I've owned a 32" 4:3 Sony XBR/WEGA CRT HDTV since early 2003 (paid about $2700 from Cruthfield). I'm unsure of the model number and I've lost the manual. I've never had a HD source hooked to it, thus it has never displayed HD. It has what Sony called "line doubling" technology, thus it has an OUTSTANDING SD picture from my all digital cable system. I'm finally ready to go HD and I have a few questions. First, what kind of hook-up to the cable box am I likely to find? The TV, which weighs a ton, is in a cabinent, and I can't pull it out by myself. The cable company's SA box has a HDMI output, which I'm sure my TV won't accept, and a 5 cable output (3 video, 2 audio) which they call a HD component output. I guess that is the one I'd have to go with, assuming a 2003 TV would have that kind of imput. Can anyone tell me for sure? Also, once the set is connected to the HD cable box, how do you get an HD display on the screen? I don't see any control on the TV or remote that would do that. Is the HD display native once a HD source is connected? Finally the cable company tells me the SA box has a control which willl change the aspect ratio on the screen, should I wish to change the 16:9 display to 4:3. Does that sound reasonable? Your help is greatly appreciated. I love my Sony and plan to keep it for many years, but I'm ready for HD...
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12/27/10 at 1:36pm