w! I sincerely thank everybody for their kind response!
Originally Posted by zryder
I would hate to think that my baby is only worth $300, but realistically, thats probally the case..
Now if I had the chance to buy one for $300, I would probally jump on it, assuming everything works and looks as it should.
I feel your pain. I would hate to see myself selling my CRT pc monitor for less then what i have gotten, which was $100, when, when bought new, was probably around at least $1K. But unfortunately (fortunately for me more or less) i might ask for around $300 or less.
Originally Posted by firebottle
Knowing about the high voltage IC problem plaguing late-model Sonys... I'd feel safer paying $200 or lower.
But on places like craigslist or ebay, prices are all over the place.
Last week, I just watched a 34xbr910 within reasonable driving distance go for less than $160...
Then there's some dude near me that wants $500 for his 36xbr800...
It's a random chance, depends on how populated your area is.
If you're in a low population area, you might have to accept paying the extra $100 ~ $150...
I've read quite abit on problems people are having with the sets not powering on, on Amazon and here at AVS etc. I guess when I check out the tv in the ad, i should first check for that.
Someone is selling what looks to be a KV-34HS510 (one of the ones that has the silver bezel with the swept-back side speakers) for around $150. But its quite far from here, and I do kinda want the SFP screen.
Originally Posted by justsc
Wow, it's been a long time since I've been here. The email I received noted the 30XS955, something similar to what I had, and I wanted to share a little info.
First of all, this is a beautiful CRT. The super fine pitch tube was the best they had. I had the 34HS450, or something like that, and it had a CRT of slightly lesser fidelity, and still looked great. For CRTs, you can't beat the SFP tube. It's a late enough model to have the ATSC tuner built-in. Mine didn't. Some of the other circuitry is also seen in the same period XBR sets, so it's right near the top fidelity-wise. Finally, it's got digital audio out, which is a nice feature for an older set, although not all that unique. It's only shortcoming is the lone HDMI port. But you can get around that by using the component input and get just as good a picture so long as you're not trying to input from a Blue-Ray player.
It's really hard to estimate what these CRT sets are worth today. If, and that's a big IF, the set is in stellar condition, I might be interested in offering $250ish. The reason is you can get a decent 30" 1080P LCD set for somewhere around this price, so one wouldn't expect to pay as much for expired technology.
It's definitely worth a look. Just check it out well. Look specifically at the corners for off color or excessive blurring. Make sure you get to see it with both digital and analog sources, including HD resolution. Without doing this you cannot adequately judge the picture quality. These sets handled analog material well, which was one of their strong suits.
Check it out, and see if the seller won't come down some. Don't let him/her use the cablecard feature as a selling point. That technology hasn't gone anywhere, and it's value is very minimal.
PS-If I've made any errors raouliii will set things straight. Listen to him.
There are many things you said that i too was thinking when i was looking around for these. For $350, i could get a descent LCD screen, or a decently sized PC monitor, but I have a soft spot for CRT's, and we already have a 47" LCD Toshiba in our family room.
That being said, there is an inordinate amount of lag on the Toshiba, and, to my knowledge, there shouldn't be any lag on analog sets like CRT's. So that slightly factored into the decision.
But beyond that, if i check out the TV in the ad, and its a little banged up, i might try to go for $250.
Originally Posted by fessman
I live in Madison, WI (mid-size metro area) and recently sold my 30XS955 on Craigslist. I started the listing at $400 obo (optimistic, I know) and after 3 months ended up letting it go for $200. The reality is that there is a very small group of people that want a deep, heavy CRT set anymore (even though the picture is amazing) and they're just not worth what we owners - current or former - might think.
I imagine many people just think its not worth the size, weight, and depth the sets are at to get something that is "only" 36" in screen-estate. But, for me, its enough since if i were to get it, would be a bedroom tv.
Originally Posted by justsc
fessman is right, and has good and recent first person experience.
He's reminded me of a couple things - picture fidelity and weight. These sets have incredible pictures. I held off going larger, LCD or Plasma, because of the incredible picture my crt set provided. If one is only interested in picture quality these really can't be beaten. However, at 30" you have to sit pretty close to appreciate it. So the ideal environment is a small room, a bed-room for instance. I would wager that if one is going to sit no further back than 4-6 feet, this is a wonderful way to go. Up close this is a great set, especially if the price is right.
About - weight. These sets are very heavy. Even the 30" set, at 150 pounds, can be tough for one person to move around "easily." Mine, at 34", really requires 2+ people to move. So, if you go with this set you want to select a location and then leave it there. If you can, put it on a stand with wheels so you can rotate it when needed.
My room is pretty small, so probably sit around 4 feet from it. So it should be plenty large for me. My current bedroom tv is a 27" i got for free, and i was delighted. A year before that, i had a 15 year old Sony Trinitron 19", and that served me a good 5 years in my bedroom. The problem i have with my current TV is that its a, what i would call, pseudo-Trinitron. Its flat screen, but the image blooms ALOT when the screen goes from dark to light, or even when an image of a tree is in the middle, the screen basically distorts a little, and is slightly annoying.
One problem i might be faced with is the stand that i currently use. Its a build-it-yourself kindof stand from walmart, and itrs already straining to hold this 27" CRT. So im hoping that its going to be enough for a 150lb heat generator.
Originally Posted by Bamadawg_63
I really loved my 30XS while I had it. I tweaked the service menu as much as a novice can with the help of this thread, then enjoyed hours upon hours of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies on that lil sucker. I can't recall how many weekends I watched LOTR-Trilogy on that set, just a wonderful experience in my lil living room. I moved up in size to a 48" Hitachi Diamond Series CRT-RPTV - same concept but lacking the wonderful richness a glass Sony Fine-Pitch screen delivers.
I gave my lil XS to my parents and we actually watched the BCS Champ game on it last night. I am begging them to upgrade to Charter HD for $5 more a month, but it still pumps out a nice picture. I paid close to a grand with taxes when it was spankin' new, and would have expected around $300-$400 for it, but I knew it had not been moved a inch since set-up and it had lotsa hours of tweakin' on it.
I would give him $250 or tell him if he provides delivery to your place and set-up you will give him $350
Whatever you decide, please remember that these CRT's are not toys and they do not handle excessive rough hauling well at all. The CRT's were aligned at the factory and they were then packed into sturdy boxes for transport. If you just throw one into the back seat or the bed of a van or truck and let her bang and toss around... dollars to doughnuts the CRT magnets are gonna be WAYYYY off when you plug her in. Then you are out a few bills for a tech to come realign her, that is if you can find one that knows what a CRT magnet is. "Treat her like a lady" and she will return the favor.
Hmm, i might bring a crap load of blankets, and lay them out in our SUV. That might help a little if i do buy it.
Also, to the members of AVS, would it be a good idea if i bring something, say my PS3, so i could test HD on it?
(side story: i remember going to Japan last year, and they seem to be doing the "analog to digital" transition. But i went by a transh dupster collection space, and i saw at least 30 TV's stacked on one another. The sad thig was, half the sets were Sony widescreen non-flat trinitrons from the mid 90's. You could also tell that the users didn't utilize the widescreen nature of it, because you could see burnt-in black bars on the side, which i assume means he ONLY watched 4:3 programing on a good widescreen tv, and im betting it was hi-vision capable too. . .