I don't believe I've ever "dissed" the 960 or 910. In fact, I can pull up a thread where I suggested that the 960 would be the best tube Sony has ever made and just might be the finest display of any type on the market once it is released. My point was simply that if you are expecting DRC to be the SD savior then you might want to wait and check it out for yourself before you committ to an opinion. The 960 is indeed an upgrade to a fine HD tube and the many improvements are listed in the manual as you have pointed out. But as I've said before, I'll reserve judgement until I see how those improvements translate from paper to the reality of PQ.
My only real concern with your statements is where you say "Once calibrated, this set will look amazing on Standard cable." That is a very bold statement indeed since no other HD display that I'm aware of has ever been able to pull this off...although "amazing" is a matter of opinion. I for one hope you are right, but again, I can't start preaching it until I see it for myself. Please don't misconstrue my statements as bashing the 960, I'm simply maintaining an open mind and waiting for Sony to prove that the 960 is everything they claim it will be. I hope that you are right and the dream of great SD PQ on an HD display becomes a reality. I'll be happy to admit that you were right all along.
Yes, I have a 40XBR800. My disappointment has nothing to do with the PQ...it's fantastic on DVD, HD, and most other digital content. some SD and especially analog leaves something to be desired, but that's the case with most HD displays on the market. I am one of the unfortunate ones to have the color impurity "green blob" issue, otherwise I'd be completely satisfied with the set. I did indeed do my homework and decided to take a chance with the 40XBR800 since it would be the right set for me as long as the color purity problems didn't come my way (and I got called on that one). I'd get great 40" 4:3 content and still have a 37" 16:9 display for HD and DVD...best of both worlds considering how much SD we still watch at this point. I never considered the 910 because it is too small for my situation, so no, I'm not at all envious. I actually have a 34XBR960 on the way as replacement for the 40". Yes, it's still too small but I figured it would be easier to sell a new model that I hope will be the best on the market (not to mention 100lbs lighter
) than another 40".
I don't have a problem with you or your opinions, I just think that you are absolutely certain of something that is uncertain until proven. Will the 960 be an inprovement over a fine tube...certainly. Will the 960 have better SD PQ than previous sets and maybe all other sets on the market...probably. Will the 960 be the ultimate HD tube and satisfy us in every way...probably not but I'd be happy to be proven wrong. Only time will tell.