look out XBR910 here comes XBR960!

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  1. DanielT

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    it says I cant post a hyperlink till i posted 15 times..which Ive done. But still am not allowed so there is no colon and double slash. no tripple w is used.

    news.sel.sony.com/pressrelease/4439
     
  2. DanielT

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    ah, i see. 15 new threads.
     
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    for the bennefit of anyone who didnt understand my URL omissions here is the review straight from the Sony site.

    SONY UNVEILS COMPREHENSIVE LINE OF DIGITAL CABLE READY HDTVS AND HIGH-DEFINITION DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDERS




    PARK RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 25, 2004 - Sony Electronics introduced today the industry's most comprehensive lineup of 12 Digital Cable Ready, fully integrated HDTV sets, forging the way for digital cable subscribers to conveniently access digital cable service. The new HDTV sets range in screen sizes from 30- to 60-inch models in the FD Trinitron® WEGA® direct-view CRT, Grand WEGA™ microdisplay LCD and the CRT rear projection television categories.


    In addition, Sony unveiled two high-definition digital video recorders, featuring an integrated hard disk drive for recording and control of live broadcasts and an electronic program guide for easy access to a variety of high definition programming.


    All of these new products will be designed to comply with CableLabs® CableCARD™ technology. CableCARD is a removable security module which, when inserted in a digital cable ready receiver or TV, enables the delivery of secure, digital audio/video content. It allows consumers to receive digital cable programming, including HDTV content without the need of a cable box from the local cable operator. Where supported, CableCARD modules will be provided by cable operators to consumers upon request.


    Sony Electronics' ongoing, aggressive efforts to deliver the ultimate HDTV viewing experience to consumers have led to this expansive lineup that merges digital cable receiver technology with advanced high definition television for simplicity and convenience. This, along with the planned CableCARD-based interface make Sony's new televisions compatible with virtually all cable TV systems across the country.


    "There are currently more than 70 million cable TV subscribers, and more high-definition content is becoming available to them every day," said Tim Baxter, senior vice president for Sony Electronics' Home Products Division.


    "As the leader in the U.S. DTV market, it's our goal to support this trend by enhancing the consumer viewing experience and providing the latest technology through a line of new products that allows easier access to digital content."


    Wide Range of Screen Sizes and Technologies


    The new HDTV sets, designed to include a CableCARD-based interface, provide a comprehensive HD solution and will feature a variety of advanced picture technologies, including:


    Integrated ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuner for access to over-the-air digital high definition broadcasts, as well as digital cable programming;


    HDMI™ technology with HDCP (High Definition Multimedia Interface with High Definition Copy Protection) technology, which is the latest interconnect between digital sources, supporting both uncompressed high definition video and multi-channel digital audio through a single cable. HDMI is an enhanced version of DVI-HDTV and is backward compatible;


    Digital Reality Creation™ MultiFunction V1 circuitry, which provides control over the level of DRC™ circuitry depending on quality of input signal, thereby displaying clear, stable images, no matter the video source;


    MID™-X Multi Image Driver, which maintains the integrity of a converted signal by minimizing image loss in the scaling process and provides Flexible Twin View™ picture and picture features;


    CineMotion™ reverse 3:2 pulldown circuitry for optimum film-based video source display; and


    Memory Stick™ media slot for convenient JPEG and MPEG1 file playback. It can also display customized slide show with MP3 file background music. The new sets are compatible with Memory Stick Pro™ and Memory Stick Duo™ media formats.


    FD Trinitron WEGA CRT Direct View Lineup


    Leading this year's FD Trinitron WEGA direct-view TV line is the 34-inch widescreen KD-34XBR960 with top-of-the-line performance features and advanced picture technologies for a breathtaking viewing experience.


    Utilizing second generation Super Fine Pitch™ CRT technology, which was developed exclusively for displaying high definition content, the KD-34XBR960 produces true to life, high-resolution images with virtually no visible vertical scanning lines on the screen for outstanding corner to corner image precision. The KD-34XBR960 34-inch model will be available in June for about $2,200.


    Sony is also adding the XS-series to the FD Trinitron WEGA lineup. The expanded line will also feature Super Fine Pitch technology and include the widescreen 34-inch KD-34XS955, KD-30XS955 30-inch and 4:3 KD-36XS955 36-inch models. The widescreen models will be available for $2,000 $1,400, respectively in August and the 36-inch model will sell for around $1,900 in October.


    CRT and Grand WEGA LCD Rear Projection Digital Cable Ready Models


    In the Grand WEGA microdisplay LCD rear projection television category, there will be six new fully integrated HDTV models. Available in 42-, 50-, 55- and 60-inch screen sizes, the broad lineup of Grand WEGA televisions offers a wide choice in cosmetic styling.


    These televisions utilize a proprietary LCD Optical Engine with Sony's WEGA Engine™ system to deliver exceptional, detailed picture quality from any video source by minimizing the digital-to-analog conversion process.


    The Grand WEGA line consists of the KDF-42WE655, KDF-50WE655, KDF-55WF655, and KDF-60WF655 models, which all have new design features. They will be available in September for $2,800, $3,000, $3,700 and $4,000, respectively.


    The step-up KDF-55XS955 and KDF-60XS955 models will be available in September as well for about $4,000 and $4,400.


    Sony is also introducing two CRT rear projection, fully integrated high definition televisions, designed with a CableCARD-based interface, in 51- and 57-inch widescreen models. This year's KDP-51WS655 and KDP-57WS655 models will be available in September for around $2,100 and $2,400, respectively.


    High-Definition Digital Video Recorders


    For the 10 million existing DTV owners who want access to digital cable high definition content, Sony introduces a new line of HD digital video receiver/recorders. The new recorders, the DHG-HDD100 and the DHG-HDD200, provide access to encrypted high-definition and standard-definition digital cable services when paired with a CableCARD. They also provide access to legacy analog cable services, as well as non-subscription services such as high definition digital terrestrial and analog broadcasts.


    The DHG-HDD200 digital video recorder can record and store up to 250 hours of standard definition programming or at least 25 hours of maximum bit rate high-definition content on its internal hard drive. The DHG-HDD100 will record up to 120 hours of SD programming and at least 12 hours of HD content.


    The DHG-HDD100 and DHG-HDD200 will also include these features:


    HDMI digital video output with backwards compatibility to DVI monitors;


    Integrated electronic program guide (EPG) for convenient on-screen display of variety of programming;


    Component video output for connection to many high-definition TVs;


    Several standard-definition analog outputs for connection to legacy recording equipment or analog TVs;


    Multiple display formats and flexible aspect ratio settings for outstanding reproduction of all broadcast formats on a wide variety of DTVs;


    Dolby® Digital 5.1 channel audio decoding with digital optical audio output;


    USB and data ports for connecting accessory devices;


    Memory Stick™ media slot for convenient JPEG and MPEG1 file playback. It can also display customized slide show with MP3 file background music; and


    A five device universal remote control.


    The DHG-HDD100 and the DHG-HDD200 digital video receiver/recorders will be available this fall for about $700, and $800, respectively.




    # # #


    Editor's Note: News releases and digital images with captions are available at For information regarding the nearest Sony authorized dealer or service location, your readers can call 1-800-222-SONY. For additional information about Sony Electronics products, consumers can visit Sony's website at Specifications are subject to change.


    CableLabs® and CableCARD™ are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. At the time of model release, the digital cable ready/CableCARD-based products listed above will have been verified as compliant with the applicable standards.
     
  4. Mark:F

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    So much for Sony backing off CRTs! I'm real happy with the 910 but wonder if you can comment - it looks like the 34" 955 resembles the 910 with SFP 1st generation, while the 960 having 2nd generation. HDMI for both TV reception and the HDTV recorder is backward compatible to the 910's DVI, so I'd probably use component from the recorder. Any other issues?
     
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    Would I be correct in assuming these recorders will tune and record local ota atsc signals as well as local ntsc ota, and will output HD scanrates via component cable for those of us early adopters with sets lacking DVI inputs?
     
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    One question, Is the KDF-60WF655 the next 60WE610 or 60XBR950? If its replacing the 60WE610 does that mean the XBR will still remain on top of the RPTV LCD by sony? Im asking because im saving up for the 60XBR950 or 70XBR950 and am wondering if I should just wait until sept. Thanks.
     
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    I can't wait I was just about to buy the current 34 inch XBR, but I am waiting till the V2 of the super fine pitch in the new model!

    I can't wait!!!
     
  8. Danny Beck

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    I'm a believer that you should buy the tv when you want it. Waiting for the new models seems a little silly to me because you can apply that theory and never buy a tv because you're always thinking "what will they release next year?". So, in my opinion just buy the tv you want now and don't look back.


    If you wait til next September you might hear about another company releasing a 1080p model in early 2005. Then, as you guessed it you might think to yourself "Oh, I could wait til that model comes out". Then, you wait til March of 2005 for that coveted 1080p set and Sony makes it's announcement for the September 2005 models. [​IMG]


    You get the picture. [​IMG]


    Dan
     
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    Couldn't agree more! I'm on the verge of buying right now, and I see this announcement, people talking about new products in the spring, wait for those until you buy. These aren't new products in the spring, they are next year's models, still 8 to 9 months away.

    And, if the GWIII threads here and at avsforum.com have tought us anything, it is that buying the latest and greatest is NOT the way to go. Give them time (a few months) to work the bugs out of their line. Never buy a car in the first year of production, wait until around the 3rd if possible, and if you can, buy the last year because they add real features to sweeten the deal and move them off the showroom floor in the face of anticipation of the new model. What you get in the old model is the most highly refined item possible from a manufacturer you respect, while what you get in the new model is bugs. My 2 cents.
     
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    Well, in all honesty the XBR910 does feature a new picture tube for 2003. [​IMG] However, it's been clear from the start that the XBR910 hasn't had major problems at all. It's now been out about 6 months and therefore any small problems that may have been there early in the production cycle are now fixed.

    My XBR910 is a January 2004 build. [​IMG]


    Dan
     
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    I was not impressed with the 910. considering it has more lines from your seating area your not gonna see the difference. in store I set up the XBR800 and the 910 exactly as they were next to each other and I found the picture was softer than the XBR , the XBR was sharper.

    I own a 36" XBR800 and think its a nice tv. I dont think from what I seen the 910 from a viewing distance makes the difference. just a softer pic to me. I was suprised by what I seen. people really are giving this tv props but I didnt see it.
     
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    Stephen_Dar,
    What are you going to buy? I'm with you on snapping up a 42"XBR, but imagine what that baby would weigh!
     
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    So is it safe to say that Sony will never make 16:9 Direct-view TVs bigger than 34"? I just wish they would because 34" inch is not big enough. A 32" 4:3 tube I think is equivalent to a 40" 16:9 tube (if you take into consideration their vertical viewing dimension).
     

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