Hi everyone! This is a great forum.
Sony's 30" 955 model is coming out soon and there hasn't been too much written about this particular widescreen model on these boards. Based on what I've read, this set has most of the features of the revered 960, with comparable high-end picture quality.
I have seen Sony's entry-level 30" HDTV, the HS420, and was very impressed with its HDTV picture through an HDMI/DVI cable. The 955 is a better model so I can't imagine how good it must look.
If you have seen this set, please post your thoughts!
Here are the 30" 955 features and specifications, from Sony's website:
Full HDTV (built-in ATSC tuner for over-the-air HD reception)
DRC Digital Reality Creation Multi-function Circuitry analyzes a 480i NTSC image and creates a digital bit mapped pattern in real time. The original NTSC signal is mapped in real time, replaced with an HD representative, and then discarded. Because DRC processes video signals in real time, it creates an image with 4X the density of the original signal. Resolution is increased both vertically and horizontally.
Hi-Scan 1080i Display accepts the full 1080 interlaced scanning lines (1080i) or 720 progressive scan (720p) from an external HDTV receiver or a compatible high definition digital satellite receiver. It also accepts 480 progressive (480p) scanning lines from compatible DVD video sources.
SuperFine Pitch CRT provides better image detail with high definition sources. The Aperture Grill was improved by making the vertical slits a finer pitch that increases the number of slits by up to 65%(16 x 9 base). Also improved were the High Precision Deflection Yoke, Fine Focus Electron Gun and the inclusion of higher intensity Luminescent Phosphors. The result is a more detailed image for both moving and still images, higher resolution picture quality, and better edge detail.
HD Detailer Wideband Video Amp provides greater detail on finer images, delivering the best possible image from high bandwidth sources.
ClearEdge VM (Wideband Velocity Modulation Scanning) allows you to select levels to create better separation between an object and its background for clearer edges, greater picture depth and improved overall picture quality.
ATSC Integrated Tuner allows the reception of local, off-air digital broadcasts providing the viewing of free, true high-definition network programming without the addition of a set top box or a monthly fee.
Digital Cable Ready with CableCARD Slot A set of hardware specifications that are defined to include a removable security module, which separates the cable operator's proprietary conditional access system from the retail digital cable device, to enable portability of the host to other cable networks.
HDMI Interface (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) - HDMI is the first industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, and A/V receiver and an audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV).
HDCP Interface (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) was developed to protect digital entertainment content across a DVI interface. It also serves as the security system for HDMI.
CineMotion Reverse 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.
Memory Stick® Media Enhanced Playback (JPEG,MPEG1,MP3)
Specifications Dimensions (WxHxD): 35 3/8" x 23 3/4" x 22 1/4" (898 x 604 x 564.5mm)
Weight: 154 lbs. (69.8kg)
Power Requirements: AC 120V 60Hz
Inputs and Outputs:
Component Video Input (Y/PB/PR
): 2 Rear
Composite Input: 1 Front/3 Rear
S-Video Input: (With Detection): 1 Front/2 Rear
Control S: 1 Rear
HDMI: 1 rear
TruSurround® SRS® Audio (7.5W x 2 With 15W Sub)
Steady Sound® Automatic Volume Control With BBE® Audio Effect
Auto Mute Tuner
Audio Output (Variable/Fixed)
Dynamic Focus Circuitry
Dynamic Picture Circuitry
Trinitone® Color Temperature
ClearEdge VM (Wideband Velocity Modulation Scanning)
Vertical Aperture Compensation
Vertical Center Adjustment
3D Digital Comb Filter
Wide Modes: (Normal/Full/Zoom/Wide Zoom)
Auto Pedestal Clamp
Auto White Balance
High Voltage Regulator
HD Detailer Wideband Video Amplifier
NTSC Color System
Magnetic Quadruple Pole
Vertical Size Adjustment
Auto Channel Program
Caption Vision (CC)
V Chip Parental Control
Speed Surf Channel Selection
Sleep Timer Function
Program Palette (Vivid/Movie/Standard/Sports) presets
On Screen Display (English/Spanish/French)
Front Button Menu Control
Energy Star® Compliant
Clock/Timer Two Event
Antenna Level for DTV
PSIP Program Information
DTV Auto Add