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Sony KD-34XBR960

34" Wega™ XBR® High-Definition TV

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Our take on the Sony KD-34XBR960

by Steve Kindig
Sony

When Sony's first Super Fine Pitch™ CRT models arrived last year, we were blown away by their picture quality. They still deliver the best direct-view TV picture we've ever seen. For the KD-34XBR960, Sony further refined the design, added an over-the-air HDTV tuner and CableCARD slot, and still lowered the price. You can't ask for more than that.

Is Super Fine Pitch technology really that much better? Absolutely. The defining element of any Trinitron picture tube is the "aperture grill"; a metal mask with hundreds of narrow vertical slits through which beams from the TV's electron gun pass, striking the phosphor dot coating to form the images. The Super Fine Pitch CRT has 65% more of these vertical slits for a huge increase in horizontal resolution. For bright, vibrant colors to match the added detail, Sony also increased the output of the electron gun, and used a high-intensity luminescent phosphor coating. Designed specifically for High-Definition TV, the KV-34XBR960's clarity and dimensionality will astound you.

The KD-34XBR960 offers a total of 7 A/V inputs, including two HD-compatible component video inputs. For future-readiness, Sony includes the latest type of high-performance connection: HDMI. A single HDMI jack can pass High-Definition video and multichannel digital audio. You'll soon be seeing lots of DVD players and other components with HDMI jacks. Three i.LINK® ports expand your options for recording and playback of digital material, including high-def (compatible with most D-VHS decks, but for playback only).

Sony's Digital Reality Creation™ (DRC) upconversion circuitry is among the very best at enhancing picture quality and reducing the visibility of horizontal scan lines. It's a way to bridge the gap between conventional video signals and HDTV. This 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 picture enhancement to match your personal preference and the quality of the input source, storing your own custom settings for easy adjustment.

If you own a Sony Memory Stick® digital camera, the KD-34XBR960 provides Enhanced Memory Stick playback — you can view not only JPEG digital photos, but also MPEG movie clips stored on Memory Stick.

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Highlights:

  • Hi-Scan™ High-Definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD™ required)
  • all signals displayed at 1080i or 480p
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Super Fine Pitch Aperture Grill
  • selectable color temperature control
  • adjustable DRC MultiFunction V1 (upconverts non-HD signals to 960i or 480p)
  • CineMotion™ 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 10-bit 3D digital comb filter
  • 181-channel NTSC tuner
  • Twin-View™ 2-tuner PIP (adjustable split-screen)
  • multibrand remote control with some glow-in-the-dark buttons
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 10 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 HD-compatible component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video input
    • 3 i.LINK (IEEE 1394) ports (2 rear, 1 front)
  • 2 RF inputs (Antenna, Cable)
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Enhanced Memory Stick playback (JPEG, MPEG)
  • 30 watts total (7.5 x 2, plus 15 for subwoofer)
  • 39-1/4"W x 25-3/8"H x 23-1/2"D
  • weight: 196 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Contact your local cable TV provider for details regarding the availability and costs of CableCARD-related services.

Tip: To find out if HDTV signals are available in your area, visit this helpful site and punch in your zip code.

Large Item Special Shipping: Because of its large size, this item 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. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the item 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
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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39-1/4
Height (inches)
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25-3/8
Depth (inches)
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23-1/2
Footprint Width (inches)
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39-1/8
Footprint Depth (inches)
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21-3/4
Weight
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196 lbs
Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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2
Side Panel Composite Inputs
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None
Side Panel Component Video Inputs
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None
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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10
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  • 34" Widescreen television
  • RM-Y201 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration card
  • "Required Public Statement For GPL/LGPL Licensed Software Used In This Television" sheet
  • "When the CableCARD is not in use" sheet

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Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

CableCARD Slot: This TV has a back panel CableCARD slot that allows digital cable reception without a set-top box. CableCARDs will be available from your local cable provider.

HDTV (ATSC) Tuner: The TV has a built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) tuner, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV signals.

Super Fine Pitch CRT: Created especially for displaying high resolution pictures, the Super Fine Pitch CRT, along with an advanced electron gun and high intensity luminescent phosphor, improves image resolution, providing the highest picture quality reproduction from corner to corner.

Hi-Scan 1080i Display: The TV's Hi-Scan 1080i Display is capable of displaying HDTV signals when connected to an optional HDTV tuner/receiver. The unit's HDMI and component inputs are capable of receiving 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

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.

CineMotion: CineMotion optimizes the display by automatically detecting film content (originally shot at 24 frames-per-second) and applying a reverse 3/2 pulldown process. Moving pictures will appear clearer and more natural-looking.

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 Wideband Velocity Modulation: 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.

HD Detailer Wideband Video Amplifier: This unit's Wideband Video Amplifier has a high bandwidth frequency rating, which allows it to send more video information to the screen, resulting in finer picture quality, especially for HD sources.

High Voltage Regulator: The unit's built-in high voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes.

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.

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.

Screen Modes: You can choose from the following Screen Modes:

  • With Standard Definition (480i/480p) Sources:
    • Wide Zoom: enlarges the center portion of the 4:3 picture proportionately, while the left and right edges of the screen are stretched to fill the screen
    • Normal: displays the 4:3 picture in its original size with black bars at the left and right sides to fill the screen
    • Full: stretches the entire 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the screen
    • Zoom: enlarges the entire 4:3 picture proportionately to fill the screen (useful for watching Letterbox movies)
  • With High Definition (720p/1080i) Sources:
    • Full: displays the picture at its original size
    • Zoom: enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally
    • Horizontal Expand: stretches the picture horizontally
    • Vertical Expand: stretches the picture vertically

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

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

Trinitone Color Temperature: You can select one of the following color temperature settings:

  • Cool: gives white colors a blue tint
  • Neutral: gives white colors a neutral tint
  • Warm: gives white colors a red tint (NTSC-Standard)

Video Mode: You can select one of the following Video Mode options:

  • Vivid: enhances picture contrast and sharpness
  • Standard: displays a standard picture for normal viewing environments
  • Movie: displays a finely detailed picture for low light environments
  • Pro: displays a picture with minimum enhancements

Audio 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 programs.

Steady Sound: This feature equalizes the volume levels so there is consistent output between programs and commercials.

Note: Steady sound cannot be activated when audio effects (TruSurround or Simulated) are in use.

Favorite Channel: This feature allows you to store and quickly access 16 of your favorite channels.

Favorite Channel Preview: This feature allows you to preview up to 7 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.

Parental Control: V-Chip technology allows you to block unsuitable programming for younger viewers. Blocked programs are protected by a 4-digit password.

Timers: You can use the unit's two built-in timers to program the TV to turn on and off and tune to a specific channel at scheduled viewing times.

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.

Memory Stick Viewer: This television has a front-panel Memory Stick slot that is compatible with JPEG images taken with digital still cameras and MPEG1 movies taken with digital cameras and camcorders. You can use Memory Stick Duo if you have a Memory Stick Duo adapter.

Memory Stick Index: The Memory Stick Index displays thumbnail images of the files stored on a Memory Stick. You can individually highlight and display any image in the Index.

Viewing Still Images: When viewing a still image, you can rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, or you can zoom in on the image.

Playing Movies: When viewing a movie on a Memory Stick, you can enlarge the movie window for easier viewing. During playback, you can pause the movie or move to the previous or next movie on the Memory Stick.

Slide Show: You can view JPEG images or MPEG1 movies in a Slide Show. The Slide Show menu includes the following options:

  • Music: allows you to select background audio to play during the Slide Show:
    • Play Memory Stick: plays all MP3 files on a Memory Stick
    • Piano: plays the MP3 file stored in the TV's internal memory
    • List of MP3 Files: displays a list of all MP3 files found at the top level (root) of the Memory Stick
    • Complete List: displays a list of all available MP3 files on the Memory Stick
  • Transition Effect: allows you to select an effect to be used when advancing to the next file in the Slide Show
  • Slide Duration: allows you to specify a timed slide advance after a selected time interval; you can select 3, 6, or 12 seconds
  • Repeat: plays the Slide Show repeatedly

Remote Control

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, Laserdisc players, DVD/VCR combination units, DVD players, cable boxes, and satellite receivers. 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 enter, volume, channel, and numeric keypad buttons glow in the dark.

System Off: The remote control's System Off button lets you turn off all Sony brand audio/video equipment at once.

Note: This may not work with some older equipment or with DVD/VCR combo units.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: This input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an HDMI terminal. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal provides an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between the TV and any HDMI-equipped A/V component, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver. HDMI supports enhanced, or high-definition video, plus two-channel digital audio. With an HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped A/V component.

Note: The HDMI input will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

i.LINK: The TV has three i.LINK inputs, one on the front panel and two on the rear panel, allowing the unit to be used with compatible i.LINK-equipped A/V components.

Note: These terminals are not intended for use with personal computers.

Component Video Inputs: The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

Audio Outputs: These audio jacks are activated when the TV's built-in speakers are turned off, and are used to connect the TV to a receiver/amplifier. They can be set for Fixed (volume controlled by the receiver/amplifier) or Variable (volume controlled by the TV's remote control) operation.

Control S Jacks: These two mini-jacks (1 input/1 output) allows the TV to receive and send out remote control signals to other Sony infrared-controlled audio or video equipment that has the Control S function. The input is for sending signals to the TV, while the output lets you send control signals to connected components.

Monitor Outputs: These jacks (stereo RCA and composite video) let you record the program you are watching to a VCR. When two VCRs are connected, you can use the TV as a monitor for tape-to-tape editing (not available with 480p, 720p or 1080i when the input is set to Video 5, 6, or 7).

 
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5 out of 5

Simply Awesome.

Written By Jason, California on Friday, March 17, 2006
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Amazing picture quality and easy to setup (I would stay away from the default Vivid picture setting,It's overkill), I'm coming from a Sony 32HS510 HDTV and can tell you the Super Fine Pitch tube used in the XBR960 does make a difference!

Im very impressed with how great Xbox 360 / DVD's & HD material looks on this TV ,It even has the option to disable the common "Red Push" symptom Sony's are known for right in the User menu (Advanced Video / Color Axis ,select "Monitor") And the fact that it can store custom picture settings for EACH input on the tv is a big plus as well.

Sound quality from the built in speakers is better than average and the subwoofer helps a lot.

I highly recommend this TV but Ive heard it was recently discontinued with no plans for another super fine pitch model to replace it, get one while you still can!
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5 out of 5

Outstanding produce

Written By Tony, Sharpsburg, GA on Thursday, February 16, 2006
 
Sharp, crisp picture. Excellent sound. All this, and we haven't finished hooking it up to HD!! If you are in doubt about which item to purchase, I highly recommend this model.

Crutchfield's packaging and shipping are also top-of-the-line.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WoW

Written By Gary, Mesa, AZ on Tuesday, February 14, 2006
 
About the only thing hotter than the Mesa/Phoenix AZ area is this TV. I moved into an apartment and my 57" XBR (also purchased from Crutchfield) was just too big so I sold it. There is a lot of confusion about HD but it all comes down to one thing. Resolution. If you don't have 1080i resolution why bother with HD? Anything less is like buying a Corvette with a Ford Pinto engine. Why bother. Anyway I have this set connected to my Directv and I can not keep my eyes off of it. The picture is so nice it almost looks better on the TV than it would otherwise. I can't help you with all of the Techno Babble so ask the reps here about any features the will help you. All I needed was an HDMI input and to plug in my DVD Recorder (purchased here as well)and I was off to the races. I agree with the other review about buying the stand. It integrates well with the TV and is a must have. The only negative thing I can say is about the stand. Only one glass shelf is included and you have to send $50 to the importer to get the other shelf. Seems like a cheese ball way to dip into your wallet one more time but has nothing to do with Crutchfield. Great TV! Great Service! I keep coming back for more because good service albeit rare, is worth paying for.
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5 out of 5

Excellent picture

Written By Brian, Illinois on Sunday, February 12, 2006
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I was going to get an LCD TV but still have reservations about them so I stayed with the tried and true tube TV. I am glad I did. The picture clarity is excellent. I also bought the wireles Dream System with the HDMI output. After watching several movies, I strongly recommend a DVD player with an HDMI output, you can tell the difference. I also strongly recommend the matching TV stand.
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5 out of 5

Sony KD-34XBR960

Written By Randall, Loudoun County, VA on Sunday, February 12, 2006
 
The Sony 34" XBR has a picture that cannot be beat. I've been enamored with electronics since the 1970's. If you can live with the size and weight of a picture tube unit, you cannot beat this TV's picture. The color is flawless, the brightness levels are dead accurate and it's as easy to use as any high-end TV on the market. Be sure to buy the stand that comes with it since the TV seamless integrates with it.


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5 out of 5

Great TV, Great Service!

Written By A Woods, Twentynine Palms, CA on Friday, February 10, 2006
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I just purchased this TV; great color, great clarity, and controls were very easy to use once I started working with the remote, then I initially thought...much easier then expected. The only issue I had was when I connected the DVD player via component cables; all of my DVDs were REALLY blue, and I couldn't adjust it. My DVD player is several years old though, so I switched back to the composite cable, and the picture is now crystal clear. I believe until I get one of the new HD DVD players, that the older technology DVD player with the HD component set up shows the dvd player's flaws on the big screen. Highly recommend this TV to anyone who is more interested in quality rather then size. I will say however, that the superior quality of this 34" TV more then makes up for the excess several inches. In the store it looked tiny, but looks comfortably big in my living room. I have this TV and assosciated Sony stand in the corner, and you can hardly notice how large the tube is-the Sony TV and stand is very streamlined. Crutchfield is the best...service and value combined is unmatched...and I shopped around a lot! (try addressing a problem at a large electronics retailer, and see what happens!) Highly recommend you make your next purchase here!
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5 out of 5

Great Set!

Written By Michael, Chicago on Saturday, January 21, 2006
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At last a TV to satisfy you every component need! Like my 2 tivos two VCRs my DVD, and top set box. The sound on its own is great. Picture quality and adjustments using the on screen menu are unsurpassed. The only thin I had trouble with is understanding exactly what certain terms meant and there effects. IE CineMotion, ClearEdge, adjustable DRC. I'm still a bit in the fog about them. But all in all I am very pleased.
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5 out of 5

The Best HDTV Ever!

Written By Sony Fan, San Francisco Bay Area, CA on Thursday, January 19, 2006
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Despite being 200 lbs., this Sony HDTV is well worth the investment. After doing extensive research via Consumer Reports, CNET, local box stores comparing different technologies such as plasma, LCD and CRT, I decided to order this TV with built-in HD tuner (ATSC & NTSC). I received the TV today and set it up in less than five minutes. The incredible picture quality with its sharp images and well-balanced color mesmerizes the viewer. With a rooftop antenna, this TV receives 24 analog stations and 31 digital stations (7 HD PBS stations). I love that I do not need to pay monthly cable or satellite fees. I highly recommend this excellent TV.

4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony Wega KD-34XBR960N is a great HDTV!

Written By b, Fishers, IN on Friday, January 13, 2006
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The Sony Wega KD-34XBR960N is a great HDTV!

The design aspects and technology of this unit are very impressive. Viewing HD (HDMI cable @ 1080i) is excellent when viewing sporting events and action movies. The 34 inch 16x9 screen is more than adequate when viewing from 8 to 10 feet.

I would strongly recommend the Sony Wega KD-34XBR960N to anyone looking for a quality tube HDTV.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very pleased with my purchase.

Written By Steve, Huntsville, AL on Tuesday, January 10, 2006
 
The TV looks good on any stand that fits it.

The picture is great, especially hi-def. I could sit and watch a high definition picture all day. Also, the sound of the TV is excellent. Great speakers.

I would recommend this TV to anyone who wants the best tube TV with a built-in HDTV tuner.
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5 out of 5

CR was right again!

Written By quintet, Freehold, NJ on Saturday, January 07, 2006
 
A leading CONSUMER magazine that gives REPORTS on all products was right, (they put it at the top of their list). This is the best TV I have ever seen. Although it is very heavy compared to flat screens, the picture quality of the ultra fine pitch CRT is just wonderful. The sound is adequate and the controls you are given of the picture and sound are extensive. The only things I would have wanted more of is the amount of spaces given to assign names to the individual channels.
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5 out of 5

Sony KD-34XBR960

Written By Mike, Fairfield, CT on Tuesday, January 03, 2006
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After my old SONY pic tube went I spent alot of timing looking through the maze of TV choices. Exhausting. Ended up purchasing the Sony KD-34XBR960. I ended up paying a little more than I had planned but Crutchfield was competitive on price. Picture quality is great, easy to use, good sound. Showed up ahead of time, the team at Crutchfield is great to work with as well which goes a long way.
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5 out of 5

This is the best video buy I have ever made

Written By Wade, Shelbyville, Kentucky on Thursday, October 20, 2005
 
This SONY is incredible! I looked for two years, trying to find the best Plasma, LCD, or whatever. I called Crutchfield,just to see what they had. I was convinced to look at the SONY Television, which I never even considered. I bought the WEGA 32" and was blown away, when I first turned it on. Every person that has watched it, has said the picture is almost unbelievable, it is so sharp and pure! If in doub't on what to buy, give this a look!
10 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

We Love It!

Written By Joseph D, Bronx, New York on Thursday, September 08, 2005
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We've owned the KD34XBR960 for almost a month and now that we are experienced enough to set its video adjustments properly (which are considerable) we honestly believe we have the best HDTV on the market today.

No other set could offer as gorgeous and vivid a picture - it is truly awesome! Razor sharp clarity and detail, yet soft where necessary without any harshness or graininess. Superb dimensional feel and color without over-saturation (blacks are pure and contrast excellent). DVDs are beautifully upgraded to near HD quality and problems with halos and flickering are non-existent. Even VHS looks better (considering tape's limitations) and the only problem we have with digital/analog broadcasts is that we have become used to HD! There is never a need to change settings for a particular video component because there are separate adjustments for each input.

The picture size of 34" is more than adequate for the average living room. Even if you are considering a slightly larger LCD or Plasma the few extra inches, slim cabinet and much lighter weight are not worth the trade off in picture quality. We recommend this set without any hesitation.
21 out of 22 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

turn off, turn on to work?

Written By Jason, Michigan on Sunday, September 04, 2005
 
overall, I like this TV a lot. The built-in HD tuner is great to have. The picture quality and options are exciting. Awesome TV. BUT I get no picture at all on digital channels and analog channels are all distorted when I first turn on the TV; I have to turn it on, then turn it off, then turn it on again to get normal picture. Sony has explained to me that this is a common problem with their TVs. No kidding. Anyways, if you're planning on getting a Sony TV, beware of this problem. I've been able to live with it, but it is super annoying. I've heard of several others complain they have the same problem with their Sony TV.
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5 out of 5

If you want the best picture quality.....

Written By Mark, Fresno, CA on Friday, September 02, 2005
 
This is the best picture quality for a TV set, period. The black levels are perfect, the HD is incredible and the features are endless. I work for an A/V company and could have a plasma at cost, an LCD rear projection for cheap and I still decided to buy this TV at full price. My friends with big screens still say there is no comparison in the quality of this TV comparably.
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best TV ever!

Written By Tom, Hilton Head Island, SC on Thursday, April 28, 2005
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I have owned far more than my fair share of televisions and this one beats the rest hands-down.

It may be argued that a 34-inch screen is inadequate but one glance at the high-def picture will make you forget about size forever!

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5 out of 5

A great product

Written By Nathan, New York on Wednesday, March 23, 2005
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After some deciding, whether to go for a flat panel or conventional CRT TV, we decided against the flat panel. This Sony offers a great picture, and considering the image quality, a fair price. The only bummer was the horrific delivery service, which in all fairness, was not the fault of anyone at Crutchfield. A highly recommended product, and Crutchfield is great to deal with.
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5 out of 5

Best Direct View CRT

Written By Jeffery, New York State on Friday, March 11, 2005
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I spent weeks researching the various TV technologies available. Plasma and LCD flat panels were too expensive. RP CRTs still have a terrible viewing angle. RP LCDs and DLPs have a $300 lamp that is not covered under the standard warranty and only lasts 4,000 to 6,000 hrs.

I settled on a direct view CRT, which still has the best picture quality, black levels, and viewing angle of any TV technology. The screen sizes are limited to 34" for a 16:9 aspect ratio and 36" for a 4:3 aspect ratio, so if you want anything bigger, look at other technologies. My viewing distance is about 9', so a 34" 16:9 TV is kind of small, and watching 4:3 programs without stretching them is the same as a 27" TV. But watching 16:9 programs and widescreen DVDs is incredbile. The built-in digital tuner works flawlessly. I live in a rural area and can still pick up 11 over-the-air digital channels with my rooftop antenna. CSI is awesome in HTDV with 5.1 Dolby Digital!

I would recommend this TV to anyone who values picture quality above screen size. If you watch a lot of 4:3 programs, consider the Sony 36XS955, which will give you the same quality as the 34XBR960 except that you'll see 4:3 programs at 36" and 16:9 programs at about 33". Keep in mind that only the 34XBR960 carries a 2-year warranty on tube, parts and labor. The other Sony models have a warranty that covers the tube for 2 years, and only a year for parts and a measly 90 days for labor. I was also very pleased with Crutchfeld. I had a horrible shipping experience, and, although Crutchfield was not directly responsible, they refunded by shipping costs when I advised them of the problem. Great customer service!
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5 out of 5

Great HDTV

Written By Gregory, Monroe, GA on Thursday, March 03, 2005
 
I am very happy with this 34 inch HDTV widescreen. I was very concerned about the size and wanted a bit more, but it turned out to be fine. Do not be deceived about the 34 inch size. It's plenty big enough to enjoy HDTV or DVD's. I am using an over the air antenna, and broadcasts come in fairly well most of the time. When you lock in a signal, the picture is incredible. I researched LCD, Plasma, and CRT before finally making a decision on a HDTV. The good old tube CRT still has the best picture hands down. Even the experts agree. The only disadvantage is the largest size is 34 - 37 inchs. Still, it's plenty big for all your viewing needs and far cheaper than plasma or LCD.
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