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Move from Sony KV-36HS420 HD to ?

1953
07-04-2005, 05:15 PM
I've given thought to replacing our Sony KV-36HS420 HD to another set. What television would you suggest and why?

Thanks,

borromini
07-04-2005, 06:45 PM
Without budget, amount of space available, features sets you value, etc., etc. it's hard to make a recommendation with just a blanket question like yours. Based on your previous TV being a CRT, if you plan on staying with that technology...look at Sony's 34" HDTV models particularly the XS and XBR models. Otherwise you need to provide us with some parameters/constraints. :)

1953
07-04-2005, 08:57 PM
HD or HD capable
Superior resolution processing
CRT Clarity
SD (4:3) Picture Size as close to that provided by 36" 4:3 Sony
Superior widescreen
HDMI connectivity (2 if possible)
Multiple Component Video connectivity
Budget Open

borromini
07-05-2005, 12:06 AM
My initial recommendation still stands: Sony's 34" widescreen XS or XBR models.

Blue_Tech
07-05-2005, 03:33 AM
For sure...

Sony KD-34XBR960 (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-y9azErmQ7kT/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=148350&I=158KD34XBR)

I believe this set would satisfy you well, and pretty much blow your mind with spectacular HD picture.

I know I love my Sony HD.

Jimbos
07-05-2005, 04:05 AM
1953,
Go with the Sony 34XBR960
I purchased it last Nov for around $1800.,
I am sure you can find it around $15-16 by now.

Jimbo

RSawdey
07-05-2005, 07:40 AM
HD or HD capable
Superior resolution processing
CRT Clarity
SD (4:3) Picture Size as close to that provided by 36" 4:3 Sony
Superior widescreen
HDMI connectivity (2 if possible)
Multiple Component Video connectivity
Budget Open

A widescreen with the same sized 4:3 image as a 36" would need to be 44"... widescreen diagonal times 0.82 equals inset 4:3 diagonal. No direct view CRTs over 34", so you'll need another technology.

If you don't see rainbows, I'd suggest a DLP based RPTV...

1953
07-05-2005, 11:09 AM
Thanks Mr. Wizard,
Could you suggest a DLP RPTV?

borromini
07-05-2005, 06:02 PM
Better make sure you're willing to deal with RPTV limitations like view angles and fixed pixel display quality with SD signals. You need to decide what's more important to you: CRT quality vs. size.

1953
07-05-2005, 06:55 PM
CRT quality is more important for sure. I had heard that Sony was coming out with a new line of RPT's. How do they compare to Sony CRT's?

Can anyone tell me if the 42" Grand WEGA™ 3LCD Rear Projection HDTV KDF-42WE655 as shown at http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start?CategoryName=tv_ProjectionTVs_RearProjection _42to51TVs&Dept=tvvideo is a new model?

I know for sure that the 55" Grand WEGA™ 3LCD Rear Projection HDTVKDF-E55A20 is new. http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=KDFE55A20&Dept=tvvideo&CategoryName=tv_ProjectionTVs_RearProjection_55to7 0TVs.


Thanks,

Blue_Tech
07-06-2005, 12:53 AM
You really need to see these RPTV's in person to make the decision for yourself. Projection has it's quirks, like narrow viewing angle or clarity in bright rooms. LCD is still progressing in areas like black level and response time.

Personally, I prefer a direct view CRT and if I had the dough, I'd probably purchase the XBR960 right now.

RSawdey is correct in his observation of picture size when comparing wide-screen tubes to 4:3 tubes. However, if your like me and have been watching 16:9 DVD's on a 4:3 tube... getting a 34" 16:9 tube will actually be a pretty decent picture size increase.

Of course, you could always take a compromise and purchase a Sony CRT Projection TV. After all, Sony is pretty much the master of CRT technology. In Home Theater Magazines 2004 Projection shootout, CRT based displays took 1st, 3rd, and 4th place out of 10 tested units. Of course that was a year ago and things have progressed big time for LCD and DLP.

Me? I'm a CRT lifer...I'd knock a hole in the ceiling if I could purchase a 60" Tube.