Difference between Sony Wega XBR and HS models?

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  1. DaveF

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    I've been wondering what the difference is between the Sony Wega XBR TVs and the new HD-compatible HS line? It seems like the new HS line overlaps the XBR, providing the same features but for a slightly lower cost.

    So what's the deal?
     
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    There are a few differences between the HS/HW and the XBR's. First off the XBR's are in a 16:9 format like the HW series of the sony's. The HS's are 4:3 format. The XBR's have 5 lens elements rather than 4 on the HS and HW. They also have a built in HD tuner. Also has a built in dolby digital processor with 80 watts of output. Just connect speakers.

    You should get a brighter picture from the XBR as well as the ability to pick up a HD signal without a STB.

    Mike
     
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    Well, there are also 16x9 HS models, so your thoughts are off on that. On the 16x9 tv's, my understanding is the XBR has a built in HDTV tuner, the HS does not. There may be some other small differences, but that is the big one that I know about.
     
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    XBR's have 3:2 pulldown, Hs's do not. Both are also available in 4:3 ratios, contrary to one poster's observations.
     
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    Hrmmm...now I'm more confused [​IMG]
    I should have clarified, that I was thinking of the direct-view TVs (normal, tube TV). In which case both HS and XBR are available as 32" and 36" 4:3 models (no lenses invoved). Neither model has a built-in HDTV tuner (according to online retail info).
    But it looks like only the XBR has the "Cinemotion" 3:2 pulldown feature.
    Is that the only difference, the 3:2 pulldown?
     
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    Dave,

    In the 4:3 models, I'm pretty sure cinemotion is the only difference, though there may be slightly different components inside the tv. Cinemotion should be the only difference feature-wise though.
     
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    There is also the 34" XBR 16:9. I apologize for my earlier post I was referring to rear projection units.

    Mike
     
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    No problem, Mike. I realized when I read the responses that there are the 16x9 direct views and the XBR RPTV models. [​IMG]
    Thanks for the input. I hope to buy a new TV in about six months. The Wegas are on the short list. And the similarites between the HS and XBRs perplexed me.
     
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    Mike,

    Ok, now I see what your post was referring to. Shoulda figured that myself. Thanks for clarifying.
     
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    I actually asked my store's Sony rep about this last time he was in, it was confusing me too. As for the tubes, its the Cinemotion 3:2 correction, and a schnazzier cabinet. That's it. Personally, I'll stick with the HS for the price.
     
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    I have the 36XBR450. I chose it because it was the "top of the line" at the time. The XBRs have a very nice remote control and the 3:2 Cinemotion. Some people claim that an interlaced DVD player viewed on the XBR with Cinemotion looks better than many Progressive scan players. If you don't have a progressive scan player, or don't plan on getting one soon, that may be another reason to go for the XBR.
     

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