Looking at the two the only thing obvious I see different between them are the two "i-Link," aka FireWire ports in the back, the 960 has them, the 955 does not. I'd go with whichever was made later or has less hours/wear.
How much gas $ will that cost you RT? Charleston would seem like a decent size population for Craigslisting... Of course if they're in the sticks or somewhere hard to sell one of these heavyweights then you could play your obo card.
I believe the XBR960 has a firewire and cablecard inputs that the XS955 doesn't have. Otherwise I think it's mostly a wash and both use the SPF II tube. I own a 34XS955 and highly recommend going with the 34" over the 30" unit if you have the space for it. In a land of 50" living room TVs and 32" bedroom sets, you might find the 30" underwhelming when you put it down. Either way be sure to bring a friend or two as these Sonys are HEAVY!
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Sony KD-30XS955 Brief Specs
Hi-Scan™ High-Definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD™ required)
all signals displayed at 1080i or 480p
widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
Super Fine Pitch Aperture Grill
selectable color temperature control
DRC MultiFunction (upconverts non-HD signals to 960i or 480p)
CineMotion™ 3-2 pulldown processing
181-channel NTSC tuner
multibrand remote control
picture settings memory for each video input
7 A/V inputs, including:
4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
2 HD-compatible component video
(accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
1 HDMI digital audio/video input
2 RF inputs (Antenna, Cable)
Enhanced Memory Stick playback (JPEG, MPEG)
Energy Star® compliant
30 watts total (7.5 x 2, plus 15 for subwoofer)
optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
35-5/16"W x 23-7/16"H x 22-1/4"D
weight: 148 lbs.
warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor (2 years parts on the picture tube) http://www.crutchfield.com/S-RGY4ptdGrmG/p_158KD30XS9/Sony-KD-30XS955.html#overview-tab
I own a 34XS955 and highly recommend going with the 34" over the 30" unit if you have the space for it.
And the 30" is only the height equivalent of a mere 24" 4:3 set, yet is still in the heavyweight class. I have an old 27" 4:3 set as a coon-ass pictureNpicture next to my 34" 16:9 set, but it's sad that the 34" only has one inch of height over the 27".