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

by Sony

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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 #464,091 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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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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31 of 31 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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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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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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