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post #91 of 8178 Old 06-23-2004, 01:38 PM
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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

Take a look at page 9

"Built-in Digital Television Receiver: You can watch digital television programs and enjoy the improved audio/video quality offered by these programs. With high-definition signal reception, you can watch TV signals broadcast in HDTV for the clearest possible broadcast picture. "

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Now I'm really, REALLY confused about the release date. Here is what I got back in answer to my email questions to Sonystyle about the 960 release date:

"The release date of the KD-34XBR960 television has been postponed. The
KD-34XBR960 television will be available for shipping on or about Jul
16, 2004. This model is available for pre-ordering."
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The Sony Style page no longer has the mention of "pre-order" but after adding it to your cart you see the message "Shipping date not available. We will notify you by email when this product has shipped"

Seems to say that they are ready to go, since it's no longer a pre-order, but also that they don't know when it will be ready to go...all at the same time


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Now I'm really, REALLY confused about the release date. Here is what I got back in answer to my email questions to Sonystyle about the 960 release date:

"The release date of the KD-34XBR960 television has been postponed. The
KD-34XBR960 television will be available for shipping on or about Jul
16, 2004. This model is available for pre-ordering."

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This reminds me of last year i waited and waited for the 910 it finally came out the first week in August and the first store to get it was Circuit City and by the way they went down on the tv after a litlle haggeling.
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So how would I go about hooking up my PC to this here TV, I have a nVidia card with DVI out but would consider getting a ATI 9800 Pro if that'd make things easier.

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I was at Circuit City a few days ago and they told me that their contract with Sony prevents them from negotiating on the prices of the XBR line. I take it they were feeding me a bunch of crap?

Also, since XBRs come with a 2-year warranty, does it make sense to purchase an extended one?
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ya that sounds like a bunch of crap they will go down on the price just make sure to only deal with a manager not a kid who has been there 5 minutes. As far as the warranty i didnt think it was worth it sony's warranty is plenty.
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I pre-ordered my 34XBR960 from SonyStyle the day they started accepting pre-orders. I called customer service today and the guy said mine would be shipping on or around July 2nd. He said I was in the first batch of preorders. He said that the pre-order list for the second batch (expected to ship July 16th or so) was quickly filling and that the next batch would not be available until at least mid-August. He said some retail outlets would not be getting any sets until the third batch. So happy I preordered early.

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I was just at cc and they said they will have it next week at 2099.99
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Ooohhh, 2099 would be nice, GG oughta match that fer me too, was that a negotiated price or did they say thats how much they'll be? FWIW my 34XBR800 died after 2.5 years AND the warranty from Sony covers far less then an extended warranty and when I was dealing with GG I could just go over and harras them, good luck getting that kind of support from god-knows-where on a 200lb TV. This is the only type of thing I'd ever buy an extended warranty on.

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that was the regular price i also asked why the 910 was still 2399 he said that was already discounted. i think with a little haggeling you can probally get the 960 for under 2 k
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With a free stand?
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I went ahead and bought the XBR1 stand for the 910 to use with my 960. It matches the 960's colors and since the 910 and 960 use the same cabinet, it works no prob. The only major difference between the new XBR3 stand for the 960 and XBR1 is the XBR1 only have one shelf and (most importantly) its $200 cheaper than the XBR3. I bought an SU-XBR1 at Circuit City for $149.00, the XBR3 is $349.99 at Sonystyle.com.

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he didnt mention a stand but you could probally have them through one in for that price.
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I plan to wait untill CC has the XBR 960. Why? Becaue of its excellent return policy. With Sonystyle.com you would be responsible for shipping both to and from your residence, plus restocking fees may apply (let alone the problem of getting that monster to UPS or wherever).

For something so subjective and unknown as televison picture quality (both in HDTV, and, especially with non-HDTV signals, where some have criticized the 910 at least), I definintely want the option for a no questions return like CC offers. Others?
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I see no reason to buy from the Sony Style site (unless you already have a pre-order in and just can't wait another month for them to hit the showrooms). Only reason I'd buy online is to take advangate of discounted prices...understanding that you would still have the same issues to deal with regarding a return. Also be aware that tis set is too large and heavy for either UPS or FedEx...I've already done the homework. You'll need to get a freight carrier to handle any return. Luckily, the XBR series comes with a 2-year in-home warranty as long as you purchase from an authorized dealer. Use your AMEX and the warranty is automatically extended an additional year...identical coverage to the original.
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Do any other credit cards extend your warranty like this?
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Not sure. You'd have to check with the individual card but I believe Visa has something similar...although I'd guess 95% of the general public isn't aware of this feature. Here's the AMEX link:

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How did you get the XBR1 for $149? I just bought mine a week ago for $199. I Just went there yesterday and it is still listed for 199. I am in CA at the local CC...
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Looks like Visa offers extended warranties for a fee...could be reasonable depending on the product...but remember that they start at the date of product purchase...so a 3 year extended warranty ($165) would only give you 1 year past the Sony warranty on the XBR, but the same would be free if you used AMEX.

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I would prefer to buy the XBR1 stand as well since I don't like the glass doors on the XBR3. I wonder if I can ask them to give me a free XBR1 stand when I buy the 960, or buy one now cheap in advance.
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CC did NOT offer any me any discounts even when I offered to buy their extended warranty what can they give me in discounts. They refused to give anything. No free delivery No free Xbr1 stand. So I told them that I wont buy their warranty.
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That's good news, High Def. Where are you located?

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I was just at cc and they said they will have it next week at 2099.99

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This is a quote from the Visa link TH3 provided:

"Once your claim has been verified, the item will be repaired or replaced at the sole option of the insurance provider, but for no more than the original purchase price of the covered item, up to a maximum of $10,000, as recorded on your Visa card receipt, and $50,000 maximum per cardholder.

Extended Warranty Protection will pay the facility directly for repairs, if possible, or you may go to an authorized repair facility and file a claim for reimbursement. Only valid and reasonable repairs made at the manufacturer's authorized repair facility are covered."

This seems to imply you have to take the TV to a repair facility - no house call repairs?
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I just pre-ordered the 960 from CC. They had it in their system but admitted they weren't sure when it would be in stock. The guy I talked to knew all about it and was very helpful. He was an assistant manager or something at one of their bigger stores.

I can cancel the order at any time (and even return it within 30 days), and I will if Tweeters or someone has it in stock before I can get it from them.

The price was better than Sonystyle. I got free delivery in exchange for buying the 5 year warranty. PM me if you want to know the price.

They said they believed the warranty was only one year on the new model versus 2 years for the 910.
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I canceled my Pre-order. Here is why. The return policy is 30 days from the date on the receipt. Thats official. They told me that they understand that you dont have the set yet and they would start the date whenyou get the set. This is just verbal. If anything does happen to the set and its after the 30 days date on the reciept they can LEGALLY deny return or exchange.

These days, a persons "word" is meaningless. You need it written down.

As for the delivery. The Normal "white glove" delivery is $40. You saved 40.00. But you could have bought the warranty through warrantech (even better warranty) for less money. Warrantech warranty starts after the Manufactorers warranty. Making this 4 year warranty to a 6 year warranty. The warranty on the 960 is actually 2 years like the 910... NOT 1 year...

Also...Just to let you know. In order for CC to pre-order your Set, they have to deliver it to the store first! Then they will deliver it your house. It will not go from the warehouse to your house. This add additional handling which can cause problems...
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I am waiting when we KNOW when the set is coming out. July 2 or July 16 is most likely.

CC deal is Now 21 months 0% and NO monthly payment if you buy the Dream theater. Remember there is a rebate on the home theater for $400 plu 4 free dvd's and a backpack...
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How much is the Dream Theater? Is it any good?
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They have different models The MSRP range from 399-799. Each system have different types of configurations. Check cc for prices. The 6600DP MSRP is 599 and sells less than that at CC. Minus the 400 rebate and you got a good deal. the 6600dp comes with a progressive 5 disc dvd that is rated high on quality....
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