I am looking at getting a 34" CRT TV for my living room. I have decided to go with the Sony, of which there are two sets, the 34HS510 and the 34XBR910. I was set to go with the HS because it really is good enough for me, but I found a deal that will put the XBR at $200 more. You see, I need a stand for the set, so the matching Sony stand would work perfectly. There is a deal going on right now that the XBR comes with the matching stand, where the HS does not. If you add in the cost of the stand, the price difference is now only $200. For the $200 I get a full 2 year warranty vs the 1 year / 90 days, as well as the extra features of the XBR. I saw them both in the same store today (not side by side), and the XBR did seem to have smoother picture, but it was not as bright (something I have read about online). Neither set was calibrated and I didn't even have access to the user controls. Which ever set I get I will put through the full VE/Avia treatment, as well as service menu items if appropriate. It seems like the XBR should be worth it for the warranty alone, yet I'm afraid of the brightness issues, as well as I do like the case of the HS series more. It will be used for 50% SDTV, 30% HDTV and and 20% DVD. Thanks!