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Comparing Sony 34" CRTs

 

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Username: Arthouse

Post Number: 5
Registered: Jan-06
Thanks to all for the help. (This is a refinement of an earlier question.) I am interested in a high-quality image for watching DVDs; HD is not available in my area and I use an internal antenna. I am trying to understand the difference between 3 Sony CRTs: the XBR960, the XS955, and the HS420. Doing the obvious comparisons on the Sony website I can see a number of minor (for me) differences, such as cable card, multi-image, memory stick, and warranty. But according to the Sony site they all use the same tube (FD Trinitron). Is that true? I thought that the XBR had different tubes. The 960 has "super fine pitch" but that seems to be for HD sources, not DVD (true?). Basically, for DVD-viewing, is there any difference in picture between these televisions? Any reason for me to spend an extra $700? thanks again.
 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2080
Registered: Jul-04
Hopefully you don't think you are getting high reliability by buying Sony, their TVs aren't very good when it comes to breakdowns. If you consider the price they charge, their reliability is poor at best.
 

TVone
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The Sony 34" XBR960 is the finest HDTV on the market, don't listen to this drivel.
 

TV 101
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Check any forum and you will see that David Massey is correct. The XBR960 has many problems such as but not limited to; geometry, faulty boards, faulty tubes. sony has givin up on the tube used for this set and all its issues and has relaced it with the XBR970 $700 less MSRP than the unreliable XBR960. Check it out.
 

TVone
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The XBR970 lacks quite a few things, therefore you have a $700 difference.
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_Compare -Paging

 

TVone
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I'm sorry but the above comparison link is dead, the 970 does not have the following:
Super Fine Pitch tube
CableCard Slot
Subwoofer
Memory Stick Viewer
i.Link
Control S
It only has 3 audio inputs vs the 960's 7.

The 970 will not be a direct replacement for the 960N.
 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2180
Registered: Jul-04
Sony TVs have never been as reliable as other TVs that sell for considerably less, that's a fact. Panasonic, JVC, Sanyo, just to name a few, all have better reliability for nowhere near the price of a Sony XBR. Do some homework on TV breakdowns, Sony fares poor, especially for the price.
 

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Username: Mccambley

BREEZY POINT, NY USA

Post Number: 56
Registered: Jun-05
Leo where are you in this conversation,you started this thread and disappeared.The fine pitch tube is for all viewing not just HD.I have the 34xbr960 about one year with no ptoblems my friend has th earlier model over 2 years with no problems.With satelite you can get HDTV anywhere, I have Direct TV with HD and love it. I have to check out this 970 set I thought sony was done bring out any more CRT base TVs.
 

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Username: Mccambley

BREEZY POINT, NY USA

Post Number: 57
Registered: Jun-05
The 34xbr970 is not a replacement for the 960. It looks like a re-badged HS model. The 970 isn't even available yet. For the right price (1600-1700) nothing sold today can top the 34xbr960
 

TVone
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I can't base my opinions on others problems, I have had a Sony 36" for over 5 years and it has never missed a beat, until I experience a problem I will continue to buy Sony.
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2188
Registered: Jul-04
Five years isn't very long for a TV. I've got a Panasonic that's over 12 years old that still works fine. Look in any A/V forum, or look in consumer reports, Sony breakdowns are high. I work on electronics, next to the cheap junk like RCA and Funai, I've had more people complain about Sony TV problems than any other manufacterer.
 

New member
Username: Croozer

Rockford, IL United States

Post Number: 4
Registered: Feb-06
All TV's have some type of quirk no matter what brand they happen to be, but you cannot discount the XBR960's picture quality, it is the best.
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2229
Registered: Jul-04
I never said anything about picture quality, only reliability. If you don't believe me you don't have to go any farther than this site to see it's true. Some very sorry stories here, especially for the price Sony charges.
https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-video/194996.html

https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-video/185902.html

https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-video/191307.html

https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-video/127635.html
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