HDTV Decoders?

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  1. Shawn C

    Shawn C Screenwriter

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    I am currently doing some research in two HDTV TV's. My question is this: Do I need a seperate HDTV decoder for these two Sony models? If I do, what do you recommend? Are all HDTV decoders basically the same?

    32" FD Trinitron® WEGA® Hi-Scan® TV
    KV-32HV600

    36" FD Trinitron® WEGA® XBR® Hi-Scan® TV
    KV-36XBR800
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Shawn, none of the XBR800 series, with which I am familiar, has a HD tuner. This is no bad thing, as the models with the tuner were significantly more expensive (around $1,500 if memory serves). Even considering the current cost of external tuners. For example a Hughes DirectTV satellite receiver, that also serves as a HD tuner and is available for ~$500.

    Both Panasonic and Toshiba make models similar to the 32XBR800 and their picture quality is on a par with the Sony. You might like to check them out.

    I am not familiar with the 32HV600.
     
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    The 32HV600 is the 32" "XBR" this year, just in the HS body. They discontinued the 32" XBR and came out with this model. Has everything the XBR does(to my knowledge) but is in a diferent chassis.
     

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