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Old 06-08-2006, 11:47 AM   #1  
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I was wondering which is better, the Sony XBR 960 or the 970? I heard the 960 is better because the newer models have cheaper parts on them, and they keep breaking down. Is that correct?
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Old 06-09-2006, 02:55 AM   #2  
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the xbr960 has sony's "super fine pitch" SFP. the xbr970's do not, even though they claim to have this quality. most people prefer the xbr960 because of this but they are very similar tv's with this quality aside.
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Yeah, I was looking on the internet for the 960 and on shopzilla they range from $1300 - $1600!!! How? Is it becuase of the fine pitch? Because the 970 on shopzilla is between $900 - $1200. And the 970 is a newer set. What's the deal?
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It's because of the super-fine pitch tube. The 970 may be newer but lower in picture tube quality.
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It's because of the super-fine pitch tube. The 970 may be newer but lower in picture tube quality.
It's more than just the SFP tube that makes the 960 a costlier set. The 960 also has features and inputs that the 970 lacks: "Twin View", memory-stick reader, i.Link (Firewire), Cablecard and an extra RF input.

The 960 is worth the extra money if you can find it, but the 970 is still a very good HDTV.

BTW, the 34XS955 model had the same extra features, including the SFP tube, except for "Twin View" and i.Link. That's why it was more expensive than the 970 while it was still available.
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Very true...I was just highlighting what's easily the most significant feature difference in terms of PQ.
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Very true...I was just highlighting what's easily the most significant feature difference in terms of PQ.
Many would say that the SFP tube on its own is worth the extra money and, to them, the extra features are just icing on the cake.
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It's more than just the SFP tube that makes the 960 a costlier set. The 960 also has features and inputs that the 970 lacks: "Twin View", memory-stick reader, i.Link (Firewire), Cablecard and an extra RF input.

The 960 is worth the extra money if you can find it, but the 970 is still a very good HDTV.

BTW, the 34XS955 model had the same extra features, including the SFP tube, except for "Twin View" and i.Link. That's why it was more expensive than the 970 while it was still available.
They have an open box 955 at my BB. For $900
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If it comes with a service plan and/or solid return policy...you may just want to go for it. The XS955 is a great model.
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I have an xs955 which I got on an open box deal for $450. the thing had been sitting in a Magnolia Audio and Video powered off for a good 5 months. I'm sure it was used at least a little during that time but when i showed up to the store it had no input connected to it and the store had no remote for the TV. BUT, it has some problems which was obviously why it was $450 so be careful with open box!!!
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I'm getting the 970 this week I cant wait! Ive waited a long time for an hdtv and ths is the last of the 34 sony crt line.
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