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Sony KV-34HS420 34-Inch FD Trinitron WEGA HD-Ready CRT TV

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  • 34-inch Hi-Scan TV with widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio; 39.13 x 25.75 x 23.75 inches (W x H x D)
  • Offers analog and digital (HDMI) high-definition inputs and a wealth of picture-enhancing technologies
  • High-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes
  • CineMotion Reverse 3:2 pulldown technology lets you watch progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format
  • Stereo speakers with 15 watts per channel; SRS TruSurround simulated surround sound and BBE sound enhancement
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Sony 34" FD Trinitron(R) WEGA Hi-Scan(TM) TV KV-34HS420 - Enjoy home-theater CRT TV dimensions with its 16:9 aspect ratio. CineMotion Reverse 3-2 Pulldown technology improves the look of older videos by preserving the integrity of the original film frames. Additional features include Speed Surf(TM) Channel Selection, V-Chip Parental Control, and TruSurround SRS Audio which are sure to please your eyes and ears. Wide View Modes HDMI/HDCP Interface MID X (Multi Image Driver-X) TruSurround SRS Audio (15W x 2) Steady Sound Automatic Volume Control With BBE Audio Effect Auto Mute Tuner Auto SAP Audio Output (Fixed/Variable) Dynamic Focus Circuitry Dynamic Picture Circuitry Trinitone Color Temperature ClearEdge VM (Wideband Velocity Modulation(TM) Scanning) Includes - Instruction Manual, Remote Control (RM-Y198), AA Battery (2) Unit Dimensions - 39 1/8 x 25 3/4 x 23 3/4 Unit Weight - 193 lbs 10 oz Connectivity - Component Video Input (Y/PB/PR) - 2 Rear / Composite Input - 1 Front/3 Rear / A/V Inputs - HMDI - 1 Rear / S-Video Input - (With Detection) - 1 Front/2 Rear / Control S - 1 Rear / Audio Output - 1 Rear / Monitor Output - 1 Rear Comes with NTSC analog TV tuner. HDTV reception requires optional HDTV tuner and antenna or special HD cable or satellite service

Bring the theater home with Sony's panoramic, high-definition-ready KV-34HS420 FD (flat display) Trinitron WEGA television. The 34-inch set offers analog and digital high-definition inputs, great audio features, and a suite of picture-enhancing technologies. Whether you're watching VHS tapes, DVDs, or high-definition (480p, 720p, 1080i) broadcasts, your programs will look breathtakingly good.

The set's widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, Hi-Scan 1080i display, and picture-improvement circuitry let you view a mix of sources at high resolutions, up to 1080i. DRC--Digital Reality Creation MultiFunction circuitry--upconverts standard interlaced (480i) video sources to 960i or progressive-scan 480p, while inputs as high-quality as 720p (720 lines, progressively scanned) are upsampled to full 1080i. Because DRC processes video signals in real time, it creates an image with 4 times the density of the original signal. Sony's MID-X (Multi Image Driver) maintains the integrity of a converted signal by minimizing image loss in the scaling process.

Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p and 720p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The set's auto 16:9 enhanced mode detects anamorphically encoded widescreen program sources and offers full picture resolution on the video program, wasting none of its usable lines of resolution on the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

The KV-34HS420's high-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in b rightness during scene changes and channel changes, while magnetic quadra-pole technology reduces "beam spot" distortion and improves corner-to-corner focus and picture sharpness.

ClearEdge VM wideband velocity modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas. The set's 3D digital comb filter compares each horizontal scanning line with the lines above and below it, as well as with the corresponding lines on previous and subsequent video frames. This results in higher horizontal resolution, higher vertical resolution, and reduced video noise.

The KV-34HS420 also employs CineMotion Reverse 3-2 PullDown technology (often called 3:2 pulldown), a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

Finally, Dynamic Focus circuitry automatically adjusts the picture during each scanning line for consistent corner-to-corner sharpness.

Two high-definition component-video inputs grant optimum connection with a DTV decoder and progressive-scan DVD player, while standard composite- and S-video inputs accommodate all DVD players. The set's HDMI interface provides a digital connection with your DTV receiver. HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable.

Choose between rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs for extra convenience. A rear AV output offers a switchable fixed- and variable-level analog audio output for hookup with a surround receiver or integrated amplifier.

The set features stereo speakers (with 15 watts per channel) and BBE sound enhancement. You can label the set's video inputs and channels for easy selection. If you don't have Dolby Pro Logic processing or a surround speaker system, the TV's SRS TruSurround will simulate surround sound through any 2 speakers.

Other video technologies include auto white balance, Dynamic Picture Processor circuitry, Trinitone color temperature control, and vertical aperture compensation. An optional accessory for the set is the Sony audio/video cabinet SU-34HX1.

What's in the Box
TV, remote control (RM-Y188), 2 AA batteries, a user's manual, warranty information.

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Brand NameSony
Item Weight194 pounds
Product Dimensions43.6 x 29.1 x 20.7 inches
Item model numberKV34HS420
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Best Sellers Rank #611,884 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight211 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 AvailableAugust 1, 2004
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They were right about the picture quality.
sonnsett Radius
I learned that CRTs still have some of the best pictures out there, particularly in this size range.
Mark Somol
It is also extremely heavy (about 160 lbs) so forget about dragging it very much upstairs.
M. Fabro

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By davidmbfonz on August 13, 2004
I bought this new Sony earlier this week and it is amazing. Of course, the grain-of-salt part of this review should be stated - this is my first HDTV and I am still in awe of the images. Truly remarkable. I was looking for a 34-inch direct-view tube TV (CRT) mostly because of the price. But, what I've found out since (even finding this out AFTER my purchase), is that direct-view tube TVs have better image quality, especially blacks and contrast, than plasma or LCD! I couldn't believe that at first, because I truly thought I was making a compromise by opting for a CRT display. Not so.

I also must admit my slight embarrassment when I found out that I bought the biggest direct-view widescreen tube TV that there is. This was also an accident, as I thought there must be bigger. In the store, of course, this TV looks much smaller than many of the others that surround it. But in my decent-sized living room, it's big! Oh, and so crystal clear. I'm not usually a documentary buff, but I'll watch ANYTHING in HDTV at this point... the Olympics will be awesome in HDTV.

One last thing - I feel like I received two presents in one because the widescreen display now makes all of my DVD collection look brand-new again. It's truly awseome! Oh, and by the way, I insisted on the salesman at circuit city showing me a better model for my money (limiting to approx. 34-inches and only widescreen considered) and he couldn't do it. The only better model I was considering was the XBR version of this TV (which comes with a built-in tuner, but with cable or satellie, you won't need a tuner). But, it was $600-$700 more! No way!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Stanton on August 16, 2004
This HDTV has me and all my friends glued to anything and everything that we watch on it. Regular tv shows are improved, HDTV shows are unbelieveably realistic and vivid. My DVD's, XBOX, and Playstation2 games seem like they are the next generation of games yet to come. I highly recommend this TV and be sure to get all of the top of the shelf cables, and power strips/power signal cleaners for it. Give this tv the best and it gives it right back to you.

One thing sure to have this baby delivered! Have the stand ready for the delivery guys (probably gonna be at least 3 if not 4) to set it up onto. This baby weighs in at a whopping 200LBS! and is very front heavy and awkward to lift. My 3 friends and I almost dropped mine a few times getting it up the stairs; and where they placed in on my entertainment console, is where it is going to stay for a long time I am sure. And where I plop myself down on the couch in front of it, is where I will be for a long time too... Maybe I should upgrade my couch too...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Somol on December 15, 2004
I spent 3 months researching TVs before finally selecting this sony. I learned that CRTs still have some of the best pictures out there, particularly in this size range. My brother has a 42" rear projection HDTV and I have watched TV on some of the big plasmas, so I had some first-hand experience to compare this Sony.

In the end, my decision was based on a combination of size and cost -- 34" was the biggest I could go, $1500 max price. So, I took a careful look at many TVs and narrowed a list down to the following: Panasonic CT-34WX54, Philips 34PW8502, Zenith C34W37, Toshiba 34HF83. Several of those manufacturers have new models, so make sure to check on them. Each were around the same price (I got in on the $1350 deal for the Sony at Circuit City in July, as a previous reviewer noted) and had similar features. I picked this list as these manufacturers have reputations for good quality CRTs -- you can't go wrong with any of them. As many will say, you have to see TVs to really tell what you like. The Sony won for me.

I would highly suggest anyone buying a new TV also invest in AVIA's Guide to Home Theater or Digital Video Essentials. These products will help you calibrate your TV so you get the most out of your investment.

I have had this TV for about 6 months and I am extremely pleased with it. Everything works flawlessly and most importantly the picture looks fanastic. Watching the Sox win the World Series in HD was a great sight!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Fabro on January 9, 2006
After much research, I still believe that the CRT technology is unmatched for HDTV. Take your time and visit the stores and watch how images are refreshed on LCD or plasma then compare to CRT. There is only one reason to by the flat screens: if you have space problem.
Picture quality (your first requirement in a TV) is outstanding. In HD is breathtaking. I fully agree with another review listing the Discovery HD channel as your "guest amazement" option. I got hooked up to that and it is now my channel of choice. The image is so perfect that I wish I could print it out to create posters.
Audio is very good, of course you can connect it to a HT system, good values around 400 $ will give you a great improvement.
This SONY 34" HDTV is awesome but will take one whole corner (about a four by four feet space) out of your living room. It is also extremely heavy (about 160 lbs) so forget about dragging it very much upstairs.
There are only two things I would improve: add a second HDMI input (a must if you want to connect an up-converting DVD) and add a 'toggle' button on the remote for the input sequence. The TV has seven different inputs (from regular analog cable, through a sequence of S-Video and composite inputs, to the high end HDMI). It would be nice to be able to, say, 'toggle' between HDTV cable box and DVD without having to go through all of them.
So, if you are looking for an HDTV now, this is your match. For the next few years the quality of CRT will still remain on top. Be sure however to decide between the 30" and 34" size. I felt that the 30" was too small for my living room but I have to say that the 16:9 aspect ratio may throw you off: this is a large TV.
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