Sony 34XBR800 vs. 36HS510

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  1. DerekBlain

    DerekBlain Auditioning

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    My local Circuit City has both the Sony 34XBR800 (floor model) and 36HS510 (in box) listed for approx $1800. In researching these two, I'm a bit torn about which is the 'better' set.

    This is my first HDTV-ready purchase. I'm leaning toward the hs510 for no better reason than that the xbr800 has been discontinued.

    My main concern is that the 36hs510 may be missing some key piece of technology that I'm unaware of. The 16:9 format of the xbr800 looks great, but I figure it shouldn't be the deciding factor. I'll be using the tv for network programming through time warner digital cable and viewing dvd's.

    Any suggestions?

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    Derek.
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I am not familiar with the 36” model Derek. The XBR800 models all have very fine pictures and that 24”, 16:9 model is a very fine set indeed. I would be cautious about buying any floor model. Showroom models are usually run at very high settings (high contrast, brightness, etc.) and this has a significant chance of shorting the life span of the display (especially in areas where warranties won’t help such as ‘burn-in’).
     
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  4. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    On the other hand almost all prime time network programming is in HD. And an increasing amount of sports. So if you plan on an HD-ready set, there is some reason to consider a 16:9 set.
     
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    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    The HS510 is a fine unit. I'd go with it instead of a floor model for the reasons Lew stated. I assume you're planning on HD at some point? Does your cable company offer HD?
     
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  7. DerekBlain

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    Thanks for responses. I've been leaning in the hs510 direction anyhow partly due to the 4:3 mode in the XBR looking like a 27" screen and now due to the idea of the xbr floor model possibly being a bit burned out. Although the wide zoom of the xbr sounds promising.

    Jack, my cable company does offer HDTV programming in addition to the HD cable boxes so I'll definitely be going that route.

    Thanks again for the feedback.
     

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