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Okay, I just got an email from a friend of mine with this link

The good news is that the 2nd generation Super Fine Pitch has been enhanced with 28% reduction in beam spot size, higher contrast, brighter picture, and sharper focus.

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The price will still be $2200 MSRP.

Here are the specs from the link:

Dimensions
39 1/8" x 25 5/8" x 23 7/8" (994 x 652 x 605mm)



Weight
TBD



Features
Steady Sound® Automatic Volume Control With BBE® Audio Effect

Auto Mute Tuner

Auto SAP

Audio Output (Variable/Fixed)

Auto Channel Program

Caption Vision (CC)

Channel Fix

Channel Label

Channel Skip/Add

Clock/Timer Two Event

Energy Star® Compliant

Favorite Channel With Preview

Front Button Menu Control

Picture Freeze

Channel Jump

On Screen Display (English/Spanish/French)

Program Paletteâ„¢ (Vivid/Movie/Standard/Sports)

Tilt Correction

Scrolling Channel Indexâ„¢ System

Sleep Timer Function

Speed Surfâ„¢ Channel Selection

V Chip Parental Control

Video Label

Wide Modes: (Normal/Full/Zoom/Wide Zoom)

Super Fine Pitch MICROFOCUSâ„¢ CRT
incorporates smaller phosphor particles and a thinner phosphor layer over Sony's previous MICROFOCUSâ„¢ picture tubes, to achieve a 28% reduction in beam spot size. The result is a sharper focus, higher contrast and a brighter image.

Digital Reality Creationâ„¢ MultiFunction V1 Circuitry
raises standard definition signals to HD quality to display clear, stable images from any video source.

CineMotionâ„¢ 3-2 Pulldown
improves the display of video programs originally shot on 24 frames per second film preserving the integrity of the original film frames for more fluid motion and more fine detail.

HD Detailerâ„¢ Wideband Video Amp
has a higher (or wider) bandwidth frequency rating, ensuring that the fine details contained in the original source make it all the way through the set and are displayed on the screen.

Dynamic Focusâ„¢ Circuitry

Dynamic Picture Circuitry

Trinitone® Color Temperature

ClearEdge VMâ„¢ (Wideband Velocity Modulation Scanning)

Vertical Aperture Compensation

Vertical Center Adjustment

3 D Digital Comb Filter

Auto Pedestal Clamp

Auto White Balance

High Voltage Regulator

HD Detailerâ„¢ Wideband Video Amplifier

TruSurround™ SRS® Audio Processing

Hi Scan 1080iâ„¢ ; Display

High Voltage Regulator

Clear Edge VMâ„¢ Wideband Velocity Modulation

HD Detailerâ„¢ Wide Band Video Amplifier

Super Fine Pitchâ„¢ CRT



Specifications
Power Requirements: AC 120V 60Hz
Component Video Input (Y/PB/PR): 2 Rear
Composite Input: 1 Front/3 Rear
HDMI: 1 Rear
S-Video Input: (with detection) 1 Front/2 Rear
Control S: 1 Rear
Audio Output: 1 Rear
Monitor Output: 1 Rear
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If this price is correct, then I definitely will reconsider going for the Sony, especially if the 34" widescreen Panasonic MSRP is $1399. Almost half the price!

A 42" Sony GWIII LCD RPTV would be about the same price as the 34" Sony.

I can't believe the picture will be twice as good as the Panasonic.
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That site also has the 30XBR910 listed at $2199 and the 34XBR910 listed at $2699. Those prices are B2B, to be used as employee incentives and the like. The retail prices will almost surely be as previously reported, perhaps lower.
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You didn't really think a brand new Sony TV was going to come out cheaper than last year's model did you?

Does look awesome, though...

Great ISF Job by Chad B.
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The price listed is from a link for an incentive. THIS is NOT the price for the PUBLIC!!!! The Publicly released price is $2200!!!! (as stated in the news release).
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Good. I hope you're right. I want the new 960!
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Like Jaminson said,

I am not sure about the price tag. But I am going to trust the sony press release for now.

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if it means anything, the new gamestar magazine has this tv in it, and lists the price as $2200
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aren't they going to make a 510-like version of this new monitor?
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^^^
Yeah and its called XS-950 I believe with superfine Pitch. XS-950 will replace HS510 and give it a boost in higher resolution...

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..I can't wait to trade my 34hs510 for the new 960. Has anyone heard if it is still on track for a june release or not?...and one more quick question, is the case pretty much the same as the 34xbr910..thanks, and happy HD viewing!
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I'm interested in the 960, too, but thinking about waiting until any bugs are worked out. Did Sony make any modifications to the 910s after the initial units were shipped?
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Powderdog, that's a good question.

Bloated, are you serious? You have the 510 but want to upgrade already? You must be single :)
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Speaking of the HS510-- a certain big box store, that carries the XBR910 as well, has the HS listed under $1700 on their website... not too bad
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..rjb, I'm trading my 510 for the 960 due to many replacement 510's from sony...my current one has in the words of the last tech sent out "some of the worst geometry he's ever seen", so sony has agreed to wait until june so i can get a 960 as a replacement..to all those thinking of getting a 510...don't...I really wish i had done more homework before purchasing this stinky 'ol dog!...no adjustable DRC is reason enough not to, even if you're lucky and get a good set with tweakable geometry and good purity...
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I don't see anything in the specs saying it has an integrated DTV receiver. Was this stated in previous press releases?
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Does anyone have any information on exactly when the 960 will be in stores? I checked with Tweeters and they did not have it in their computers.

I know June is the release date but does that mean they'll be in the stores in June? If they will be in the stores in the first half of June, would we have heard by now?
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Is it late this month you'll be receiving the products from Sony or is that the estimated shipping date from Sony? I appreciate the information you've been sharing with us. Thanks.
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hi guys. i am planning to buy this TV, and went to my local GG and Fry's and asked about when they will be getting them. i told them i heard from the sony website that the release date is june, but then the salespeople laughed and said "yeah right. it'll get pushed back to about august if youre lucky"

im new to this, so is the typical release dates of sony products usually delayed?
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August is pretty typical, the June date is usually when they start shipping from the factory - there is a lag to get out on display at the retail stores, varies with the store chains and across the country.
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Nothing against you Joxer, but I tend to disagree.

The new panasonic was scheduled to be released on May 1st. It is in the stores as of a few days ago. Sony is not panasonic, but I think the same should hold true. Does anywhere remember about what happened with the 910 and when that was scheduled to be released?

I read on this board from a dealer that said they are being shipped starting at the end of may.....
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IIRC, the 910 never really had an official release date from Sony but everyone had assumed it would be released in August due to Sony's history with releasing TVs in the past. The 910 was first spotted in late July and many more appeared in retail stores in early August.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the new 34XBR960 released in June.
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I just did some researching on this.

The KV34xbr910 was scheduled to be released by sony's press release in
July.

http://news.sel.sony.com/pressrelease/3407

The EXACT day it was available in Circuit City is Aug. 13 (it was in their warehouse a few days earlier)

So it is Possible it will be released in June, however July might be more whats to be expected.
I only researched this one tv set. I did not look into the history of all their sets and there release dates. Im hoping in June..... but if it follows its predessor, then july would be more whats expected.....
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But it varied across the country, it didn't appear everywhere the same day. I didn't see any in local stores until September last year I remember. Some new models I saw a display model in stores but had waiting lists anyway!
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I think where I lived, it arrived in August....not sure though.

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Lets just hope they will be like panasonic and release in June when they said they will be. There is still hope. One dealer in this forum said Sony is shipping the sets at the end of may. I live in los angeles, so I think I would have more of a chance then the smaller cities.... (I hope)
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..rjb, I'm trading my 510 for the 960 due to many replacement 510's from sony...my current one has in the words of the last tech sent out "some of the worst geometry he's ever seen", so sony has agreed to wait until june so i can get a 960 as a replacement..to all those thinking of getting a 510...don't...I really wish i had done more homework before purchasing this stinky 'ol dog!...no adjustable DRC is reason enough not to, even if you're lucky and get a good set with tweakable geometry and good purity...
I've had five service calls for my 34XBR800 due to purity and geometry problems. The purity was fixed with Sony magnets, even though the green spots will occasionally come back especially if the power flickers and the set doesn't have time to fully power on/off and degauss. The geometry is as good as it can be on this set now after two service calls. There is still a slight bowing at the top on widescreen programs and the left and right sides on 4:3 are a lost cause. The tech said that was the best he could do.

I have not called Sony back yet mainly due to frustration because they seem to refuse to want to replace the set....they just keep wasting my time with service calls.

How did you get them to agree to replace the set with the 960?
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This experience with the 800 is exactly why I'm leaning toward a good deal on a 910 instead of being first in line for a 960. The 910 seems like proven technology by now, but who knows what issues the early adopters will find in the 960, especially with the major change to a second-gen. SFP tube?
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Could there be a problem? Maybe.... There was no problems with the 910 when they first came out. If this is the only reason why you will buy the 910 over the 960, Im sorry to hear that. The quality of this set is much better then that of the 910... The 2nd generation display as well as all the additional addons.

My bet is it will be one amazing set!
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Any new, complicated technology can have unpredicted problems. Cars, computers, TVs...that's why early adopters often complain that they're unpaid beta testers.
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