I'm about to spend approx. $2k on a new 36" Sony HD-ready CRT TV. Could someone help me spend my money? I need clarification of the relative pros and cons of the following models:
36XBR800 <--leaning towards, but it's $$
36XBR450 <-- ok, now I'm confused
36HS20 <-- is this HD-ready?
36HS500 <-- what is this? the new 36HS20?
Anything else I should consider? Primary input today is digital cable (90%) and prog-scan DVD (10%), but will probably move to DirecTV or Dish after I get the new set. In terms of audio, I usually run movies and important TV content (e.g. playoff basketball) through my home stereo, so the built-in speakers need not be the world's best.
Thanks for the help!
[ This message was edited by: batesmarshall on 2002-07-30 20:34 ]
Joined: Jan 15, 2002
From: Scottsdale Az.
Posted: 2002-07-31 00:58
I have the XBR450 and if the 800 is better, I may have to trade up. The picture on most stations (with standard analog cable input) is so sharp, I would swear I was watching a digital channel. The XBRs have been rated as the best HDTVs around for quite a while now (and not just in THIS forum). I would definitely go with the 800 unless you can find a smokin' deal on a 450.
So it sounds like the 36HS500 would be a good second choice behind the new XBR800 (or the XB450 for that matter) if I wanted to save a little money, but wanted to retain the DVI input for the sake of future interfaces.
Is that right? Do we have any 36HS500 owners in the house?
Joined: Jul 19, 2002
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2002-08-07 14:48
Play Baseball? 3rd Bass? Did Anybody get that??
Anyway - Yes, the HS500 DOES have DVI, nice huh? The lowest prices I was able to find were $1899.00 @ LGDSuperstore.com, and $1895.00 @PricesRite.com. As opposed to 2199.00 from SonyStyle.com and 1999.99 from Crutchfield. Add to that the $200.00 Tax, $200.00 Warranty, $200.00 Shipping and in home delivery of a 250lb TV).
But I know for a fact that CrazyEddie.com will match any price out there. I bought my reciever (SonyES 333ES) and Surrounds (Polk Bipole/Dipole f/x300i's) from them and they matched prices while we were on the phone. They just pulled up the competitor's web site (Brandnamez.com) and said "Sure, we can do that!".
I don't know if you have Magnolia Hi-Fi in NY but I was just there 2 days ago and the guy said when they come in he'll match any price. I'll probably get it from SEARS though because they generally have low prices AND price match. This is how I figured the price: The HS500 is an update to the 36HS20 so you can assume that they will be around the same price. The 35HS20's are going for 1500.00 at PricesRite.com. Crutchfield is cool but their prices are too high and there's no haggling.
Joined: Jun 18, 2002
From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted: 2002-08-07 17:13
XBR800 has adjustable DRC (v1), while HS500 has last years, non-adjustable DRC XBR450.
Then again, i havent felt the need to adjust DRc's yet, as the pre-sets available seem to be fine. Not sure if HS has diffeerent pre-sets or only one DRC palette setting.
Well I bought the 36XBR800, and I'm very happy with it. Picture quality with my ATT digital cable is superb (surprisingly), and DVD source is the best image I've ever seen on a TV. Just watched Lord of the Rings last night and it was an amazing experience.
Haven't yet had the chance to figure out the DRC adjustments, but I was happy to see the default looking so good with my crappy cable input signal.
Love the dual-view PIP function, the built-in speakers, the on-screen menus, the bezel design, and of course the picture tube.
Wish the TV was a little less deep, had a CompactFlash slot on the front instead of Memory Stick (can you say Betamax?), and came with a better remote (no on-screen menu controls for my digital cable ).
Let me know if anyone has any questions about this set. Oh, and I paid $2050 at Good Guys in San Jose, which had the unit marked at $2299.
Joined: Aug 27, 2002
From: Langhorne, PA
Posted: 2002-09-20 07:58
I have the 36xbr800 with Digital Cable, too, and my picture is very snowy using high end Monster Brand rca cables. What connections are you using to get a good picture?
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