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05-25-2006, 02:27 PM
I am thinking of taking the plunge and upgrading my 10 year old tv for a HD tube while I still can. The tv of choice was the XBR960 but I cant fined one. So I think the my next choice is the 36XS955. Is this a good choice? The sony website says it uses the same type of tube as the 960 and I want the best picture available. TIA for any help.

05-25-2006, 06:50 PM
I would strongly advise against that as it is a 4:3 and therefore an HD compromise - if you want a Sony go for the 34" 16:9 XBR970. If you are going to keep it for 10 years then it has to be a 16:9.

05-25-2006, 07:42 PM
Generally I would agree, but it's still possible to get a 4:3 display that is large enough so that a letterboxed widescreen image on it is as large as it would be on a 16:9 display, while giving you a dramatically larger SD picture. It depends a lot on what you watch the most, HD or SD.

You should look for something with a built-in digital tuner as it won't be too many years before digital broadcasting is mandatory, regardless of whether it is HD or SD.

05-25-2006, 10:28 PM
The KD34XS955 has the same Superfine pitch CRT as the KD34XBR960 and is easier to find than the XBR960. It's a widescreen set and its screen is slightly wider (about an inch) than that of the KD36XS955 that you are asking about. An unstretched 4:3 image on the KD34XS955 is equivalent to a 28" 4:3 set. Production of both of the XS955 sets has been discontinued but the sets are still available while inventories last.

The KD34XBR970 is Sony's latest model but it lacks the Superfine pitch CRT of the XBR960 and XS955 sets.

All of the sets mentioned in this post have built-in ATSC digital tuners.

05-26-2006, 02:02 PM
Thanx guys. I convinced the other half to get the TV but wont get paid for a week so I must wait awhile. I prefer the 4:3 since I will use the set for everything from VHS to games. I plan on getting a larger set in a few years anyway.