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Sony HS*XS*XBR Series Owners Thread

10-12-2004, 07:24 AM
Just purchased a Sony KV-30HS420. My Dish Network 811 receiver has DVI output. Should I use a DVI to HDMI cable or just component?Is anyone using the HDMI input on this set? Did you notice an improvement over component inputs?

The Sony manual says component is the best input for picture quality. Yet, Sony tech help says the manual is wrong - HDMI is best. Some articles say on a 30" CRT I will see no difference. Others say slight improvement. Still others say significant improvement. I am completely confused.

I'd love to hear from an actual owner of this TV. Did you see an improvement? If so, what brand/model cable were you using?

Thanks in advance!

10-13-2004, 10:28 AM
Hi cordro i dont use a sony HDTV. but my Sanyo HT30744 HDTV is far better useing the HDMi so if i was u i wouldgo all the way DVi .

10-15-2004, 07:40 AM
Thanks. I sprung for the HDMI/DVI cable.

In blind A/B comparisons, my wife thought it was slightly better than component. I agreed. Slightly crisper edges on objects and the colors are definitely cooler/more natural. Component made the reds too intense, so, I always had to give up something else in the picture quality to bring the reds down. So, I'm happier :)

- Thanks again.

11-16-2004, 01:29 PM
Just bought a Sony KV30HS420 TV and when I hook up my Xbox in 480P mode...it does not work.

(By does not work, I mean, the picture is extremely dark and blurry, any reds that I can see on the screen are blurry, and there seems to be no white colors)

Anybody out there have an Xbox hooked up to this TV in 480P mode?

12-04-2004, 06:37 PM
I just purchased the Sony KV-34HS420 recently and was wondering how good of a tv it is. I think that it's a pretty big improvement from my previous HDTV (a Samsung TXN3071WHF). Should I have picked up the XBR model with Super Fine Pitch? What exactly does the Super Fine Pitch do? Also, my new Sony has Clear Edge VM™ Wideband Velocity Modulation. It has 4 settings; High, Medium, Low, and Off. Right now I have it at medium. Should I set it higher, lower, or off? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

12-14-2004, 08:00 PM
I just bought a Sony KV32HS420, I like it a lot but have a few questions. What are the optimal settings for this TV? Secondly, Time Warner supplied me with a SA 8300HD DVR. When I go to watch the HD channels (even the ones that are 4:3) I have bars at the top and bottom. Am I supposed to have these bars? I thought that 4:3 feeds would fit the screen? The box always indicates that its in 1080i as well, not sure if this is supposed to be like that.

12-20-2004, 10:26 AM
I finally got my new Sony KD34XBR960 TV and it looks at least as good as it did in the store, really I think it looks better. No issues with the TV at all! However, I am having my problems with Cox in Northern Virgina and the cable card. It works for some of the channels and only occasionally (when I call Cox) for the Discovery Channel and others. But, what a wonderful picture. Even SD looks pretty good to me.

I'm running a Toshiba SD5970 DVD player and I'm impressed with the pictures from that too. So far I've watch Spidy II and the latest Harry Potter, they both were much better than my old TV set and DVD player. (Also a Yamaha HTR 5790 and a Bose Accoustmas speaker system with the new center channel speaker and a separate subwoolfer.)

Friends who come over for a quick look just get mesmerized by the HD Discovery channel and end up waching for hours. What a kick!

12-22-2004, 07:36 PM
Has anyone looked at the Denon DVD-3910 via the HDMI output. With the setting at 720p or 1080i?

I have the DVD-2900 already and it looks awesome, will I see an increase in performance in scaling to 720p or will it NOT be a noticable improvement over the standard 480p signal?

12-24-2004, 05:46 PM
I just set up my new Sony Widescreen HDTV, 34XS955. I hooked it up to my Cox cable.

The HDTV pictures look great.

The NTSC pictures look grainy , heck they look worse than my old Phillips set.

What can I do to improve the picture quaility of the NTSC signal ??



01-01-2005, 10:16 AM

Check out 3.2-3.4.

Do u have a cable box?
How many times is the signal split?

Hope the reading helps, but call ur cable co. if needed. More times than not, they will be happy to make a visit to help out a customer.

01-05-2005, 11:41 AM
I have the Sony 34" XBR960. I have COmcast basic cable through the standard coax. With the built in HDTV tuner in the TV, I can receive almost all of the HDTV signals Comcast is broadcasting, though the channel numbers don't match their listings.

Am I supposed to be getting these signals? Am I getting a "great deal" due to a mistake?

Lastly, since I'm getting these signals, the only one I'm missing is ESPN. How the heck do I set up this TV to ensure I get it without Comcast's HDTV box?

Yeah, I guess I'm just trying to save $10 a month.


01-06-2005, 02:45 PM
I have the 30" version of this set and am currently on basic cable (non digital) Insight service in Lex., KY. I ran the channel acquistion program on the set and all of these digital channels were identified. At first I was not sure why these showed. One night while channel surfing I discovered that many of the point channels (i.e. 83.2) were coming in with movies of various sorts. It appears that I am picking up neighborhood VOD. I also get the two channels that Insight transmits as HD.

Go with it. It is a great benefit!!

01-11-2005, 10:19 PM
I have a Sony KV-34HS420 hooked up to Dish 811 receiver. The HD channels are incredible, but the other stations are not so pleasant. I understand that locals will be this way, but I thought the other channels would have a better picture. What are the optimal settings for this combination? Should I change the cables to HDMI-DVI? Would this make the picture better on SD channels.

01-19-2005, 01:26 AM
I have the sony 34 inch 955, and i also get ALL the HD channels (including ESPN HD). I even get some shotime channels. I just have basic cable. It was funny really. As I was running the autoprogram, I was on the phone with Comcast checking on prices for digital cable, and setting up the HD channels also. Pretty soon I see the count of digitial channels at like 370 and about 12 of them were shown, so I was like "well I was just getting some prices, so I will call back another day" Free HD and some free cable channels are awesome! The only thing that sucks, is that now after watching HD, DVDs don't looks that good!

01-23-2005, 10:36 PM
Just bought a Sony KV30HS420 TV and when I hook up my Xbox in 480P mode...it does not work.

(By does not work, I mean, the picture is extremely dark and blurry, any reds that I can see on the screen are blurry, and there seems to be no white colors)

Anybody out there have an Xbox hooked up to this TV in 480P mode?

I have the Sony KV-32HS500 hooked into my XBOX in 480P mode and works great. Make sure you buy the XBOX HD pack from Microsoft or Monster Cable. This is the only way to watch it in HD. FYI the XBOX will not play DVD's in 480P only uses 480i. Also I wouldn't spend the extra $ on the Monster Cable brand.