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Sony XBR CRT with BluRay HD-DVD??

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Would like to hear from users of larger XBR CRT screens (34 to 40) who are running a BluRay or HD-DVD deck to it--how much are you impressed with the difference compared with a very good upconverted SD DVD??
post #2 of 23
Big Difference. BIG.

Trust me theres no comparision even on a 34" Sony XBR. Probably one of the Best PQ you can get.. CRT & HD= Excellence
post #3 of 23
Ive watched a couple blu-ray movies on my PS3 / 34XBR960 (via HDMI) and the picture quality is amazing! its basically like watching an HD channel except on bluray theres no loss of detail or pixelation during fast moving scenes.
post #4 of 23
I've got the 34XBR960 and the 40XBR800. There is enough of a difference between an HD DVD/Blu-Ray (I have the XA1 and Sony on the 40") and an upconverted DVD from either player that I'm replacing my SD DVDs with the HD/Blu-Ray equivalents as they come out if I want them. Who knows which will win, but on these CRTs it just looks amazing and it's a great way to waste money!
post #5 of 23
I have a 34XS955 and a Toshiba A1. The upconversion on the A1 is no slouch and a significant improvement over regular DVD. Throw the HD content on top of that and it is pure heaven! Whomever said that you need a 40"+ screen to appreciate what HD DVD has too offer hasn't seen it on these sets. The screen is crammed with incredible detail and the sense of depth and color is breathtaking.
Can't say enough about HD DVD paired with these SFP CRTs.

Enjoy,

Bryan
post #6 of 23
I have a 40XBR700 with a 9000ES DVD player and a PS3 both hooked up via component. There is a noticeable difference with the Blu Ray discs over the standard DVDs playing at 480p. That said, the only direct comparison I've done is with the Fifth Element. The Superbit DVD is one of the best looking DVDs I own, while the Blu Ray version is definitely the worst looking Blu Ray disc I own. But watching Fantastic 4, Ice Age: Meltdown, Taladega Nights, etc. there is definitely more detail than I'm used to seeing on my other DVDs.
post #7 of 23
I have enjoyed OTA HD, PS3 Blu-Ray, and HD DVD on my 34XBR960. In fact, my father in law bought into hd dvd because of the PQ on my set I just wish it was bigger!
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by DoctorO View Post

Would like to hear from users of larger XBR CRT screens (34 to 40) who are running a BluRay or HD-DVD deck to it--how much are you impressed with the difference compared with a very good upconverted SD DVD??


dont have a sny XBR but i have seen one in person with blu ray and hd dvd along with reg HD. Not SD though. Anyways it is so damn stunning its amazing. And I can tll you right now, I look for the worst of the worst with any technoligy. So coming from me, its high praise. Hope that helps.
post #9 of 23
Probably not the best way to present Bluray but I took this shot with my digicam off my XBR960 TV, Of the 4 bluray movies I have Crank has the cleanest picture, Its truly amazing.

Crank @ 1080i (HDMI / PS3)
post #10 of 23
I am in agreement with everyone else.

I was often told that I would not see much, if any difference, when viewing on a 34 inch screen. That couldnt be further from the truth. I started off, with my 970, watching OTA HD and SD material. When the PS3 was released, I got one for blu-ray and light gaming. Since then I have switched the vast majority of my viewing to only HD. There is a content sacrifice there (although it is diminishing with time)... but well worth it due to the quality increase... even with my lowly 34 inch.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input! Now if only there were a reliable, decent-priced, dual-format player....When?
post #12 of 23
I'm impressed. I've found even better results using component video on my XBR960.
post #13 of 23
Sorry this thread is older than dirt, but it's still out there for all to see and in fact is the first hit on the subject. I fear that people curious about these TVs can be mislead by the enthusiasm exhibited here and elsewhere. I read glowing accounts of the XBR/trinitron tubes so I got a 34xbr800 at a thrift store for $50, thinking I had "beat the system" and saved hundreds on HDTV, while also owning a piece of history and conversation piece. FALSE. This misinformation can still cause people a lot of trouble.

The 1080i resolution is lies. I hooked up my computer and it saw SONY TV and chose the exact right resolution settings (1080x1920, interlaced, 59.whatever Hz). Still looked like garbage. I could read text just barely enough to find what I planned to watch. Pictures were pretty, but not super accurate. Also red-heavy, and I couldn't quite iron that out in normal menus. So why the myth that this looks good? Maybe a tv will TEND to look good if you paid $2000 for it new!

I would have just lived with it but it died...can you be suprised? There are 3-4 motherboards worth of 10 year old electronic junk inside, and operating at a staggering range of voltages right next to each other...it's a miracle if it DOES work! Take the chance of a 10 year old motherboard working, to the third or fourth power, and that's the chance of this beast working. And NOBODY will want to fix it for you...just get yourself a modern plasma if you want something different from LCD.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by TheGoyWonder View Post

Sorry this thread is older than dirt, but it's still out there for all to see and in fact is the first hit on the subject. I fear that people curious about these TVs can be mislead by the enthusiasm exhibited here and elsewhere. I read glowing accounts of the XBR/trinitron tubes so I got a 34xbr800 at a thrift store for $50, thinking I had "beat the system" and saved hundreds on HDTV, while also owning a piece of history and conversation piece. FALSE. This misinformation can still cause people a lot of trouble.

The 1080i resolution is lies. I hooked up my computer and it saw SONY TV and chose the exact right resolution settings (1080x1920, interlaced, 59.whatever Hz). Still looked like garbage. I could read text just barely enough to find what I planned to watch. Pictures were pretty, but not super accurate. Also red-heavy, and I couldn't quite iron that out in normal menus. So why the myth that this looks good? Maybe a tv will TEND to look good if you paid $2000 for it new!

I would have just lived with it but it died...can you be suprised? There are 3-4 motherboards worth of 10 year old electronic junk inside, and operating at a staggering range of voltages right next to each other...it's a miracle if it DOES work! Take the chance of a 10 year old motherboard working, to the third or fourth power, and that's the chance of this beast working. And NOBODY will want to fix it for you...just get yourself a modern plasma if you want something different from LCD.

Why would you want to dig up a 6 year old thread to piss on? "but it's still out there for all to see"---really now. These sets aren't even sold any more. Why would someone just decide to discover CRTs when a number of people are just throwing these away, or selling them for next to nothing? It's not like there selling them in stores anymore as if you have to make some sort of decision.

nx211
post #15 of 23
Haha, at least he didn't use the appropriate thread like the one that's dedicated to those who love CRTs. And I just reread it and realized he hooked it up to a computer, which if I understand correctly CRT TVs don't really work well that way. Anyhow, sound like he got burned by the thrift shop.
post #16 of 23
CRT, LCD, plasma, it doesn't matter. Using a PC with any TV can be hit or miss. It depends on the video board and/or settings in the PC.
As for "getting burned" by the thrift shop........ $50 for a working TV can also be hit and miss.

I wonder how the TV would look when using a 1080i cable STB or a Bluray player. If it's still horrible, chalk it up to a 10 year old TV. There's no "beating the system".
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

CRT, LCD, plasma, it doesn't matter. Using a PC with any TV can be hit or miss. It depends on the video board and/or settings in the PC.
As for "getting burned" by the thrift shop........ $50 for a working TV can also be hit and miss.

I wonder how the TV would look when using a 1080i cable STB or a Bluray player. If it's still horrible, chalk it up to a 10 year old TV. There's no "beating the system".

This!
post #18 of 23
Guys, guys, don't be too hard on him. Realize that here is another dumby who has a broken CRT that he can give away to one of us for free. So, how about it Goywonder, putting your CRT out there?
post #19 of 23
All,

remember, only the Pioneer Elite Plasma trumps the Sony XBR CRT!
post #20 of 23
Just chimming in,

I have the 34XS955 and have it hooked up to my Xbox 360 HD-DVD player (not the greatest player, but does the job), and the picture from the Planet Earth discs and 2001: A Space Odyssey is simply amazing. I never thought I'd have this type of viewing experience from my living room. I hope this TV never dies (or that I ever have to move, because we all know how fun these sets can be to lug around).
post #21 of 23
The picture quality for movies and video is unequalled to this day...that is for certain models.

If your main viewing will consist of text on a screen via a computer, then don't get one...if you want to watch movies with the absolute best pic quality possible, then get one.
post #22 of 23
I love my Sony CRT biggrin.gif
post #23 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGoyWonder View Post

Sorry this thread is older than dirt, but it's still out there for all to see and in fact is the first hit on the subject. I fear that people curious about these TVs can be mislead by the enthusiasm exhibited here and elsewhere. I read glowing accounts of the XBR/trinitron tubes so I got a 34xbr800 at a thrift store for $50, thinking I had "beat the system" and saved hundreds on HDTV, while also owning a piece of history and conversation piece. FALSE. This misinformation can still cause people a lot of trouble.

The 1080i resolution is lies. I hooked up my computer and it saw SONY TV and chose the exact right resolution settings (1080x1920, interlaced, 59.whatever Hz). Still looked like garbage. I could read text just barely enough to find what I planned to watch. Pictures were pretty, but not super accurate. Also red-heavy, and I couldn't quite iron that out in normal menus. So why the myth that this looks good? Maybe a tv will TEND to look good if you paid $2000 for it new!

I would have just lived with it but it died...can you be suprised? There are 3-4 motherboards worth of 10 year old electronic junk inside, and operating at a staggering range of voltages right next to each other...it's a miracle if it DOES work! Take the chance of a 10 year old motherboard working, to the third or fourth power, and that's the chance of this beast working. And NOBODY will want to fix it for you...just get yourself a modern plasma if you want something different from LCD.


Oddly enough I was in the same situation except my Sony XBR CRT only cost me $35 at my local Goodwill. The picture quality IS still just as good as its hyped up to be as long as You understand what You are getting into. I had to go into the service menu and adjust the geometry and color settings pretty extensively and take the back off the tv and adjust the voltage knob because I was experiencing flickering after extended use. After I made all the necessary adjustments, this is my main 'Man Cave' TV and I'm absolutely blown away every time I play a game or watch movies. Colors are so rich and black levels are as good as my Samsung Plasma. I don't recommend anyone buy a 10+ year old CRT tv if You don't plan on being pretty hands on with it but Yes, the picture quality of a well made CRT is still pretty remarkable.
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