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post #61 of 965
Inside info:

The official ship date has moved from 9/22 to 10/06. The only reason; filling the supply chain.
post #62 of 965
Thread Starter 
Cool!!! Thanks... I can wait another week for this tv set...
post #63 of 965
Well, it's two weeks, actually.
post #64 of 965
Thread Starter 
Technically....but who is counting? I am willing to wait (though would prefer to have the set asap)....
post #65 of 965
Did we ever determine if this tube is the same Super Fine tube as the 960? Or is it the first generation Super Fine tube that's in the 910?

I'm still a little confused....
post #66 of 965
Thread Starter 
Its the same tech as the 910 with some upgraded options... or you can say It's pretty much the same as the 960 minus the "2nd generation super fine pitch". Is there a difference between the resolution of the 960 and the 955? Its a debate. 960 owners says "There is a HUGE difference", but MANY people who compared the 2 at a store said they are pretty much are the same. At the end ...it's your choice. Go to a store and compare the 955 to the 960 (the 30 and 34" 16:9 sets).
post #67 of 965
IT SHIPPED!

Received my notice and tracking number from Sonystyle this evening...shipped on 9/13.


"In transit to local terminal, please allow 3-7 business days for shipping."

It may get here 2-5 days early? or on time (9/22)
post #68 of 965
When did you place your order, if you don't mind my asking? I haven't gotten confirmation yet, but I ordered a little late (August 3rd). My credit card hasn't been dinged yet, but it looks like the full amount of the set has been reserved on it. Not sure if that's a recent thing or what.
post #69 of 965
Neat. Just got my shipping confirmation too.
post #70 of 965
Thread Starter 
Good news everyone:

Shipping availability:
Usually delivered within 5-12 business days.

This MUST be a good sign. Released BEFORE the schedule date. UNLIKE the 960 which was delayed.........
post #71 of 965
Ordered first day...Aug 1, put in on my Sony card with 12 months free money, checked the delevery site again this evening and the text said it will arrive at the terminal on 9/15
post #72 of 965
I could only find one 34XS955 in my area and it was at a Best Buy. They had the XBR, XS and HS in the same aisle, seperated by other televisions.

The XBR and XS had better pictures then the HS, and thats not a knock against the HS because it had a very good pic. The XBR and XS were just better.

I could see no discernable diffrence between the XBR and XS sets. Both were being fed the Jellyfish video in HD and they both looked darn good in the glare of the lights at BB.

If the XBR has better PQ I couldn't see it at BB.

I am a new poster so I'm not sure what I can post as far as purchasing this set, but I found an unbelievably low price on this set from a bricks and mortar chain in NJ that has a web site. If it's ok I will post the website, if not anyone can PM me and I will respond.
post #73 of 965
I saw the 420 and 955 at Best Buy. And the Toshiba 30HF84 if anyone was interested. The feeds were really really bad. I'm talking bad even for NTSC. I've already given up on 480i completely, but these garbage signals would in no way allow me to make a fair comparison of picture quality.

Is it just me, or does the 955's screen look a bit smaller than other 34" CRT's screens? Or was it because the larger frame around it makes it look smaller?
post #74 of 965
just got my email staing mine has shipped as well. I ordered on 01 aug. I'lll keep my fingers crossed that the stand gets delivered first.
post #75 of 965
Thread Starter 
I would think if you placed the 2 items on the same order, it would arrive at the same time... do you have frieds to help you lift the tv set onto the stand?

MIne is coming in 7-10 bussiness days as well
post #76 of 965
Checked today.....Delivery expected 9/20/2004
post #77 of 965
Set up delivery for mine for tomorrow at 10 AM. Can't wait!
post #78 of 965
Thread Starter 
where do you check the delivery date info??? Does the delivery company have a website? Hey! tomorrow??? WE WANT A FULL REVIEW pronto
post #79 of 965
You can track the shipment at http://www.nvclogistics.com/tracking/

Oddly, Sony sends the URL in the shipment confirmation, but not the tracking number. (They include the order number, but I couldn't search by that.) I had to log into sonystyle.com and view my order status to get the order #.

They'll call you and schedule an appointment when it's in.
post #80 of 965
Thread Starter 
So adam, How do you like the tv set? Is it as good as the 960? Any problems with the Tuner or Geometry (both of these plagues the 960)? Inquiring minds want to know
post #81 of 965
It's in my living room right now. I'm still reconnecting everything, but I played a couple of high-def Xbox games, and they looked great. The one 480p game I tried seemed more pixelated than I remember, but I still have my analog KV-36FS12, so maybe I'll try to A/B it at some point. The tuner is scanning through the digital channels right now. It says it'll take 50 minutes-plus -- I made the mistake of cancelling it, thinking I'd be able to view what it had scanned thus far, but that doesn't seem to be the case. The cable guys are supposed to swing by tomorrow afternoon with a STB, but I wanted to see what I could pick up with the built-in tuner. I'll post tonight with whatever I find. As far as video quality goes, I haven't watched enough to be able to tell (no DVDs, no high-def channels), and I'm not familiar enough with the 960 to be able to say one way or the other. Geometry seems fine, as far as I can tell.

Edit -- Initially I posted some pretty negative comments about the way an armful of DVDs I tried looked, but that must've been all the sunlight streaming in. I'm used to watching everything in the dark, and now that it's pitch-black outside, I'm left with fewer major complaints about the set. I do need to continue fiddling with the settings, but it looks really nice at night. It seems to depend heavily on the material. I watched part of a Canadian movie called Decoys that was shot on HD video, and it looked excellent. Film-based material wasn't as impressive -- I watched Princess Mononoke a couple weeks ago on my analog VVega, and I seem to remember it looking considerably sharper than it does now. Spirited Away looks excellent, though. I spot-checked a couple episodes of Angel, and they also seemed to look better than they did when I watched them on my analog set recently. When something looks good, though, it's eye-popping -- even though I have a 480i image being pumped to the TV, Monsters Inc. looks as good as anything I've seen at any resolution. Still, I think a healthy viewing distance is necessary -- the image looks pretty lousy close-up.

Yet Another Edit -- The built-in tuner is a little flaky. Not too bad, but I was scrolling through everything once, and I was able to see a slew of channels, including a couple in high-def. When I went back to add those channels to my favorites, I kept getting an error. Then I wasn't able to tune in anything. I turned the TV off and back on (not a speedy process; the TV takes between 15 and 20 seconds to start up), and I was able to see everything again. I'm going to be using a STB anyway, so it's not a big deal to me. Your mileage may vary. I can only get in two HD channels, one of which isn't broadcasting anything but a logo at the moment, but the first legitimate HD show I watched on this set -- Joan of Arcadia (or whatever it's called) looks perfect to my eyes.

Other random comments -- I'm not a fan of the rounded top of the set. Now my center channel won't fit up there. I'll try to rig something to prop it up. The bottom of the stand is cut in such a sharp 'V' that the lowest rack is almost useless. It's neat how the stand and the TV look like one nearly seamless unit, but I would've preferred something less aesthetic and more useful.
post #82 of 965
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Originally posted by russwong
Did we ever determine if this tube is the same Super Fine tube as the 960? Or is it the first generation Super Fine tube that's in the 910?

I'm still a little confused....

XS/XBR = Super Fine Pitch

HS = Normal Pitch
post #83 of 965
Quote:


Originally posted by JamisonBWolsh
Its the same tech as the 910 with some upgraded options... or you can say It's pretty much the same as the 960 minus the "2nd generation super fine pitch". Is there a difference between the resolution of the 960 and the 955? Its a debate. 960 owners says "There is a HUGE difference", but MANY people who compared the 2 at a store said they are pretty much are the same. At the end ...it's your choice. Go to a store and compare the 955 to the 960 (the 30 and 34" 16:9 sets).

The 955 and 960 (XS and XBR) both use the Super Fine Pitch CRT. The HS series use Normal Pitch. It is very difficult to see the difference on a moving picture. But if you have a signal with a still image like a game or sports score in the corner, then it's fairly easy to see the improvement that the Super Fine Pitch offers.
post #84 of 965
Thread Starter 
Adam,

do you notice the difference between this set and the "average tv set"? I mean if you sit 3 feet from a normal set, one can see the pixels. Can you see the pixels at this range? If it is like the 910/960 (which it is), the Picture should be seamless.. no pixels noticable...please tell us...
post #85 of 965
Aren't there any professional reviews on TV's like Phil Askey does on cameras in dpreview? If so, where do you find them?
Jerry
post #86 of 965
Quote:


Originally posted by JamisonBWolsh
I mean if you sit 3 feet from a normal set, one can see the pixels. Can you see the pixels at this range? If it is like the 910/960 (which it is), the Picture should be seamless.. no pixels noticable...please tell us...

I don't know what you mean. I saw scan lines on my old set if I was up close, but not individual pixels. The image looks flat-out awful close up, though...soft and sometimes kind of noisy. Sitting around six/seven feet back, I don't have any problems, though. It depends on the material too. HD material is very clearly defined...standard-definition cable is more obviously pixelated.
post #87 of 965
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"The image looks flat-out awful close up"

Are you serious? The XS line is better then both the 510 and 420 line. It falls between the 910 and 960. How can the image be awful? Have you calibrated the set yet? I would think the image would be outstanding! Are you going to keep it?

some people say the image is as good as the 960...
post #88 of 965
Quote:


Originally posted by JamisonBWolsh
How can the image be awful?

The operative words are "close up". As I said earlier, it looks great at a normal seating distance. I was just surprised at how it looked when I stood right in front of it. I don't remember my old set looking quite that bad from a foot or so away.

When are you getting your set? Since you're more knowledgable about the 960 (and can't seem to post without mentioning it at least twice ), maybe you'll be able to contribute more than I can. I don't have a strong high-definition point of reference.
post #89 of 965
Thread Starter 
Getting it midweek next week. The stand comes on wedsnesday and the set a day or 2 after that. When I say "pixels" I mean the dots (forgot the tech word for it) you see if you sit close to the set. Do you use quality cables such as hdmi or component cables? Reviewing the specs, this tv set should be the best 4:3 and possibly 16:9 crt tv out there...

Ps: They ran out of the $14 remotes, so they are giving me $150 gift certificate that I am going to use on the new sony upscaling dvd player.
post #90 of 965
Quote:


Originally posted by JamisonBWolsh
When I say "pixels" I mean the dots (forgot the tech word for it) you see if you sit close to the set.

Depends on the material. With high-def programming, I don't see any sort of grid-like structure, and the image doesn't become blocky as I approach, just soft and a little noisy. Same for DVDs, but more exaggerated. Standard-def has a fairly anti-aliased look to it, but I don't see scanlines from a reasonable distance.

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Do you use quality cables such as hdmi or component cables?

The DVD player (a Toshiba SD-3109) is connected directly to the set using MonsterVideo3 component video cables. For cable, I'm going to get a set-top box tomorrow afternoon, but in the meantime, I have coax plugged directly into the set and was using the built-in QAM tuner to view high-def programming.

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Ps: They ran out of the $14 remotes, so they are giving me $150 gift certificate that I am going to use on the new sony upscaling dvd player.

If it ever comes out. I've pretty much given up hope on that and am eyeing the Panasonic DVD-S97 instead.

I'm accustomed to nitpicking about the appearance of individual DVDs, but I'm so used to watching them on one display -- I had my previous set for three and a half years -- and it's been about that long since I stood a foot from my TV and stared intently at the screen for defects. This is my first high-definition television, and I can't compare it to anything in its general class.
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