Originally Posted by nimz
What about the xbr970? There is a kd-34XBR970 for sale around me at the moment. or xbr800? I'm guessing the 800 is an older model then the ones you mentioned.
edit: just looked it up and looks like the 970 doesn't have the super fine pitch, but it's apparently the newest CRT Sony made? But since its hi-scan it will not have as good of picture quality as the others you mentioned, right?.
I was also wondering, on average, what are the life spans on these TV's? When were most of the mentioned ones released? I wish they still made CRT's
970 and 800 are Hi-Scan, not Super Fine Pitch. The 970 has HDMI and the 800 has DVI. The 970 is only available in 34 inch. Honestly I've never been able to compare the Hi Scan to the SFP so I wouldn't know just how big of a difference they are. I just know the SFP tubes are amazing. I have heard that the difference is definitely noticeable.
If the 970 is a good price, jump on it. It was the last HD CRT ever produced by Sony and isn't a bad set. However the 960 is a much better set. I know it's confusing too with the naming that Sony did. You would think 970 would be better than 960 but that is just not the case.
The Sony CRTs are hit and miss on longevity. However, if the set has lasted till now (5 years or so) it should last a good long time. Most of the sets will go out in the first few years of use if they are going to go out. I've heard some Sony CRTs in the past last 20 years or more. If these sets are made to the same quality maybe you can get lucky.
Also, I'd recommend bringing you a videogame system with you to test the TV on before purchasing through Craigslist. You never know what kind of problems the TV has unless you check it out yourself. Geometry issues and Convergence issues that are severe would not be obvious unless you tried out your videogame system on it. Also, you never know if the HDMI input on the set is defective. So definitely check it out thoroughly before moving that 180+ pound monster.