Well I have to agree that it's misleading to call this the XBR 970, since normally the higher the number in the XBR line..... the better the features and the television.
I have the 34xbr800, which was replaced with the SFP tube XBR 910/960.
This certainly isn't better then the 960.
In Sony circles, we say that XBR stands for X
As I posted earlier, my friend got his a couple weeks ago and has been enjoying it a lot.
But..... he's already run into his first problem with it.
Sometimes the screen will flash completely black for about 1-2 seconds and return to normal. We thought it might be his Xbox 360 he's been playing on it most of the time, but he also saw it happen while watching cable TV through the HDMI port. So it's certainly the set.
He says it only seems to happen once the set has warmed up after a few hours of use and is completely random. In 12 hours of play yesterday, it happened to him only twice. But other times it's happened once every hour or two. Doesn't make a lot of sense.
It might be a problem with the the XBR 970 model......but I suspect it's just a case of him getting one of the bad ones as is the case with all electronics that have a certain percentage of defective ones. I think the industry average is about a 5%-6% failure rate.
So I certainly wouldn't be getting scared about buying the model unless boatloads of people start reporting the problem.
He's got a 3 year in-home extended service contract..... so he should have it resolved soon. If they can't fix it, they will just replace it. Simple as that.
It's lucky it's just a 1-2 second black screen problem that only comes up once in awhile. He can handle that no prob in the meantime. Better then the colors going wacked or major screen distortions.
Until I see a reason otherwise, I'd still say it's a good set for the price.