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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2018, 13:35 
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pbiancardi wrote:
I ordered one of these and I am able to test through a processor to correct zoom.

I think your problem is the 900, I can't believe no one talks about the huge chunk of the image that they cut off on the right side...

Anyone know what resolution it outputs and is it adjustable?

Well, like I said, the box did the same thing when I plugged in a DVD recorder via component, so it's not the LD player.

As far as the resolution goes, I'm surmising that since the Plasma monitor it was specifically made for had a native resolution of 1365x768, that's the resolution it outputs.
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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2018, 14:07 
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Interesting. Thanks for the update.

Have you tried putting the XBR950's signal through a scaler to rectify the distorted portion of the widescreen image?

I don't have any standalone scalers other than DVD recorders. And none of those take HDMI or DVI as an input :lol:
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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2018, 15:49 
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elahrairrah wrote:
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Interesting. Thanks for the update.

Have you tried putting the XBR950's signal through a scaler to rectify the distorted portion of the widescreen image?

I don't have any standalone scalers other than DVD recorders. And none of those take HDMI or DVI as an input :lol:


Sorry I didn't fully read your post, seems strange shouldn't 1366x768 fill a 16x9 screen? Either way I'm excited to test this, I've always thought there was a cheap LD holy grail box out there and this sounds promising.
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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2018, 19:20 
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pbiancardi wrote:
Sorry I didn't fully read your post, seems strange shouldn't 1366x768 fill a 16x9 screen? Either way I'm excited to test this, I've always thought there was a cheap LD holy grail box out there and this sounds promising.

It does, but the box (thankfully accessible on the unit itself--remote not necessary) has settings you can toggle so you can display a 4:3 image normally (ie: sideboxed) while the display reads it as 1365x768 16:9
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