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I'm getting comfused about the new Sony direct view models.

As I have it:

36XBR800 is late July
40XBR800 is Sept/Oct

When is 34XBR800?

And has anyone seen it? I assume it carries the "arc" design or a design patterned after the 40XBR700? Can anyone clarify this or give us a site link?

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Also available in July, the 16:9 widescreen KV-34XBR800 will sell for $4,999 (MSRP).


mines on order, i expect it mid AUG

4,999$ is a higher price then i remember people saying it was going to me... i got the Sony employee discount and got this sucker for 1700$ shipped. Looks like I saved more money then I thought.

if you have anyother questions on this Wega let me know
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4,999$ ...... Sony employee discount...for 1700$ shipped

I think I speak for others when I say, "HOLY MACARONI!"

edit: in reference to the employee discount. Being part of the industry has its benefits.
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Well this article and a few others I have read said $4999 MSRP… but I have read a few places that the final retail price will be somewhere around 2500$.

So I couldn’t really tell you what one is correct. I am either saving $3300, or $800.

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Wholly samolley! I have heard from two different retailers in the northern VA. area that a REAL price on the KV-34XBR800 is at $2400. and available in late July. Trust this info.
BTW, it is to have DVI, totally and easily defeatable SVM. Beyond that, I do not know what else has been revamped over last year. Oh, they scratched the built-in HD tuner...gone, which makes it competitive $-wise.
Are you aware of the excellent article by (the excellent) Gary Merson, in "The Perfect Vision", March/April 2002 ? Granted, it is on the KV-34XBR2 but I am sure it is excellent insight on much of the new unit's performance characteristics.

I have gone back and forth on choosing a direct-view 16:9. Merson did not find the Sony to be without (my impression) notable faults...significant misconvergence on corners, black-level/contrast compromises, etc.

The Toshiba is going to come in this August at a realistic, over-the-counter price of just a little lower at about $2200. Also has faults re. the geometry and corners. It's discouraging. It seems that the Philips has gotten the most consistent positive reports (9817...now to 9818). I think that it is worth exploring...maybe on sale at CC in Sept.

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$4999 looks like the Canadian dollars price

http://www.sony.ca/sonyca/aboutpress...isplay35.shtml

while

http://news.sel.sony.com/pressrelease/2019

Says $3000 (Second press release with New Jersey address)
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I pre-ordered mine from Magnollia Hi-Fi in Tacoma, WA and paid $2500. The manager at the store spoke directly to the Sony rep, who said to expect the sets in the NW in the third week of August. He also said that other areas of the country may be getting them as early as late July.

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$4999 looks like the Canadian dollars price

yep.
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I belive he's talking Canadian dollars. Different animal. US retail is right around $2495 is what I've been told.

But, HAS ANYONE SEEN A PICTURE?

Sorry for the screaming.

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Also available in July, the 16:9 widescreen KV-34XBR800 will sell for $4,999 (MSRP).


mines on order, i expect it mid AUG

4,999$ is a higher price then i remember people saying it was going to me... i got the Sony employee discount and got this sucker for 1700$ shipped. Looks like I saved more money then I thought.

if you have anyother questions on this Wega let me know
-Chuck

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Yeah, I read the Merson review. He didn't fall over himself with the superlatives, did he? Then again, reading between the lines, I got the sense that he wouldn't. he did say he was "thrilled" by the PQ in HD, liked the DRC, etc etc. Have you read similar or more favorable reviews of the Toshiba or Philips? I'm an old Sony person, so it would be hard to get me to go away from Sony on a direct view set.


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Are you aware of the excellent article by (the excellent) Gary Merson, in "The Perfect Vision", March/April 2002 ?

The Toshiba is going to come in this August at a realistic, over-the-counter price of just a little lower at about $2200. Also has faults re. the geometry and corners. It's discouraging. It seems that the Philips has gotten the most consistent positive reports (9817...now to 9818). I think that it is worth exploring...maybe on sale at CC in Sept.

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No one has seen a picture of it yet that I know of… as soon as some one gets pics PLEASE post it. I will put up dig cam shots of mine when it comes in but it would be nice to have some specs and pictures of it sooner. I am currently building a nice new stand for this 209lb beast to sit on but since I haven’t seen a picture or dimensions I’m just basing it off of the XBR2 with a few extra inches for good measure.

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When I ordered my TV, the Sony rep assured me that the 34XBR800 would use the same stand as the 34XBR2, so you should be safe.

I'm dying to see a picture of the set, too, seeing as I've already paid for it and all.

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I heard from a guy on Home Theater Spot that he had seen a picture (on a fax from Sony Canada to his dealer) and that it was the same outside as the 34XBR2. FWIW. I'm hoping he's right, because I love the look of that set.

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When it comes?
When is it expected?


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I will put up dig cam shots of mine when it comes in but it would be nice
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its on back order i found out today, should be here 2nd week in Aug hopefully
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