Sony Wega KV-36FV27, anyone have one?

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  1. Dave Schofield

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    I've searched both here and at AVSForums and I haven't found very many opinions on the Wega KV-36FV27. What are the differences between this set and the KV-36FS17 ? Am I incorrect in saying the only difference is the location of the speakers? If so, why the $400 price difference?
    I found this: http://www.sonystyle.com/images/comp...vcompchart.pdf on Sony's site...
    Thanks for the help!
     
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    I'm not familiar with the KV-36FS17, but I do know the KV-36FV27 includes infrared wireless headphones; I owned one for about ten days...
     
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    I sense a story... [​IMG]
    If you follow the link I posted it says that the 36FV27 can output 480i signals (while the FS cannot), what does this mean? I'm not familar with the intricacies of progressive signals, though I thought that was designated xxxp, which is why 480i doesn't ring any bells...
     
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    Well, all properly functioning NTSC-based televisions display 480 interlaced lines. And the FV-series of WEGAs are not capable of progressive-scan images.

    Besides the wireless headphones, the FV27 features an automatic 16:9 mode, whereas the FS models required manual activiation of the 16:9 mode. Therefore, with the FV27 being fed a signal by a DVD player that is set for 16:9 output, the WEGA's raster automatically collapses into a 16:9 window--meaning that all of the 16:9-enhanced DVD's 480 lines of resolution are utilized.

    Only the XBR-series WEGAs are capable of 480p images.
     
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    I just bought the KV-32FV27 and when comparing that to the FS this is what I found as the difference.

    1. 3D Digital Comb Filter compared to a 3 line Digital Comb Filter

    2. Better speakers 15w x 2 vs 10w x 2

    3. Wireless headphones

    4. Smart Sound

    That's all I can remember
     
  6. Dave Schofield

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    Jack, in the link I posted:

    Display of 480i inputs: KV-36FV27-yes, KV-36FS17-no

    Any ideas?

    Scott, are the headphones any good? I need a pair of wireless headphones (living room opens to a loft that a friend is staying in for the summer, he'd appreciate me using headphones).

    (BTW, that .pdf shows that the HS20s and XBRs double the input to 960i, while the FVs leave it at 480i and the FSs don't even display it, at least that is how I read it)
     
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    The headphones are real nice, but don't have a long range. I would guestimate about 12 feet and then you begin to lose signal.
     
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    HI

    I BOUGHT THE SONY ABOUT 1 1/2 MONTHS AGO AT SEARS AND AM

    VERY HAPPY WITH IT. THE HEADPHONES ARE PRETTY NICE.

    TERRY
     
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    Dave, that would appear to be an error in the link. Both of those sets receive and display 480i signals only. They are not capable of anything else.

    The headphones are pretty nice for late-night viewing in an apartment. They have a pretty decent frequency range, and play pretty loud without gross distortion.
     
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    double post
     
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    Terry, how much did you pay for it? I hear Sears has a pretty generous price matching scheme and since I found the set at Crazy Eddie for $1299.95 ...

    Jack, I'm confused are you saying that Sony is incorrect in saying that their FS sets can't do 480i? I understand that 480i is typical cable television, is it not? If so, isn't that a pretty big mistake to make in their sales flyer?
     
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    Jack, the HS series also display 480p. The XBRs can display 480i as 960i or 480p whereas the HS are limited to 960i. But, I believe the HS does display 480p for 480p sources.

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    Neil, that is right- the XBR has DRC--Digital Reality Creation which makes it much nicer than the HS series. It also has a better remote and the better SRS sound. As for the FV, remember the headphones (at least on the 32", which I've demo'd) have to be in view of the tv. I think the FV also has SRS "trusurround" which makes the sound much better. I think is also incorporates a video monitor out plus I know it stays in 16X9 mode versus on the FS series you have to switch back to enhanced mode after only changing video sources.
     
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    The HS series has DRC but not the 3:2 Cinemotion stuff.

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    I didn't say that the FS-series (and FVs) can't display 480i; I said that 480i is all they can display.

    Neil is correct in pointing out that the HS-series is 480p-capable, as well as capable of 1080i; those sets lack the 2:3 pulldown circuitry that's on the XBRs.

    Sorry for any confusion I may have caused.
     
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    HI SCOTT

    I ORIGINALY PAID $1349 FOR THE TV.

    ($1,299 INTERNET PRICEMATCH + $50 SHIPPING)

    THEN APPROX 3 WEEKS AGO WHEN SEARS WAS OFFERING

    AN ADDITIONAL 10%OFF SALE WHEN YOU USE A SEARS CARD

    I WENT BACK TO THE STORE & THEY ADJUSTED MY ACCOUNT FOR

    AN ADDITIONAL $135.

    SO ULTIMATELY I PAID $1,214 PLUS TAX, DOWN FROM $1699.

    TERRY
     
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    DAVE I DID NOT MEAN TO CALL YOU SCOTT

    SORRY
     

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