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post #31 of 966 Old 08-18-2004, 06:55 PM
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...ahhhh..the sweet, sweet smell of vindication....and yes it's pixely...suspiciously like my old 510...brrrrrr
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Hi JB,
Actually , the manual is for all 3 ( 30" + 34" + 36" ).
I couldn`t tell , it realy was a very quick look.
But I did go through the menus and I went to the video mode and selected "standard" and then hit reset just to get every thing back to factory spec`s and it still looked dark.
Yes , you can make it brighter , but compaired to other Sony`s with equal settings , it just seemed a little to dark.
Y`a , the remote is a "cheapy" .
Have you downloaded the manual ? If not give it a try , even in the manual it states the differances between the 36" and the 30" + 34 ".
O and there seems be be a 4th mode of "stretching" something that the 960 is missing (I think) and you can save seperate settings for each input.
Realy check out the manual , I wouldn`t have ya download something for nothin , honest
I didn`t notice any specs or pixelization , put I think it was to dark to notice that anyway.
I`m going to check it out again in few days, but please get back to me about the manual !
Take care ,
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Yikes. This doesn't exactly leave me overflowing with enthusiasm about my pre-order.
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Never mind bloatedcorpse.. His opinion is weighted. he owns a 960. When I said pixels I meant if your within a certain range, you can view pixels. I did not mean pixelation, which the 960 HAS. I believe it has the same pixels as the 960 (hardly noticable at a 2 feet range). At least sony should have the tuner working in the 955. Unlike the 960's sets that have various issues...

ADAM, try to locate the 955 series of sets. I cant find them in my area yet.

BTW: the REAR panel is the same as the XBR960...

In either case, this set IS the best 36" hdtv 4:3 with a tuner out there...
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Please no more talk on any other tv set...use another thread for any other talk

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Did you see the pixels like in the 420's and 510's?? or is as smooth as the 960?


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..maybe he meant to say only compare sets if it supports my point of view...
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There IS an optical output!!!

The 36xs955 MANUAL is NOW released:

http://www.sonystyle.com/intershopro.../KD36XS955.pdf

Check it OUT!!!!
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Originally posted by weesleekit2
I hope you folks will let us know where we can read some reviews when they come out.


Well, there is only the review of the KV-30HS420 which should be pretty similar to the 34" HS420 and the review of the KD-34XBR960 so far.

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_KV_30HS...?tag=pdtl-list

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_KD_34XB...?tag=pdtl-list
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Originally posted by JamisonBWolsh
There IS an optical output!!!

The 36xs955 MANUAL is NOW released:

http://www.sonystyle.com/intershopro.../KD36XS955.pdf

Check it OUT!!!!

Yes, this was established days ago.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...90#post4220890

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Originally posted by jedi29
YES>>>>>>>
You can now download the manual for the XS tv`s at Sony`s web site under support.
YUP ***
They DO HAVE AN OPTICAL DIGITAL OUT ( sorry but I had to yell )
AND , yes CC (at least some ) have the KD-34XS955.
What did I think ?
Not much
It looks very dark (standard mode=reset) , only had a chance for a quick look.
However it does have the enhanced CC and the new "menu" system.
To me , it seems as if something was missing , although I don`t know what.
Maybe it was the "little" things , like NO metal around the memory stick slot.
Maybe if I had more time or if it was showing better source program , my views would be different.
The remote is the RM-Y199 , which is a "hyped-up" version of the on found on the HS series.
NO thumb "thingy" for menu control.
Just wanted to let the news out , it has arrived (at least the 34").
I still need to see the 30" with a VHS tape playing , if I can stand watch source like that then SD would be ok.
Have fun !!
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I can't wait to see one and finally hear the reviews. I've been waiting for a TV to replace my 36XBR200. It's been great and has served me well for the last 6 years. I've been using it to watch HD programming and it looks great, even though it's not an HD TV.

Anyways, the size is great for me. Any 16:9 is too small and I don't want plasma or DLP. So this might be my answer!

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Originally posted by JamisonBWolsh
Never mind bloatedcorpse.. His opinion is weighted. he owns a 960. When I said pixels I meant if your within a certain range, you can view pixels. I did not mean pixelation, which the 960 HAS. I believe it has the same pixels as the 960 (hardly noticable at a 2 feet range). At least sony should have the tuner working in the 955. Unlike the 960's sets that have various issues...

Well, yeah, his and mine, and my buddy, and my co-worker (who owns the 910). As stated in a different thread. The 955 is suppose to use the same tech as the 910. My co-worker and a friend stated that my 960 looks better than his 910. 2nd gen stuff (grill/software/firmware/hardware/whatever).

I'm not saying the 955 is going to look 'bad'. I think my co-workers 910 looks damn good. I'm just saying that between the 2, (and this isn't even right next to each other or at the same time... this is driving from one house to the next)... all 3 of us universally agree hands down, without question, the 960 looks better. Not the same. That's the whole reason I bought it. Because it does look better. If the 955 looked better, I would have bought it, instead.

I'm not dissing the 955, but I think JBW is living in his own little world. (Just my opinion, sorry dude - Feel free to send me death threats or poetry - just kidding! Seriously, no poetry.)


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In either case, this set IS the best 36" hdtv 4:3 with a tuner out there...

I'm not going to dispute this. It probably is... I just don't want some newbie thinking he is getting the very best pq possible, when it's really the very best 4:3 pq. I'll bet the 955 is a great tv! It's just not the best PQ possible. If it was, it would cost a couple hundred $$$ more.

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Originally posted by jedi29
YES>>>>>>>
You can now download the manual for the XS tv`s at Sony`s web site under support.
YUP ***
They DO HAVE AN OPTICAL DIGITAL OUT ( sorry but I had to yell )

You can see it here...at least for the 34" model.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-mGaAllV...display=XL#Tab
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I would kill for the KD-30SX955 to replace my TERRIBLE samsung TX-P I can't wait for them to release this TV I saw crutchfield and sony have them in but I haven't found any stores in my area that have them yet.
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Description of 36xs955 states "digital cable ready with cable card." Cable company does not have a card. Can I use their digital STB instead?
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Description of 36xs955 states "digital cable ready with cable card." Cable company does not have a card. Can I use their digital STB instead?

yes, but you would connect the digital STB to the HDMI port or the component ports.
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Any New info on this amazing set?
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Sonystyle called me to let me know the ship date is STILL sept.22. AND here is a quote from a guy that compared a 960 to a 955:

"I went to Circuit City this weekend and checked out the KD-34XS955.

Wow, great PQ very impressed. There was an 34XBR960 directly next to it. I can't figure it out though, the 34XS955 looked better?

I viewed both on Analog, HDTV and DVD. Same source feed, etc...

I asked if I could play with the sets and the salesmen said "do whatever you want."

He said they just take out of the box and hook up, not much else. He did say that customers constantly mess with them.

The 34XS955 looked awesome, I can only hope the 36XS955 looks as good.

The salesmen said they Can't sell the XBR's but the XS955 is SOLD OUT.

The XS955 was $400 LESS and had a better PQ, IMO.

Why does it appear that the XS955 has a better PQ, can someone explain?

Will the 36XS955 offer the same PQ?"

THIS SET IS GOING TO ROCK!!!
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I always try to stay neutral and usually downplay some of these posts. I was just at CC to get a couple of cables I need for my new DVD player.

They had the 955 on the floor right next to the 960. Yes, the cabinets look identical. Yes, the crappy feed on the 955 looked better than the super crappy feed on the 960. I can tell you that no way does my 960 picture look like the one I just saw at CC. The 955 is a great set I'm sure but if you really think it has a better picture than the 960, I think you are very fooled.

They are both great set's for sure...

I don't know what consumers are supposed to do? The feeds in these stores are just aweful. Thank God my 960 does not look like the one I just happened upon and you better hope the 955 does not look like the one right next to it.

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Sonystyle called me to let me know the ship date is STILL sept.22. AND here is a quote from a guy that compared a 960 to a 955:

"I went to Circuit City this weekend and checked out the KD-34XS955.

Wow, great PQ very impressed. There was an 34XBR960 directly next to it. I can't figure it out though, the 34XS955 looked better?

I viewed both on Analog, HDTV and DVD. Same source feed, etc...

I asked if I could play with the sets and the salesmen said "do whatever you want."

He said they just take out of the box and hook up, not much else. He did say that customers constantly mess with them.

The 34XS955 looked awesome, I can only hope the 36XS955 looks as good.

The salesmen said they Can't sell the XBR's but the XS955 is SOLD OUT.

The XS955 was $400 LESS and had a better PQ, IMO.

Why does it appear that the XS955 has a better PQ, can someone explain?

Will the 36XS955 offer the same PQ?"

THIS SET IS GOING TO ROCK!!!

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Hmmm.. so your saying that both tv sets are fed Crappy feeds. The 955 has better pq then the 960 using the same crappy feed. Stands to reason that the 955 would have better pq then the 960 when fed GREAT feed....
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I am saying that I could "jiggle" the cable on the back of the 960 and the picture would fade in and out.. How can you judge a tube with connections and feeds like this?

I made them play several DVD's on the 960 when I was shopping. I did not even begin to try to make a decision based on the feed coming into the TV.

Good-Luck with a fine 955. I'm sure it is a very good set.



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Hmmm.. so your saying that both tv sets are fed Crappy feeds. The 955 has better pq then the 960 using the same crappy feed. Stands to reason that the 955 would have better pq then the 960 when fed GREAT feed....

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Actually, he said that one had a "crappy feed" while the other had a "super crappy feed"

So that would make it an apples and oranges comparison.

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Originally posted by JamisonBWolsh
Hmmm.. so your saying that both tv sets are fed Crappy feeds. The 955 has better pq then the 960 using the same crappy feed. Stands to reason that the 955 would have better pq then the 960 when fed GREAT feed....

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Have had a 34" 955 for a couple of weeks. Absolutely amazing picture.

Just got ESPNHD on TWC and the PQ is unbelievable. I am sitting out in my den watching this tv, with a Hitachi 60v500 in the living room. It is that great. (in the den I can sit 6-8 ft away, perfect for watching)

Debated between the 955 and the 960. Only thing I may miss is the firewire.
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DAMN!!!!! Sony is doing to this tv set what they did to the 960!!!

"Shipping date not available. We will notify you by email when this product has shipped" So..what does this mean?
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I just placed my order for the KD-36XS955.

If you are or become an Agoraquest.com member (free) you can get the set (without the stand) w/no tax, no shipping charge (includes white glove delivery), and at a price significantly less than the listed 1699. Just look in their group buy section of the board.

Just thought I'd pass it along.
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do you have a link?

I could not find the kd-36XS955, your sure its this tv?

NEVERMIND!!! I found it.....
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bestbuy has it in most stores the 34in version
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the 30 and the 34" version are 16:9
The 36" is 4:3 and was SUPPOSED to be released on sept. 22 but the date has been changed...
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Stupid question, but can this set convert everything to 1080i?

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DAMN!!!!! Sony is doing to this tv set what they did to the 960!!!

"Shipping date not available. We will notify you by email when this product has shipped" So..what does this mean?

I had the same question re:30xs955. Here is the email exchange I had with Sony

Question: "The availability date for this item has changed from "on or about September 1" to "not yet available". Could you give me a idea when this model will be shipping? Thank you"


Answer:" The KD-30XS955 30" Widescreen FD Trinitron WEGA HDTV is currently available online for purchase at SonyStyle.com. Shipping date is not available. We will notify you by email when this product has shipped to you. We will notify the Shipping date when you had purchased the Television from our site"

I thought I asked a very direct question. The response was worthy of a politician.
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How soon after sept. 1 did they ship that tv?
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