Sony XBR960

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I have found my preferred CRT HDTV and it’s the
Sony KD-34XBR960.
Unfortunately, it’s not available in Canada, only the US.
I checked
and there are a number of places in the US that have it (not all in stock though).


has it for $1,600 US, but that doesn’t include $150 shipping or so.

HypeAudio has it for under $1,600 including shipping.
But I bet that doesn’t include Canada.

The main features for me are: can display @ 1080; has FireWire output; has really good reviews for picture quality (“PQ” in the forums I’ve been reading).
There was a group of Montrealers who were trying to get together to make a bulk purchase and rent a U-Haul trailer to bring them back!

entertainment, family, hardware.

About rae

I'm a long-time Mac and iOS developer. I'm also a big fan of Ruby on Rails and relational databases. I tend to work remotely, in my basement with occasional trips to the office. I'm also a big videophile, both TV and film, and can't wait for a good, inexpensive home 4k solution.

6 comments on “Sony XBR960

  1. Jeff K

    Oh ya, one other thing. Watching TV can be an experiment in psychology. Older folks don’t notice that lack of resolution so much, and a lot of people can’t explain what it is that is different from one TV to another. Some people don’t even notice that the brain gets rid of motion blur, normalizes colour and automatically translates moving images into 3d models. I, on the other hand am immediately grabbed by all of these things, and I would like you to know that dancers on a 16:9 34″ across the room, may look like laughable barbie dolls, but above 42 inches close-up and 50″ a little further back, they are um, more life-like. Is this a family blog? More “sexy”? The tripods in War of the Worlds will send the kiddies running for Barney on a 60″, instead of the fly-swatter on a 32″. etc.

  2. jwr

    Hmm. Scrolling down all of *one day*… “Luisa gave the thumbs-down to CRTs because of their weight and bulk.” I’m in the market for a 37″ – 42″ LCD or plasma so I’m hoping Luisa nixes this CRT and you have to keep researching the others 🙂

  3. rae Post author

    One of the main differences is the FireWire output. Without it there is no way to record HD programming at all. One could argue that BD-ROM’s will be the way to watch movies etc, but right now, the only other way to record shows is via PVRs with locked-down, proprietary video formats. I would dearly like to avoid those.

    It’s like it’s too much to want the freedoms of a VCR in the HD age. Perhaps there is a PVR that lets you burn MPEG to BD-R or something, but so far I haven’t seen it.

  4. Iain

    I thought that a Samsung DLP was in my future. I was wrong. I just purchased a 37″ Sharp LC37DB5U. Ideally I would have liked a 1080p HDTV but that was not within my budget (having just purchased two 7800 GTX 512’s). Here are my reasons for choosing LCD:

    • Higher resolution than equivilant Plasma displays (1366×768 vs 1024×768). I will be using a HTPC with this HDTV so the higher resolution is a big plus.
    • Light weight – I was able to transport and setup the display by myself (big plus over DLP).
    • Brightness – LCD’s are not as bright as Plasma HDTV’s but I am impressed by the brightness of this unit
    • Connectors – 1 HDMI and 2 composite inputs (HTPC/HDTV PVR/DivX DVD player).
    • 60,000 hour lifespan
    • image quality is very good
    • Sharp’s AQUOS line has a good reputation
    • wide viewing angle
  5. Iain

    I wanted to see how far I could push the resolution of my HTPC hooked up to the LCD via HDMI. It will go up as high as 1920×1080 but the desktop extends slightly beyond the viewable area at that setting. I have settled on 1776×1000. Video at this resolution is perfect. At 1366×768 I saw jaggies when playing video.

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