Not to resurrect an ancient thread but I just happened to run across this browsing listings for these old TVs. Since retro gaming is getting more and more popular figure I’d answer.
The XBR100 and XBR96S (never seen a 90S unless it was a military, Costco or other specialty market model number) are essentially the same XBR(2) tube with the same SuperBrix Electron Gun etc.
The 100 was a completely new case design made to mimick the broadcast PVMs of the time with the disappearing LED control panel on the side. It also moved the tuner and source electronics to an outboard box and they also sold the Nuvo-riche Shigei stand to hold all of it.
All of this is great, except that 20 years down the road all the 100s are mostly a crumbling and dangerous mess. I had one that was absolutely 100 percent PERFECT 5 years ago or so, and had to toss it out because the case plastic was literally crumbling apart.
For that reason, and the fact there isn’t extra wires and a control center to lose, PLUS a great speaker system... the even harder to find 27 and 32XBR96S are (probably... I assume those don’t disintegrate) the better of the two.
Originally Posted by brandonp514
I've been looking for an XBR100 but I found a XBR90s which this guy "claims" is an XBR2 (XBR squared). Is this on caliber with an XBR100? Or should I continue to wait till one comes up?