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Sony KV-34XBR800

34" widescreen FD Trinitron Wega™ XBR® HDTV-ready TV

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Our take on the Sony KV-34XBR800

by Steve Kindig
Sony

The handsome 34" KV-34XBR800 smartly combines Sony's totally flat Wega screen and HD-capable Hi-Scan™ technology with the increasingly popular 16:9 screen shape. When many people hear "HDTV," they immediately think of big-screen TVs, but this model's sleek, compact shape helps it look right at home even in small rooms. And when you consider its flexible array of A/V inputs, this TV is more than just HDTV-ready, it's future-ready!

The KV-34XBR800 offers a total of 7 A/V inputs, including two "wide-bandwidth" component video inputs. Use one of these inputs to hook up a separate HDTV tuner and experience the breathtaking color, detail, and dimensionality of HDTV in your own home. These latest XBRs employ an HD Detailer™ wideband video amplifier, which reproduces finer image details when viewing high-definition sources. The '34XBR800 is compatible with both 1080i and 720p HDTV signals (720p is converted to 1080i — a big advantage, as many TVs must downconvert 720p to 480p).

Sony actually includes two types of connections for HDTV: component video and DVI. The DVI input will provide greater compatibility with upcoming HDTV tuners. Having both types gives you more options when choosing a tuner to receive whichever HDTV signals are available in your area: over-the-air broadcasts, satellite, or cable. A built-in analog tuner lets you enjoy your regular TV shows, too (you can choose to display them in a standard 4:3 window with gray bars on the sides, or expand the image to fill the screen).

Each year, Sony's Digital Reality Creation™ (DRC) digital upconversion circuitry has gotten a little better at enhancing picture quality and reducing the visibility of horizontal scan lines. It's a way to bridge the gap between conventional analog video signals and HDTV. DRC has always done a superb job with DVD. Now their latest version, DRC Multifunction V1, gives you better results than ever with lower-quality signals like cable TV and VHS tapes. You can fine-tune the level of DRC picture enhancement to match your personal preference and the quality of the input source, storing your own custom settings for easy adjustment. It's one of the best new features on this XBR!

If you own a Sony Memory Stick® digital camera, you'll love the front-panel Memory Stick slot — view your digital photos on a razor-sharp 34" screen instead of a cramped computer monitor!

Details:

  • Hi-Scan HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays them at 1080i or 480p)
  • 16:9 screen aspect ratio
  • adjustable DRC MultiFunction V1 (upconverts NTSC sources to 960i or 480p)
  • CineMotion™ 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 10-bit 3D digital comb filter
  • HD Detailer wideband video amplifier
  • ClearEdge VM™ Velocity Modulation Scanning (selectable)
  • SRS TruSurround™ 3D audio processing
  • 181-channel NTSC tuner
  • 2-tuner PIP (adjustable split-screen)
  • Flip/joystick multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark buttons
  • video input labeling
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 rear-panel wide-bandwidth component video
      (compatible with 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • DVI HDTV input with HDCP copy protection
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable
  • Memory Stick playback (JPEG)
  • 30 watts total (7.5 x 2, plus 15 for subwoofer)
  • 39-1/8"W x 24-1/2"H x 23-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years

About delivery: Because of its large size, the KV-34XBR800 will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. In-home delivery for this model costs $29.99 each. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the TV must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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34"
Flat Screen
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Yes
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Picture in Picture
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2 Tuner
Compatibility
1080i Compatible
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Yes
720p Compatible
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Yes
480p Compatible
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Yes
CableCard Compatible
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General
V-Chip
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Yes
Audio Output Power
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7.5 x 2/15 x 1
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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Dimensions
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39-1/8
Height (inches)
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24-1/2
Depth (inches)
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23-1/4
Footprint Width (inches)
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Weight
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Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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2
Side Panel Composite Inputs
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Side Panel Component Video Inputs
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Rear Composite Video Inputs
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3
Rear Component Video Inputs
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2
Total Video Inputs
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7
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  • 34" Widescreen television
  • RM-Y188 Wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions

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Features
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

Flat Screen: Sony's flat glass panel delivers images that are virtually distortion free and helps to eliminate screen glare.

Hi-Scan 1080i Display (HDTV Receiver Compatible): Two component video inputs allow you to connect an optional HDTV receiver or a source with component video outputs. This television is capable of receiving 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i digital TV formats; when this television receives 720p signals, they are converted to 1080i signals for display.

CineMotion 3/2 Pulldown Processing: This function provides an optimized display by automatically detecting film content and applying a reverse 3/2 pulldown process. Moving pictures will appear clearer and more natural-looking.

Digital Reality Creation Multifunction V1: Unlike conventional line doublers, the DRC Multifunction feature replaces the signal's NTSC waveform with the near-HD equivalent, while doubling the number of vertical and horizontal lines. This results in four times the density for quality sources, such as DVD, satellite, and digital camcorders. The Video Menu allows you to select interlaced, progressive, or CineMotion output. The DRC Palette option lets you customize the level of detail (Reality) and smoothness (Clarity) to create up to three custom palettes.

HD Detailer Wideband Video Amplifier: All televisions have a video amplifier, the device that takes the original video source and "amplifies" it to deliver a useable signal to your television screen. The bandwidth rating of a video amplifier determines the amount of detail that can be displayed on a television. Sony's HD Detailer wideband video amplifier delivers great detail on even the finest images by getting the most out of high-bandwidth sources, such as the 1080i signal available from some set-top boxes and satellite feeds.

10-bit 3D Digital Comb Filter: Sony's 10-bit 3D digital comb filter analyzes picture information horizontally, vertically and over time. You will get high resolution under most picture conditions. 10-bit signal processing renders superb gray-scale gradation, resulting in superior picture detail.

ClearEdge VM Velocity Modulation Scanning: This system separates the object and its background, producing clearer edges, better picture depth and improved overall picture quality. You can select High, Medium, Low, or Off.

Dynamic Focus Circuitry: This Dynamic Focus Circuitry adjusts the picture during each scanning line for consistent corner-to-corner sharpness.

Dynamic Picture Processor: The Dynamic Picture Processor maintains image detail in the very bright and dark areas of each scene.

Twin View: Using the Multi-Image Driver, Twin View allows you to watch two programs side-by-side with the ability to zoom in on one picture and listen to the program in the selected window. You can watch pictures from two different sources (1080i, 720p, 480p, or 480i) simultaneously. Note: Only the left Twin View window can display 1080i, 720p, and 480p sources.

Favorite Channel Preview: This feature allows you to preview up to 8 favorite channels without leaving the current channel.

Scrolling Channel Index System: The system splits the screen into one main picture and four smaller pictures that automatically scroll through all the available channels.

Freeze Function: This function allows you to temporarily capture a program's picture. The TV switches to Twin View mode and displays the "frozen" picture on the right, while the current program continues on the left. This function only works in normal view mode; if you are in Twin View mode already, it will not work.

Video Mode: You can select Vivid, Standard, Movie, or Pro. The Vivid setting enhances picture contrast and sharpness. The Standard setting displays a standard picture for normal viewing environments. The Movie setting displays a finely detailed picture for low light environments. The Pro setting displays a picture with minimum enhancements.

Screen Mode Option: You can select a default screen mode to use for 4:3 sources. While watching a channel, you can use the Wide Mode button to cycle through the wide screen modes. If the 4:3 Default is set to anything but Off, the wide screen mode setting changes only for the current channel. When you change channels, the wide mode is automatically replaced with the 4:3 Default setting. You can choose from the following screen mode options:

  • Wide Zoom: select to enlarge the 4:3 size picture, while the upper and lower parts of the picture are condensed to fit the 16:9 screen
  • Normal: returns the 4:3 picture to normal mode
  • Full: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the wide screen
  • Zoom: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally and vertically to an equal aspect ratio that fills the 16:9 screen

Steady Sound: This feature stabilizes the volume level, preventing unwanted blasts of sound during commercials.

Sound Effects: To enhance the sound, you can select TruSurround, which adds a three-dimensional sound to stereo programs, or Simulated, which adds a surround-like effect to mono-channel programs. The sound effects can be turned off.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes.

Timers: This unit has two timers that can be set by day, time, duration, and channel.

Memory Stick Playback (JPEG): This television has a front-panel Memory Stick slot to let you easily view your JPEG images. You can choose from an index of the images stored on the Memory Stick, or you can run a slideshow of those images. You can also customize the features of the slideshow by selecting the length of time that each image is displayed, toggling the display of file information, and rotating each image. Note: The TV's Memory Stick viewer is compatible with Memory Sticks up to and including 128MB. It is not compatible with Memory Sticks that exceed 128MB.

Remote Control

Flip/Joystick Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of A/V components, including VCRs, satellite receivers, cable boxes, DVD players, and Laserdisc players. Several controls are located under a lid that covers the top half of the remote. A joystick allows you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient. The jump, enter, volume, channel, and numeric keypad buttons glow in the dark.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Video 7 DVI/HDTV Input: This input consists of stereo RCA jacks and a DVI HDTV terminal. The DVI HDTV terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The DVI-HDTV input terminal is compliant with the EIA-861 standard and is not intended for use with personal computers.
 
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