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Sony WEGA KD-34XBR970 34-Inch FD Trinitron Digital HDTV

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  • FD Trinitron WEGA flat screen
  • Analog and digital receivers
  • 3-D digital comb filter. HDMI 1
  • Favorite channel function
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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight190 pounds
Product Dimensions44 x 32 x 29.5 inches
Item model numberKD34XBR970
Color NameMedium Grey
  
Additional Information
ASINB000F4RC02
Best Sellers Rank #471,295 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight209 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableMarch 28, 2005
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: KD34XBR970
  • Display Technology: CRT
  • Display Size: 34 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

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Sony’s KD-34XBR970 FD Trinitron® WEGA® Flat Screen Technology is the basis of Sony's award-winning line of visually flat televisions. The FD Trinitron sets deliver incredible image accuracy, wide viewing angles, outstanding contrast, and corner-to-corner detail. The visually flat FD Trintron® tube minimizes annoying glare from light sources, which enhances contrast. Detail, corner-to-corner, is rendered more accurately because images aren't distorted by a curved screen. Squares are square, straight lines appear straight, and circles are circular.

Feature List

  • FD Trinitron® WEGA® Flat Screen
    Delivers a picture with uncompromising accuracy and outstanding image detail via a technologically advanced tube.
  • Analog and Digital Receivers
    Built-in tuners allow you to receive both analog and digital (NTSC) programming. Digital programming is available via terrestrial signals (over-the-air).
  • CineMotion®
    Inverse 3:2 Pulldown: using the reverse 3-2 pull down technology, the Cinemotion feature provides smoother picture movement when playing back movies or other video sources on film.
  • DRC-MF® (Digital Reality Creation Multi Function Circuitry)
    Replaces an analog signal's NTSC waveform with the near-HD equivalent. The result is an image with four times the picture density.
  • HDMI™1 (High Definition Multifunction Interface)
    Provides an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between the TV and any HDMI-equipped audio/video component, such as a set-top box, DVD player, and A/V receiver. HDMI supports enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio.
  • 3-D Digital Comb Filter
    Separates luminance from chrominance in composite video signals using digital memory to improve the image.
  • Program Palette™ Presets (Vivid/Standard/Movie/Pro)
  • Favorite Channel
    Allows you to preview up to sixteen favorite channels without leaving the current channel.
  • Parental Control (V-Chip)
    Helps parents monitor what their children watch on TV by establishing rating limits.
  • Component Video Input (Y/PB/PR)
    2 (Rear)1080i/720p/480p/480i capable, and achieves greater color accuracy than composite and S-Video when connecting to compatible devices (DVD players, VCRs, etc.).

Product Description

The KD-34XBR970 FD Trinitron WEGA Flat Screen Technology is the basis of Sony's award-winning line of visually flat televisions. FD Trinitron sets deliver incredible image accuracy, wide viewing angles, outstanding contrast, and corner-to-corner detail. The visually flat FD Trintron tube minimizes glare from light sources, which enhances contrast. Detail, corner-to-corner, is rendered more accurately because images aren't distorted by a curved screen. Squares are square, straight lines appear straight, and circles are circular.

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The picture is amazing, the built in speakers are actually pretty good as well (surprisingly) and it is built like a tank so you will never have to worry about theft. Read more ›
The Sony WEGA KD-34XBR970 34" FD Trinitron Digital HDTV is a great 4:3 aspect ratio CRT set. These will not be around much longer. Read more ›
So I called a friend, we really needed a third person because it's about 250 pounds and hard to get a good grasp on it. well, to sum this up quick, even…great picture! n… Read more ›
I'm glad I heeded the advice of many reviewers and snagged one for $600 w/free delivery from Circuit City several months ago. Stunning picture quality. Someone mentioned… Read more ›
Why am I talking about compressed signals or video? Well, all the HDTV (atsc) is compressed. It uses the MPEG-2 standard. Read more ›
The LCD looked unbelievable with my 360, but there was slight lagging with fast games like COD2. The Sony looks about as good, with perfect tube performance. It defaults to… Read more ›
LCD / LED / OLED, Plasma, whatever. A CRT screen still has the best resolution. And this one does not disappoint. Read more ›
And of tube TV's, this…The picture is simply beautiful, and looks great for movies, gaming, and even looks good with regular old low def TV (which looks HORRIBLE on LCD!!). Read more ›
If you can afford the space, and don't require an exceptionally large screen, the Sony KD-34XBR970 is the choice. Read more ›
So in conclusion, I highly recommend the Sony KD-34XBR970 Tube television to…Get a CRT while you still can, because they are being phased out for the lower quality LCD. D… Read more ›
The colors are sooo rich and beautiful, blacks are true black(like how the screen looks when its…And unlike LED, LCD, and plasma tvs, this tv has AMAZING stereo sound. I… Read more ›
The colors are sooo rich and beautiful, blacks are true black(like how the screen looks when its off), and as far as clarity and resolution, you cannot distinguish it from… Read more ›
Price is lower than LCD, viewing from side (anything other than straight on) is better than LCD, reliability and service should be better with 34XBR, picture quality is… Read more ›
This is simply the best HD TV you can buy for the money. Picture quality is outstanding regardless of price. Size and weight may be an issue, but if not this is the one to… Read more ›
A store manager at Circuit City rang up my $100 refund and he commented on the low price - he had first thought there was some kind of mistake on the advertised price as… Read more ›
If you'd like to get a widescreen high-definition TV now but you don't want to spend thousands of dollars on an…The picture is superb and the price is quite reasonable. Read more ›
So for a huge difference in price with nearly identical picture quality and all of the same key features that I was interested in this set is my first choice. Read more ›
The only things I could of asked for from this tube is maybe Super Fine Pitch which was included in the previous incarnation (XBR960), Picture In Picture, and maybe an… Read more ›
I have been shoping for a HDTV with the ability to connect my computer and my PS3 to, and I have to tell…The black is perfect, the white brite, the colors just prefect! I… Read more ›
As a former high-end television salesperson, I must say if you are interested in picture quality (blacker blacks, whiter whites, a sharp picture, bright picture from all… Read more ›
However, this WEGA is like watching 3-D! The clarity is outstanding (blackest of black)-simply stated it cannot be beaten. HD Flat Screen CRT's are not likely to be… Read more ›
There is one HDMI port. The screen is huge, the colors are crisp, the blacks are dark, the whites are bright. Skin tones look realistic here and the HDTV looks darn good… Read more ›
The colors are sooo rich and beautiful, blacks are true black(like how the screen looks when its off), and as far as clarity and resolution, you cannot distinguish it from… Read more ›
well because most flat screens have bad latencies, and for video games this is a big no no. i want my stuff to move the millisecond i move the controller, not 12 or 20… Read more ›
LCD TVs look pitifully pale in comparison. The sound quality is quite good too. It's a beast in terms of depth and weight but I don't care. Read more ›
Make sure you do not set it directly across a large window. Sound quality is not great, adding a surround sound receive made a huge difference. The TV is heavy, but Sony… Read more ›
The colors are sooo rich and beautiful, blacks are true black(like how the screen looks when its…And unlike LED, LCD, and plasma tvs, this tv has AMAZING stereo sound. I… Read more ›
Programming that I watched for years in regular format now became something…Viewing a simple football game puts you right into the action with stunning clarity and sound. Read more ›
Have use this trouble free for 1 1/2 yrs and have a HD DVD set up which provides excellent results. Very good sound for a TV. Read more ›
Then I bought a new SD Wega and found that, while the picture was still great, the TV had lost so many features compared to the model I had had before, no PIP, no audio… Read more ›
Others wish for a second HDMI input and I agree that's all this TV…It also has a very comprehensive menu with all kinds of usefull features and settings to play with. Read more ›
So... more screen area, better picture, lower price,tons of features, what's not to like? Read more ›
This TV turned out to be the perfect answer. The picture is really nice with standard cable or satellite and awesome with DVDs. I'm not even bothering to pay for an HD… Read more ›
In fact, many experts (including…This widescreen HD Sony TV has a very good picture with standard broadcasts and an outstanding picture with HD broadcasts and DVDs. If… Read more ›
I do not subscribe to HD programming because of the small assortment of channels and the price for most programming is out of…This is not a good TV to watch SD programming. Read more ›
First, it is capable of…It is bright enough to be viewed in a fully-lit room, and the picture's superb color characteristics remain intact regardless of viewing angle. Read more ›
Okay, it weighs 1/10 of a ton; nobody's going to steal…I love the picture, the remote is utterly logical to use, the factory warranty is two years parts and labor in-home. Read more ›
Excellent clarity, true black point, 179.9 degree viewing angle. Easy to use. Great warranty. Read more ›
And of tube TV's, this…The picture is simply beautiful, and looks great for movies, gaming, and even looks good with regular old low def TV (which looks HORRIBLE on LCD!!). Read more ›
Okay, it weighs 1/10 of a ton; nobody's going to steal…I love the picture, the remote is utterly logical to use, the factory warranty is two years parts and labor in-home. Read more ›
Easy to use. Great warranty. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By B. Lama on August 16, 2006
Let me start by saying this... all those newfangled tv technologies you see in your local electronics store... LCD, DLP, Plasma... are nice, sure. They can be super slim, super light, hang on a wall, or they can have very large screens, sure. In many ways they may seem superior to the good ol' tube television we have all grown up with.

But there is one way that they still have not caught up and in many cases, don't even come CLOSE.... PICTURE QUALITY!

ANYONE who would be considered a "TV Buff" agrees that, nice as these new types of TV's are, a good quality regular 'old' CRT (tube) television still provides the best overall picture quality, with the best and most realistic colors and blacks, best contrast, and best refresh rates. Especially the high def tubes. And most agree that Sony makes THE BEST QUALITY PICTURE TUBES, PERIOD!

And yet, Tube TV's in general (and high def, widescreen tubes in particular) are a dieing breed. Big manufacturers are shifting from Tube to the new technologies, and slowly, the best high end tube TV's are being replaced by smaller, less expensive versions that are shorter and shorter on features.

Sony is following this trend in a BIG way. They have already discontinued the Super Fine Pitch line of tubes, which was far and away considered THE BEST PICTURE that could be had from ANY kind of television, and was literally used as the reference point by which all other TV's, Tube, LCD or otherwise, were judged. Also, the Wega line and XBR line in general continue to lose features thru each generation now.

So... what we have here, is probably one of the last great tube HDTV's that you will ever be able to buy, and the best CRT TV that is currently readily available.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By T. Moffitt on April 17, 2006
I've been looking at the previous two high end CRT sets that Sony made (the KD-34XBR960 and the KD-34XS955) for many months but had a hard time justifying the price ($1899 & $1699 respectively).

Our local Sears still has a 960 set up so we were able to compare the pic quality to the new 970 which, quite frankly, I expected to pale in comparison.

Boy, was I wrong!

The image quality of the new 970 is so close to that of the previous top-of-the-line CRT that it's almost impossible to see any difference. By contrast, the KD-34XBR970 is a whopping $500-$700 less than either of the previous models!

Now there are a few small differences in terms of features but frankly those extra features, such as PIP and cablecard, were of little interest to me and would certainly not be worth paying HALF AGAIN the price of the new set and as for the fact that the KD-34XBR970 has a lesser sound system...well, I plan on hooking the set up through my sound system when watching DVDs so it's a non issue ALTHOUGH the built-in speakers and sound is still pretty darn good.

So for a huge difference in price with nearly identical picture quality and all of the same key features that I was interested in this set is my first choice.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Eric Carlisle on April 1, 2006
I was looking for my first quality HDTV with a budget of under $1300. Like many, I first looked at all of the many cool-factor lightweight LCD's. While they do look cool and are very lightweight compared to CRTs; I went with the Sony KD34-XBR970 because of the better picture quality available from a CRT as opposed to what an LCD can produce right now. CRTs can produce true dark blacks and I think that is a very important part of the movie experience.

Although this tv weighs in close to 200lbs, you can have somebody like Crutcfield or SonyStyle, deliver it in your home completely free of charge! So please don't be intimidated by the size. They can do the work for you!

The only things I could of asked for from this tube is maybe Super Fine Pitch which was included in the previous incarnation (XBR960), Picture In Picture, and maybe an extra HDMI connection, but those features would have greatly increased the price of the TV for many.

So in conclusion, I highly recommend the Sony KD-34XBR970 Tube television to anyone out there looking for an incredible widescreen 34" picture that surpasses anything LCD can offer in picture quality in this price range. Get a CRT while you still can, because they are being phased out for the lower quality LCD. Don't be fooled by all of the marketing and hype for LCD!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Morgan on November 3, 2006
As a former high-end television salesperson, I must say if you are interested in picture quality (blacker blacks, whiter whites, a sharp picture, bright picture from all angles) This is your television. Let me start by pointing out a couple obvious negatives.

(1) This t.v. is a monster, two adults at a minimum to carry, this cat is H...E..A..V...Y.

(2) This T.V. is NOT light.

There are good reasons why Circuit City / Best Buy / Local T.V. Dealers, do not place this television next to more expensive DLP, LCD and Plasma televisions--with a real H.D. signals being pumped in the back. It is one thing for a television to show a pre-recorded channel over and over, it is quite another to take an "o.k." source and make it look great. That is what this t.v. did with my DVD's--my Star Wars III looked like it was in HD, but it wasn't. The same DVD on my old television looked adequate, my wife's comment upon first seeing C-3PO's crisp gold ..."that's blinding!"

I would recommend this television to anyone not looking to hang the t.v. or save a lot of space (depth wise), but wants the best picture available.
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