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New Sony coming out 34XBR970

Mick
03-06-2006, 10:31 AM
Saw this morning on Sony's web site, looks like the replacement for the 960 model. IT'S ONLY $1,199!! It looks like it's exactly the same as the 960 but way cheaper. Says they will start shipping this month. Glad I waited on this, I was afraid they were phasing these CRT outs. They are the best HDTV's out there.

waltchan
03-06-2006, 12:50 PM
Saw this morning on Sony's web site, looks like the replacement for the 960 model. IT'S ONLY $1,199!! It looks like it's exactly the same as the 960 but way cheaper. Says they will start shipping this month. Glad I waited on this, I was afraid they were phasing these CRT outs. They are the best HDTV's out there.
The XBR 970 does not have a super fine pitch tube. It's a step-down model from the XBR960.

Mick
03-06-2006, 01:13 PM
Since it is carrying the XBR tag, it's hard to believe that it doesn't have the same tube (even though they are not spec as such). It also carries the same 2 year warranty parts and labor as the 960. They still have some inventory of old sets they are trying to sell. It will be interesting to see some reviews on this set when they are tested. Either way it appears to be a hecka buy. :yippee:

ardvark
03-06-2006, 04:42 PM
This TV is worth waiting for. A SOny rep told me about it 2 weeks ago and I am just waiting for it to be shipped for retail. You gotta love the 2 year warranty.

Porcupine
03-06-2006, 04:47 PM
Well, if you don't believe that the XBR960 does not have the Super Fine Pitch tube, just go and check in stores with your own eyes when it comes out...who knows what the truth will be...

BrianO
03-06-2006, 06:14 PM
Sony USA has discontinued all TV's with a screen size 25" or larger that had NTSC tuners but lacked ATSC tuners in order to comply with FCC mandates concerning digital tuners*. The KD34XBR970 is one of the new models involved. It is really nothing more than an improved version of the now-discontinued KV34HS420N with a digital tuner added. It is priced the same as the HS420.

The KD34XBR970 lacks many of the features found in both the now-discontinued KD34XBR960N and the soon-to-be-discontinued KD34XS955N. Speciifically, it lacks the Superfinepitch CRT, Cablecard slot, Memory Stick Reader and sub-woofer of both those models and has only 1 RF input rather than 2. It also lacks the extra features that the XBR960 model had: Twin-View and i.LINK(Firewire).


Note:

* The tunerless (no NTSC or ATSC tuner) Bravia HD Monitors introduced recently are part of this revamping.

Mick
03-06-2006, 06:47 PM
Sony has always been very proud of the XBR tag on their tube TV's. I find it hard to believe that they would take a HS420 type and put a XBR tag on it. They have never done that before. It will be interesting to see show it tests.
This is a "mature" technology for Sony, so it's not surprising to see this TV at this price.

borromini
03-06-2006, 09:41 PM
Sony's model numbering has gone wacko if the 970 truly lacks the quality and features of the 960. Talk about confusing or misleading the public.

BrianO
03-06-2006, 11:57 PM
Sony has always been very proud of the XBR tag on their tube TV's. I find it hard to believe that they would take a HS420 type and put a XBR tag on it. They have never done that before. It will be interesting to see show it tests.
This is a "mature" technology for Sony, so it's not surprising to see this TV at this price.

This set will be Sony's top of the line CRT set once the XS955 line is discontinued. (My Sony contact says the production of the XS955 has already stopped but they still have a significant inventory on hand). That top of the line status plus its 2-year warranty is why it has been given the XBR tag.

As for its price, it is the same as that for the less capable set that it is replacing. It is also $800 cheaper than the KD34XS955 and $1000 cheaper than the KD34XBR960 were when they were introduced less than 2 years ago ($500 and $700 cheaper than the latest/last prices for those sets). If past trends in Sony's pricing are followed with this set, the Sony price will drop to under $1000 by September, if not sooner.

bboncorr
03-07-2006, 12:29 AM
im wondering if best buy will be getting this tv when it comes out. or we will have to wait.

borromini
03-07-2006, 07:31 AM
This set will be Sony's top of the line CRT set once the XS955 line is discontinued. (My Sony contact says the production of the XS955 has already stopped but they still have a significant inventory on hand). That top of the line status plus its 2-year warranty is why it has been given the XBR tag.

As for its price, it is the same as that for the less capable set that it is replacing. It is also $800 cheaper than the KD34XS955 and $1000 cheaper than the KD34XBR960 were when they were introduced less than 2 years ago ($500 and $700 cheaper than the latest/last prices for those sets). If past trends in Sony's pricing are followed with this set, the Sony price will drop to under $1000 by September, if not sooner. If the 970 has the same tube as the XS955 then the "XBR" moniker makes sense, but if it truly has the same quality tube as the HS420 models, then the "XBR" moniker has lost its value. In the past, the use of "XBR" was about the top-quality model for that technology. Now it means "the only one left" after the discontinuation of the XS955 and XBR960 models. :(

Mick
03-07-2006, 08:57 AM
It is very hard to find even one 960 or 955 in my area. So, they have certainly stopped shipped those units. So, IF the 970 doesn't have the super fine tube (they don't advertise it in specs), I guess they will have stopped making those tubes?? Hard for me to believe that after they spent so much money developing those tubes.

BrianO
03-07-2006, 04:40 PM
If the 970 has the same tube as the XS955 then the "XBR" moniker makes sense, but if it truly has the same quality tube as the HS420 models, then the "XBR" moniker has lost its value. In the past, the use of "XBR" was about the top-quality model for that technology. Now it means "the only one left" after the discontinuation of the XS955 and XBR960 models. :(

I agree. I find the new set somewhat disappointing.

ja2935
03-07-2006, 08:52 PM
The fact of the matter is, CRTs are not the way forward as far as the industry is concerned - HD CRTs are not even sold in Europe!

Current XBR owners should feel lucky they bought when they did - in the same way as I do for getting the last Toshiba built 34" before their production all went to Orion.

This Sony will probably be the last one they make.