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Input Needed.....Buying an HDTV.....

RyanLec84
01-02-2006, 08:25 PM
Hello all! This will be my first time buying an HDTV. I decided to go with a CRT HDTV. I have a few questions.

1.I've been looking at the Sony KV34HS420.But it only has 480p.Are there any CRT sets out there that are 16:9 and have 1080i plus 720p or more?(If there is a more).

2.Is 720p better than 480p?

3.I have noticed a few people having problems with "lines" in/on the screen of their Sony KV34HS420's.What is that all about and should I be weary of the problem/this model?If so could you recommend other models?

4.What's better?1080i or 720p?

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.Thank you ever so much. :)

borromini
01-02-2006, 08:39 PM
No consumer CRT HDTVs in 720p. You would need an expensive CRT monitor...not worth it. 1080i on the Sony model you're looking at is good enough.

The lines on the screen are a non-issue and not alway noticable. It's part of the picture tube design...don't worry about it. Don't know if your decision on the HS420 is based on budget. If not...look at Sony's XS955 model as well...better picture tube.

RyanLec84
01-02-2006, 08:44 PM
Thanks for the info.Yeah my decision on the KV34HS420 was based on budget but I will look at the other Sony model.

I was also looking at the Toshiba 34HF85.How is this set?

How is the picture of the Toshiba compared to the Sony?And are there any drawbacks of the Toshiba over the Sony?

Also,I have had problems with Sony products in the past.From their CD players to their DVD players.Is Sony a trustworthy brand for TV's?

UPDATE: Thanks for the info borromini!I did a search and I'm realy digging the Sony 36XS955!Curious though,all the sites say this CRT set has 720p and 1080i!??!

The only bummer is that it's 4:3 not 16:9.

RSawdey
01-02-2006, 11:02 PM
Ability to accept a signal format is not the same as natively displaying that format. With 1080i native sets, 720p signals are format converted to 1080i for display.

I'd avoid the 4:3 set, they're a PITA to use and don't have great quality in either mode - doesn't make sense to show the image with 6 times the detail in the middle 3/4 of the screen, while showing the lesser quality image the largest.

RyanLec84
01-03-2006, 03:08 PM
Thanks for the info RSawdey!And you were right.....I reread the desription for the Sony 36XS955 and it states that it accepts a 720p signal but only displays 1080i and 480p.

Are there any CRT HDTV's that are 16:9 and bigger than 34"?

I'm just thinking "the hell with it" and going with the Sony KV34HS420.But now I discovered the Toshiba 34HF85.Not sure which one to go with.

Also,I was told that a signal sent from an HDMI output from a DVD player is converted to analog before going into the TV via the HDMI input and that there is no visual difference between component and HDMI.Is this true?

Someone at Bose told me this.

borromini
01-03-2006, 03:20 PM
I was referring to the 34" XS955 model. It's the same as the 36" model only better because it's 16:9. :)

Unfortunately there are no HDTV 16:9 models larger than 34".

RyanLec84
01-03-2006, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the heads up borromini!I was headed over here to say that I had found the 34XS955 and am really digging this set when I saw your post.

It's a little more money than the Sony KV34HS420 but I think it's worth it.I think I might go with this one.

borromini
01-03-2006, 03:49 PM
I think the upgrade in picture tube is worth it! Let us know how it goes. Good luck.

RyanLec84
01-03-2006, 03:53 PM
Thanks for all your help borromini,I will keep you posted.

This will be my first time buying a Sony TV.I hope it works out well.And better than my Sony DVD player that only plays the DVD's it wants and my Sony CD Walkman with skipping and sound issues.Oh well.LOL.

I like the Sony's features.

RyanLec84
01-03-2006, 07:09 PM
Ok gents,another question. :hithere:

What's the difference between the Sony 34XS955 and the Sony KD34XBR960?Except for the price :p

PRS4
01-03-2006, 10:55 PM
Ok gents,another question. :hithere:

What's the difference between the Sony 34XS955 and the Sony KD34XBR960?Except for the price :p

This topic has been posted too many times, but basically, KD34XBR960 has the following additional features.

- TwinView Picture & Picture
- 3 i.Link (firewire) ports
- Twice the warranty

You can see the comparison of these TV at glance here.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-pR7jJzhXckg/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=148350&id=features_and_specs&i=158KD34XS9#Tab

berriman
01-04-2006, 01:32 PM
The big drawback to a 34" wide is the size of 4"3 programming, ....approximately the same as viewing on a 27" or 28" TV.

I don't know about anyone else, but I've had a 32" TV for 10 years now and cannot even begin to fathom watching TV at 27" today.

The fact that 4:3 programming (SD) is still very prevalent,and will be for some time entirely prevents me from getting overly giddy about the 34" wides.

Other than that, they have everything going for them, imo.

good luck. I'm still on the fence on what to buy, if anything at this time.

I still love the idea of a 42" HD plasma (or LCD) for DVDs and HDTV, ....however, I am still very concerned that SD programming will look poor compared to even my 9 year old 32" Toshiba CRT. Noone that I know of is even asserting that these large screen HDTVs will show SD programming at a quality level AT LEAST equal to what I have now.

It's always, "hey man, HD is the wave of the future...get on now! Forget SD."

lol

my, oh my. what to do.

rbinck
01-04-2006, 02:27 PM
Noone that I know of is even asserting that these large screen HDTVs will show SD programming at a quality level AT LEAST equal to what I have now.

It will not be the TV that will give you bad SD, it is the sources. Cable and satellite, specifically, compress their signals so much that blowing them up to HD resolutions really mess up the picture. Check out DVDs on the TV and you will see it is pretty good. OTA digital SD (usually upconverted to HD) also will look very good.

You probably will be better served staying with your 32" SD TV that does not have to scale the 480i up causing a multipling of the compression artifacts, particularly if you watch a lot of SD, but bear in mind it is not the TV that causes the bad picture it is the source.

Don't get me wrong, it really does not matter what the problem is when you are watching TV, the bottom line is a SD TV will do a better job on the compressed, or analog, SD than a HDTV will. That's why I have a 27" analog TV I use to watch satellite SD on.

RyanLec84
01-04-2006, 03:16 PM
I will not have a problem watching cable as I will be using my 27" Philips for that.

The primary reason I'm buying an HDTV is for video games-(the next-gen consles XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3)-and for movies.

RyanLec84
01-04-2006, 03:20 PM
This topic has been posted too many times, but basically, KD34XBR960 has the following additional features.

- TwinView Picture & Picture
- 3 i.Link (firewire) ports
- Twice the warranty

You can see the comparison of these TV at glance here.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-pR7jJzhXckg/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=148350&id=features_and_specs&i=158KD34XS9#Tab

Thanks for the info on the KD34XBR960 PRS4!I have no use for PIP,FireWire Ports and twice the warranty is no big deal.If those are the only differences I'll stick with the 34XS955.I'm not paying $600 more for features I wont use.I only asked thinking maybe there was a difference with the picture tube.