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I like the current Wega sets but am wondering what new will be coming out on this year's sets. I guess DVI is one thing. Does anyone know any details for the next Sony or other models?

I have heard new Sony sets may be out by summer in the US. How about in Asia or the UK?

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Since Sony is tied in with ABC/Disney, they will surely support the DVI/HDCP thing.

I would expect refinements in their line doubling technology for standard definition viewing.

The current generation of Sonys in the stores look very good, so just expect refinements.
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Bob, that's a very good point about the line doubling for SDTV. The Perfect Vision review of a recent Sony XBR model referred to the improved Cinemotion (3:2 pulldown) and other scaling capabilities. That unit also had the first i-link(ieee1394) connection. Myself, I am not too concerned about the firewire or DVI but would be interested in an improved scaler.

Part of my problem is that the Asian models do not match the North American models and nearly all of the published reviews and AVScience discussion is on the NA models. I'd like to know if the current Asian (JApanese or Malaysian) Sony's are equivalent to the current NA models or if NA is a bit ahead. I can wait until the summer to buy a Sony (or other) if I think there will be an improvement in the next models, particularily in scaling.

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Don't forget the Memory Stick slot (hah). You can find the press release at the website. I have a 36xbr450 (which I'll be returning) and the Line Doubler (DRC) is ok with a good DirecTV feed, but has ugly artifacts (esp around words) with a mediocre feed, and you can't turn it off! But the new DRC is supposed to be better (one might say good I guess) and they've improved (and some people have been saying that you can turn it off) and the SVM is supposed to be better, oh and something about a 'HDTV amp' which made no sense to me. The overall impression I got was that the PQ was going to be better ESPICALLY for standard def signals.

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Sizam, when you say "new", what do you mean? When were the models with the new DRC released or have they? Do you have a model number so I can look into it more?

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This is the new Sony Direct-view line-up for North America:

FD Trinitron WEGA KV-40XBR800 (40-inch, about $3,500)
KV-36XBR800 (36-inch, about $2,500)
KV-34XBR800 (34-inch, 16:9 widescreen, about $3,000) available this fall

FD Trinitron WEGA KV-32HV600 (32-inch, about $2,000)
KV-36HS500 (36-inch, about $2,300)
KV-32HS500 (32-inch, about $1,800) available this summer.

http://news.sel.sony.com/pressrelease/2021
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The new or improved features:

Digital Visual Interface (DVI-HDTV) connection

DRC MultiFunction V1 circuitry, which gives viewers complete control over the level of DRC picture enhancement depending on the quality of the input signal or personal preference, thereby displaying clear, high quality images, no matter what the video source

HD Detailerâ„¢ wideband video amp, which reproduces finer image details when utilizing high definition sources such as an HD set top box and HD satellite receiver

ClearEdge VMâ„¢ wide band velocity modulation scanning, which doubles the bandwidth capacity from last year, takes picture enhancement a step further, enhancing not only conventional bandwidth, but higher frequency sources like DVD players and satellite receivers to take full advantage of 1080i chassis for exceptional clarity and depth.

http://news.sel.sony.com/pressrelease/2019
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I just saw this, the Japanese HD Wega 32"-34" models:

The "36" units are 16:9 sets which would be 34" in the US
The "34" units are 4:3 sets which would be 32" here

KD-36HD800: the top model with i-Link, DRC MultiFunction V1, Memory Stick

KV-36DX750: DRC-MF

KV-36DZ950: DRC MultiFunction V1

KD-36HD700: DRC MultiFunction V1, BS Digital Hi-Vision - don't know what BS is supposed to be

KV-34DR1: DRC-MF, BS

KV-34DRX5: DRC4

The first three seem to be 2001 models, the HD700 is a 2000 model.

http://www.sony.jp/products/Consumer...ze/index8.html
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[quote]Originally posted by Mad Maximus
[b]This is the new Sony Direct-view line-up for North America:

FD Trinitron WEGA KV-40XBR800 (40-inch, about $3,500)
KV-36XBR800 (36-inch, about $2,500)
KV-34XBR800 (34-inch, 16:9 widescreen, about $3,000) available this fall

FD Trinitron WEGA KV-32HV600 (32-inch, about $2,000)
KV-36HS500 (36-inch, about $2,300)
KV-32HS500 (32-inch, about $1,800) available this summer.


What is the KV-32HV600???

I know that there are current versions of the 5 other models, but I don't think there is a model right now between the 32hs20, and the 32xbr450...

Is this a brand new model?

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"Available in June, the step-up KV-32HV600 model with HD Detailer wideband video amp and DRC MultiFunction V1 circuitry will sell for around $2,000. "
http://news.sel.sony.com/pressrelease/2019

The lower-end HS models likely only have ClearEdge VMâ„¢ wide band velocity modulation scanning, DVI and Memory Stick.

Unfortunately, 3 (4 counting Memory Stick) of the new features may be worthless, aside from the possible option of turning off DRC. Both DRC and velocity modulation have gotten thumbs down in this forum. DVI may be the only noteworthy change from last year. The $3000 price tag of the KV-34XBR800 is a positive though.
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