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Differences in 34" Sony Models...

sheetdaddy
12-07-2005, 02:53 PM
Hey all, I'm new to the forums and relatively new to the HDTV world. I recently picked up a 30" Samsung SlimFit in which i was unsatisfied with due to it being too small for my living room, so I returned it.

Now I am interested in the 34" widescreen Sony models. My issue is that the KD-34XBR960 model (which seems to be highly recommended on this site) costs $500 more than the KV-34HS420 model.

Picture quality is my main concern, how do the two models compare?

Is the high dollar model worth the extra cash?

What will I be missing out on if I choose the HS420?

I am primarily concerned with picture quality of Adelphia high def cable channels and XBOX 360, not concerned at all about sound quality.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Sero73
12-07-2005, 03:52 PM
I would suggest the KD 34XS955 as it falls in between the XBR960 and HS420 in price; however, it contains the same CRT gun and Super Fine Pitch resolution as the XBR. The only difference between the XS and XBR is the XBR has PIP and a firewire port. Hope this helps. As a KD 34XS955 owner I am quite satisfied with this product.

leevitalone
12-07-2005, 06:55 PM
go with what sero says. I have the 34" and wish I had $ for the XS. the color quality is really strong, and clear. As far as I'm concerned you can't beat a Sony for PQ. I have a 20". 27" 36" and my 34"HD and a Sony digital video cam. I know manufacturers are catching up but not quite yet. I went with Sony to start by having them put evey other Tv next to a Sony to compare. now I have 5.

RSawdey
12-08-2005, 01:48 AM
With that digital video cam, you need to get the XBR with the Firewire port...

AgentIce
01-14-2006, 08:23 AM
I was looking at the XS955 as well but where can you buy it? Best buy and circuit city only seem to carry the hs420 and the xbr... and I'm a bit nervous about buying a tv that big online.

Tower
01-14-2006, 09:22 AM
Crutchfield is selling the XS955 with no shipping or tax for just over $1500. Mine is being delivered today as a matter of fact! 30 day price guarantee as well (I'm hoping they drop their price). If you do end up buying from them you can give them my referral code and get $20 off (I get $20 off next order for referring you) if you're interested. Not much but better than nothing. I looked at other online site but the reviews weren't good and I didn't find this tv locally. I also asked them if they could go any lower on the tv price and the rep applied some $40 coupon so the total is $1509 delivered. Let me know if you want to take advantage of the $20 thing.

bruegf
01-14-2006, 09:33 AM
Crutchfield is selling the XS955 with no shipping or tax for just over $1500.

But you can buy the xbr960 for only $100 more from top tier internet dealers and you get a 2 year parts and 2 year labor warranty compared to the 1 year parts and 90 day labor for the xs 955.

Fred

Tower
01-14-2006, 12:31 PM
What site is that?

bruegf
01-14-2006, 07:03 PM
B&H Photo www.bhphoto.com

Anie
01-21-2006, 01:50 AM
What site is that?

And the new KD-34XBR960N (anti-glare on the tube or something)
was $1600 including shipping across the US at abtelectronics.com
and they are a fantastic online store. They get raves from
customers. And now I know why. I bought a smaller Sony HDTV
and it was delivered, a hefty 111 lbs up a long flight of stairs.

10 days later and I decided I didn't like a couple of things about
it and asked if I could upgrade and swap. I didn't have the box
because the original truckers had taken it to put my old
tv in. They still allowed the swap and were constantly in contact
in email and on the phone. I would hear from people at
several points to keep me clear on what was happening.

When the truckers didn't deliver right away I emailed them
and got phone calls and emails the next day and it was delivered
right away. The truckers in our area probably hesitate to
deliver this 200-lb monster when they know there is a long
flight of stairs.

At any rate, I am currently very high on abt electronics.

- Anie in East Bay area, California

Anie
01-21-2006, 01:51 AM
But you can buy the xbr960 for only $100 more from top tier internet dealers and you get a 2 year parts and 2 year labor warranty compared to the 1 year parts and 90 day labor for the xs 955.

Fred

I'll add that the 2yr parts and 2yr labor warranty is
an IN-HOME one.

Another factor that influenced my buy...

GEJ
01-21-2006, 08:02 PM
ABT's website posts a price of $1,899, the same as SonyStyle.com.

http://www.abtelectronics.com/product/21097.html

Where did you find the lower price?

Thanks in advance....

diffstuff
02-06-2006, 09:23 PM
2In Phila area try following URL WWW.bestelectronicsbuys http://www.bestwebbuys.com/electronics/Sony_KD_34XBR960N I bought the 34xbr960n from hypeaudi and got a 5 yr in home with it for about the list price of 1899.00. We have a sony 50inch LCD projection in the living room and the 34xbr is for the bedroom.
We were going to get the less expensive ones but decided now that we are retired and all the kids are gone we can finally get what we want and the heck with it.
I was going to ask if anyone knew the difference between the 960 and the 960N. I have also found that the 960 is not called HDTV but the 960 N seems to be listed as HDTV. Anyone know the real difference between the two kd34XBS960 & 960N?

diffstuff
02-08-2006, 09:14 PM
And the new KD-34XBR960N (anti-glare on the tube or something)
was $1600 including shipping across the US at abtelectronics.com
and they are a fantastic online store. They get raves from
customers. And now I know why. I bought a smaller Sony HDTV
and it was delivered, a hefty 111 lbs up a long flight of stairs.

10 days later and I decided I didn't like a couple of things about
it and asked if I could upgrade and swap. I didn't have the box
because the original truckers had taken it to put my old
tv in. They still allowed the swap and were constantly in contact
in email and on the phone. I would hear from people at
several points to keep me clear on what was happening.

When the truckers didn't deliver right away I emailed them
and got phone calls and emails the next day and it was delivered
right away. The truckers in our area probably hesitate to
deliver this 200-lb monster when they know there is a long
flight of stairs.

At any rate, I am currently very high on abt electronics.

- Anie in East Bay area, California
anie
I ordered the xbr960n from Hype audo, if you go online you can reach them for more info.

pharmerphil
02-10-2006, 02:21 PM
I too am shopping for a Sony XBR960N. Hype Audio has it for around $1,577 which is about the best price I have found. Several people have warned me to be aware of the Brooklyn, NY. Electronic E-tailers as there have been a lot of buyers with very bad experiences. I want the best price I can get but don't want a lot of hassle, headaches, or problems. How was your buying experience with Hype Audio? Any delivery problems or anything that was a big negative? Crutchfield has a great reputation but their price is $1,899. ABT also has a good reputation but their price is $1,679. I don't mind paying a little extra premium to purchase from a reliable, reputable dealer. Just don't want to get burned trying to save a few $. Any info. you, or anyone else, can provide about the best place to buy a XBR960N will be appreciated.

BrianO
02-10-2006, 05:16 PM
I was going to ask if anyone knew the difference between the 960 and the 960N. I have also found that the 960 is not called HDTV but the 960 N seems to be listed as HDTV. Anyone know the real difference between the two kd34XBS960 & 960N?

Anyone who says the 960 is not an HDTV simply doesn't know what he/she is talking about. As far as I can tell there is NO difference between the 960 and the 960N except for the "N". Sony has added the "N" to all 3 of their 34" models. The downloadable manuals for all 3 models are identical to those that I downloaded in September 2004.