Sorry this thread is older than dirt, but it's still out there for all to see and in fact is the first hit on the subject. I fear that people curious about these TVs can be mislead by the enthusiasm exhibited here and elsewhere. I read glowing accounts of the XBR/trinitron tubes so I got a 34xbr800 at a thrift store for $50, thinking I had "beat the system" and saved hundreds on HDTV, while also owning a piece of history and conversation piece. FALSE. This misinformation can still cause people a lot of trouble.
The 1080i resolution is lies. I hooked up my computer and it saw SONY TV and chose the exact right resolution settings (1080x1920, interlaced, 59.whatever Hz). Still looked like garbage. I could read text just barely enough to find what I planned to watch. Pictures were pretty, but not super accurate. Also red-heavy, and I couldn't quite iron that out in normal menus. So why the myth that this looks good? Maybe a tv will TEND to look good if you paid $2000 for it new!
I would have just lived with it but it died...can you be suprised? There are 3-4 motherboards worth of 10 year old electronic junk inside, and operating at a staggering range of voltages right next to each other...it's a miracle if it DOES work! Take the chance of a 10 year old motherboard working, to the third or fourth power, and that's the chance of this beast working. And NOBODY will want to fix it for you...just get yourself a modern plasma if you want something different from LCD.