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Sony KD-34XBR960

JoeS
03-15-2006, 08:04 AM
Is this still the best tv available today?

Joe

malcolmd
03-15-2006, 11:10 AM
I think so, I bought one of the first 34XBR sets at least 5 years ago and paid almost 4 grand for it with the stand. My invetsment is finally paying off with digital cable. I think tube is the best way to go unless you need a monster screen.

BrianO
03-15-2006, 05:46 PM
Is this still the best tv available today?

Joe

If you can find one, buy it. The KD-34XBR960 has been discontinued and is no longer available directly from Sony. Production of its little brother, the KD-34XS955 has also ceased but it is still available from Sony in the USA while inventories last. Both sets feature the Superfinepitch CRT plus other features that the new KD-34XBR970 lacks.

Chris Gerhard
03-18-2006, 07:40 AM
The KD-34XBR960 is the best 34" display I have ever seen. It is difficult to get the geometry right on 34" CRT displays but worth it for the results. I am using the older 30" KV-30XBR910 in small room and still love it. I hope it never breaks down in my lifetime.

Chris

CatManDoo
03-18-2006, 08:32 AM
Is this still the best tv available today?

JoeWell, you're posting in a Direct View Tube thread so I would say yes. Often the word "best" can cause trouble but in this case it seems safe to say that. Sony's Super Fine Pitch on that set is outstanding and can't be beat. It's worth the extra money if you're sure that you'll be happy with a big, heavy, monster that has a relatively small viewable screen compared to other technologies. I got a 34" Zenith CRT almost 2 years ago. It was a really inexpensive way to get into HD with a high quality picture. I would have spent the extra $400-500 on the Sony but I knew then that I would replace it in a few years. If I had been planning on buying a "keeper", there was no question which way to go, and that's with the Sony. CRT's consistently and undeniably have the "best" picture, and Sony is THE top-of-the-line tube manufacturer. And they have a great track record in this area.

Having said this, I'll admit that the "best" display for me is the 50" Panny plasma that will be hanging on my living room wall as soon as 2-way CableCard is available. I don't care if it's 720p or, by the time CableCard 2.0 is available, probably 1080p. I'm willing to sacrifice a little bit in the way of picture quality for picture quantity. Plus, I can't wait to get the 250 LBs of TV and stand off the floor in favor of a wall mounted beauty. :yippee:

mathesar
03-19-2006, 07:52 PM
I just bought a 34XBR960N a couple weeks ago and it definitely has the best picture quality I've witnessed on a CRT HDTV.(Or any TV for that matter!) Xbox 360 & DVDs never looked better , Im coming from a Sony 32HS510 hdtv which also had a great picture but lacks the super fine pitch tube.

CatManDoo
03-19-2006, 09:16 PM
I just bought a 34XBR960N a couple weeks ago and it definitely has the best picture quality I've witnessed on a CRT HDTV.(Or any TV for that matter!) Xbox 360 & DVDs never looked better , Im coming from a Sony 32HS510 hdtv which also had a great picture but lacks the super fine pitch tube.
Where'd you get it? I just looked online at BB and CC but could not find a single listing for Sony 34" XBR's (or any Sony 34" for that matter).

Neither: Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat03002&type=category) nor: Circuit City (http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/catOid/-12868/N/20012866+20012867+40000129+20012868/link/ref/rpem/ccd/categorylist.do) Are they dumping inventory and getting out of the W/S CRT HDTV game?

BrianO
03-19-2006, 10:55 PM
Are they dumping inventory and getting out of the W/S CRT HDTV game?

Sony recently introduced the KD-34XBR970. It is available now at the same price as the discontinued KV-34HS420. When current stocks of the KD-34XS955 run out, the XBR970 will be the only widescreen CRT offered by Sony, unless they introduce more new models (such as a new 30" model).

mathesar
03-20-2006, 08:44 AM
Where'd you get it? I just looked online at BB and CC but could not find a single listing for Sony 34" XBR's (or any Sony 34" for that matter).

Neither: Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat03002&type=category) nor: Circuit City (http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/catOid/-12868/N/20012866+20012867+40000129+20012868/link/ref/rpem/ccd/categorylist.do) Are they dumping inventory and getting out of the W/S CRT HDTV game?

I bought mine online from Crutchfield (No stores had it in town) , This model was recently discontinued so it might not be easy finding one anymore :(

OhioGuy45701
03-20-2006, 09:10 PM
There is no better CRT. Period. Just got one before the discontinuation (we all knew it was coming). The best picture I have ever seen; great features; good size for most rooms; and did I mention the picture? Even over-the-air HD looks awesome.

if you find one, grab it!

Mick
03-25-2006, 06:00 PM
I purchased the last one Best Buy in K.C. had that was new and in the box. I got it for only $1500 plus the Sony stand for only $100. Had Time Warner come in last week and install the 8300HD DVR cable box. I am using the hmdi connections. The HD is just awesome. No way any other TV could have as good a picture as this. The SD channels are not so good with the cable. I have direct tv with SD and am using the S-cable connections. This looks pretty good in the zoom setting. Certainly the direct tv picture in SD is much better then the SD on cable.

The dvd picture at first was average at best. I had it set to progressive out and then tried the 480i, really no difference. I realized that I have forgotten to change the output at the dvd to 16x9, I had it set at 4x3. What a difference this made. The picture looks almost as good as the HD.

Couldn't be happier. If you can still find one GET IT.

borromini
03-25-2006, 06:22 PM
Guess you gave up on the XBR970. :) I think you made the right choice!

Rick0725
03-25-2006, 11:41 PM
the xbr960 is a great set.

Recently had mine isf'd. talk about gorgious!!!

local store did a special buy for 25 sets. might get another one. Think they want $1295 for them.

Mick
03-26-2006, 11:23 AM
That's correct (960 v's 970), great price plus the stand was a steal (plus it was already put together). Some HD material looks almost 3D. I moved my old 32XBR200 (still a great old tv about 7 years old) into guest bedroom. I sit about 7 feet from the 960 and it appears to be about the perfect size, besides the quality factor.