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post #61 of 8171 Old 06-21-2004, 10:50 AM
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I hope it's bad info also...but as of now it looks like it'll be Aug before I get my replacement...even if they hit the stores sooner. I'm 95% sure I'll just sell it immediately anyway. Anyone want a new 34XBR960 in August for a decent price? I'll personally deliver it free within 200 miles of Norfolk, VA.
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We will start shipping in JULY.

August is to try and let the large "grocery store chains" to close out the XBR910 models left in stock.

The small stores always have the new models first.
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ONLY SONY: The one independent electronics store in my area that carries XBR said they wouldn't have the 960 until mid-August at the earliest. Is it really true that smaller stores get new items first?
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When did CC and BB start selling groceries? If you're referring to the Wally world type stores, then when did they start selling top of the line anything?
I have my doubts about you -ONLY SONY.... Do you represent SONY in some official capacity?
Doesn't matter, I will buy one after they have been out for awhile (read: days/weeks). Sony isn't perfect, like the 40xbr, so I will let you guys be "testers" and then buy accordingly.
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I ordered mine from the Sony Family Centre (Sony Store for Sony employees only) last week and one guy said it would ship to me in 4-6 weeks and another person said 6-8 weeks. This is coming straight from the warehouse.

I think Sony usually gives a higher priority to retail stores rather than to Sony employees, so we usually have to wait a few extra weeks. The 40% discount makes it worth the wait though. Anyway. that may be an indication that they do indeed plan on shipping the sets out within the next couple of weeks.
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I ordered mine from the Sony Family Centre (Sony Store for Sony employees only) last week and one guy said it would ship to me in 4-6 weeks and another person said 6-8 weeks. This is coming straight from the warehouse.

Where are you located Phantastica? I called the one in Rancho Bernardo just this morning and was told 2 months - which makes me think about waiting for the Samsung HD2+ chip DLPs. Ah well, guess since I have to wait no matter what (since I decided not to pre-order) it doesn't make much of a difference either way.
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Where are you located Phantastica? I called the one in Rancho Bernardo just this morning and was told 2 months - which makes me think about waiting for the Samsung HD2+ chip DLPs. Ah well, guess since I have to wait no matter what (since I decided not to pre-order) it doesn't make much of a difference either way.

This was in Culver City from the main Sony Pictures lot. I've got my fingers crossed for a 4 week shipping date, but it's not all that likely. Hopefully these won't be nearly as popular as the Grand Wega III's. They stopped taking orders on those because of a 5 month backlog.
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Sorry this took so long but I was on vacation. The picture of the stand is posted on the best price website (see the first post of this thread). I do not have dimensions as yet. The diagram of the rear connections is not available until next week(needs to be uploaded to sony's system) but I was told that there are 2 digital outputs for 5.1 (coaxial and optical).



Also, the dealer in NJ said he might be getting a few in THIS week.
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Is that stand seriously the SU-34XBR3?

That would be awesome if it is. The glass doors and everything look really nice. But the description on the sonystyle site says:

- Newly designed open-style stand

That doesn't look "open-style" to me. That's the stand I've ordered though, so I'm really hoping it's the one in the photo on the best price site.
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Is that stand seriously the SU-34XBR3?

That would be awesome if it is. The glass doors and everything look really nice. But the description on the sonystyle site says:

- Newly designed open-style stand

That doesn't look "open-style" to me. That's the stand I've ordered though, so I'm really hoping it's the one in the photo on the best price site.

I suspect this is the stand.

http://news.sel.sony.com/digitalimag...hoto_id=158040 It matches the TV and is "open".
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Sonystyle now says the 34XBR960 will be available on or around July 16!!

They've pushed it back 2 weeks.
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Or they sold out the first batch available to sonystyle customers......... REMEMBER...there is not a INDEFINATE amount of sets made...
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Uh-oh...August isn't that far off. Maybe someone in customer service actually has some relaible info.
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Come on now....July 16 is not AUGUST! Besides ..that cust rep said 6-8 weeks.....
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I'll give the Sony Employee Centre a call tomorrow and see if they've made any changes to my order in the system. They're getting their info from one of the Sony warehouses, so it should be a good indication.
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No, it's not August...but someone got all bent when I suggested they might not be available till August. My point here is just that they've adjusted the date half way between the original July 2 and August...another 2 weeks and we're there. The sooner the better, but I',m not holding me breath

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Come on now....July 16 is not AUGUST! Besides ..that cust rep said 6-8 weeks.....

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The set is on backorder for me right now with an eta of 6-8 weeks. If they tell me the same thing in 3 weeks from now then I'll start to worry!
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Sonystyle still lists the 34xbr960 as a "pre-order", so I doubt that they've sold out the first batch. Wouldn't they say it was backordered or out of stock if that were the case? I'm not sure. I emailed them to find out if they were sold out of the first batch or if it is a delay in the initial release.
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The website (see first post on this thread) now has the rear panel jack pack for viewing. Sorry for the misleading info on the optical out ( I can only blame the technical cs rep ) There is one optical out and 2 i.link outs.
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I just checked the site and it still says "on or about July 02"


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Sonystyle now says the 34XBR960 will be available on or around July 16!!

They've pushed it back 2 weeks.

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I went to the sight and did not see a link for a picture of the back panel.

As long as the monitor has the Firewire connectors, that is what I will use to 'extract' Dolby Digital and DTS from my Cablecard and DVD player.

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I've been following this thread for a while...as I'm looking at the various Sony 34" HDTV models and trying to decide which one to get in the next 6 months.

Lately, I'm reconsidering (critically) the new XBR960, and I have some questions as to its superiority over the 910, 510 or 420.

1) The OTA tuner. Big question for me is: will this save me any $$ when I switch to HD DirecTV? Or will I *still* have to purchase a HD tuner to tune the HD satellite signal from the new dish?

2) Does anyone definitely KNOW that the PQ of the XBR960 is improved over the XBR910? I hear murmurings about improved brightness and "2nd gen" Superfine Pitch, but then I hear more murmurings that Sony's hypetalk refers to improvements over the older 800s (not over the 910s)


Anyone's help on these questions would be appreciated. Thank you all.

Because IF I still need an external HD tuner for my satellite feed, then the integrated OTA tuner is not that important to this boy who only watches satellite feed, and honestly couldn't give a hoot about PIP.

And because if PQ isn't noticeably improved over the 910s (hard to even imagine this, except for maybe improved brightness), then what's the big draw?
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Well, it's definitely going to be better than that 510 and 420. As for the 910, I guess we'll see once it comes out, but they should be close. But if you're going by the MRSP, then the 960 actually costs significantly less. If you can wait a few weeks, then I think it would be worth it to go for the 960. At the least, you'll get a few more nice features than you would with the 910.
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Because IF I still need an external HD tuner for my satellite feed, then the integrated OTA tuner is not that important to this boy who only watches satellite feed, and honestly couldn't give a hoot about PIP.

What makes you think that 2 or 3 years down the road you won't want to ditch satellite to go back to digital cable? You'll need that internal tuner then. Think about the future!
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HD DirectTV tuners will also handlke OTA HD signals. But as foxfan stated, if you drop Direct TV, the tuner is gone. And, over the next year or so most of the high end sets coming out will have integrated tuners so you'll actually be in the minority before long.

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What makes you think that 2 or 3 years down the road you won't want to ditch satellite to go back to digital cable? You'll need that internal tuner then. Think about the future!

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I just checked the site and it still says "on or about July 02"

It said July 16 yesterday and this morning, but they've changed it back to July 2. Now I'm really confused.
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Anyone have any suggestions on how to get a 40" base height to hold this TV? I have to clear the footboard of a sleigh bed (oak), and I'm planning on placing it right at the foot of the bed. I can either use the stand and put it on some kind of platform, or get some piece of furniture that is 40" tall that is strong enough and deep enough to hold the 960.

Any ideas?
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The newly posted manual made no mention of a OTA HDTV receiver, did they just not metion it so as to not confuse the average schmoe? Pictures of channels in the manual displayed "23.1" which suggests HD but... Can't wait to stick my HDTiVo into that loverly HDMI port

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