Originally Posted by rmd68
A few years ago when I looked for my first HDTV, I came across this site. After a lot of research into Plasma and LCD (no LED-LCD at the time), I found a great amount of enthusiasm for the Sony KD 34XBR970. At the time of my initial research, the technology in flat panel HDTVs was limited, and the Sony KD 34XBR970 reigned king of the HDTVs in the eyes of many.
My question is in regard of how the Sony KD 34XBR970 stands up too the technology of today? Is it still the King, or has it finally been usurped? I have been reading of the limited to zero input lag on CRTs, and I have renewed my interest in this TV. Thanks for the input in advance.
I still have my 970. It sits in the back room hooked up to a top of the line Denon Blu-Ray player and a PS3. I have it connected to a high end analog stereo system, too. I just bought a 55" Sony NX810 LED-LCD panel for a formal room. It's beautiful. But that's when it's turned off. It's quite an impressive design.
I turned on the 970 after not using it for several months. I don't watch a lot of TV, mostly films on DVD. The 970's image is simply scrumptious.
The NX810 was delivered yesterday. It doesn't compare to the 970. Sure, it's nice and big. And after watching it for a while, you get used to the mediocre image. It's big and it immerses you. But you realize that we've been dumbed down with the new technology, just like with compressed music (MP3) and compressed images (digital cameras.) But we'll all get used to it over time. Without a CRT to compare, nobody will know what they're missing.
The only downside to the 970 is the weight and the screen size limitation. It's just too impossible (money, size and weight wise) to build big screen CRTs. But because it's so heavy, mine is still with me. I'm glad for that.
You'll be okay with a new LCD panel. You'll get used to it. Just don't stand 1-2 feet away or you'll be surprised at how horrible it really is in comparison to the 970. And at 10 feet away you'll still see that it has no true blacks. Oh, and be sure that you are facing perfectly perpendicular to the screen. Any off axis viewing makes it unwatchable. Lag isn't the issue, it's the overall picture quality. They cannot compare to a quality HD CRT.
But all that said, if you want big, then you have no choice. And if when 970 dies, then you have no choice. You'll have to settle for second best someday.