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Old 06-20-2000, 09:22 AM   #1
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Question no sube contnt.: Sony Wega XBR TV prices?

i am in the market for a new tv. i wanted to know what good prices are for the 36" sony wega xbr televisions? good deals anywhere like Sears, Best Buy, etc.? also any thoughts if you own one? thanx.
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Old 06-20-2000, 09:52 AM   #2
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Check out Yahoo Shopping... there's some good retailers in there who will ship cheap and have great prices on this stuff. I've got the 32" version of that TV... best thing I've bought entertainment wise in a long time.

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Old 06-20-2000, 09:57 AM   #3
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i have the 32" wega, and its a great tv, but there are some nominal distortions that i've noticed on almost all the 32" line from 1999. i originally bought online, but the 2 shops i ordered from never shipped. i ended up paying about 10% more at a local retailer, and when i noticed the distortions, they came and took the tv back twice on their bill, and eventually i got a new unit from them. same distortions, but just not as visible, so i dealt with it. most other tv's of this size have much worse color problems and tube problems, so the minor corner distortions was nothing major to worry about.

i am hesitant to order tv's via mail order companies. i've bought 3 tv's over the net in the past 3 years, and all of them came with a little damage or some problems. plus the wega fiasco with dealers telling me every day it was on its way but no tracking number and charging my credit card was damn annoying. go make friendly with a local douglas tv or something and get a good deal on the tv by wheeling and dealing.
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Old 06-20-2000, 10:07 AM   #4
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I have a 36" Panasonic and love it. I'v had it for almost two years now without a problem. It has the "Panablack" tube and is like 98% flat. You may want to check it out.
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Old 06-20-2000, 10:07 AM   #5
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my roommate just got a 00 36 inch XBR off of Ebay for $1500, the worst thing about it was that it's 236 pounds, damn that thing is awkward to carry...

oh, for what ChrisJ said, I have a 32 inch superflat Panasonic (they're next to each other and plugged into the samd source till I move out in 2 weeks) and everyone that's seen the two on at the same time thinks the Panasonic has brighter colors and an overall better picture, everyone of my friend's except my roomate of course...

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Old 06-20-2000, 10:15 AM   #6
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oh, personally, I went to Circuit City and got an extended warrantee too, the break you get on tax is more than equalled in shipping, and if you ever have a problem it's right down the street, and if you get the extended warrantee and your picture isn't so nice in 3 years, they'll still fix it or give you a new one

when you're spending that much money you might as well buy some security too
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Old 06-20-2000, 10:17 AM   #7
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hahah you want the BEST price?
go to board member "ravent" he's the man..

Go for 36" XBR .. good GOD is it beautiful.. once I have a lot of money in my hands im going for the 32" XBR

Anyways, Circuit City is a ripoff unless u do have a hookup to give u cost.. ( or make some kind of special deal. trust me, i worked there for a year straight)
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Old 06-20-2000, 10:31 AM   #8
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i almost bought the panasonic also, but i have a good friend who is a certified ISF technician. he normally charged $150 to $250 to bring a TV into isf specs [great color, contrast, and brightness settings as well as a near perfect greyscale]. most people can't stand looking at an isf calibrated screen because they think its too dim or too blurry, but if you compare the same movies on a regular tv and an isf tv, the isf tv looks more film-like, is MUCH easier on the eyes, and really immerses you in the movie better.

he had calibrated a few of those panablack "flat" screens and he said the color decoder was just crap and everything pushed blue no matter what he did. now if you want the brightest tv possible, a tv that pushes blue is a good thing [that's why they look so good on a sales floor or compared to a tv with a more proper color decoder]. but if you want perfect color and contrast, it wasn't to be had. the wega was a BIGGER problem to color correct, but some minor electronics mod had to be done [he had to cut the wire going to the crappy Velocity Modulation Scanning function, the worst thing to ever happen to tv's], but the outcome was amazing. i'm giving the tv to one of my brother-in-law's probably this spring though, i found a great deal on a 9" crt sony front projector, now THAT'S a tv hehehe..

the thing i liked most about the panasonic tv's was that their geometry was amazing and near perfect out of the box. but a proper ISF calibration will make the geometry perfect no matter how bad it was out of the box. plus the panablack stuff was great, but i think my wega is just as black also.

and yea, the wega's weigh WAY too much, you can't just move them around the room at your wife's whim, hehe
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Old 06-20-2000, 10:31 AM   #9
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I have the 36" Wega.

I got it basically because I wanted a bigger screen for 2 player GT and GT2.

Yes, there are a few distortions, but nothing major or anything that you should fret about.

When I got mine, it was $2100. (But that was over a year ago when they 1st came out). Make sure that you get a stand that can handle the weight. The 36" is like 250 Lbs.

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Old 06-20-2000, 10:58 AM   #10
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Damn, guys...

I just have the 24" model...kinda starting to feel a little inadequate...



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Old 06-20-2000, 12:10 PM   #11
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man after researching this
i like the panasonic better.

Why?
1.) it's black (match my entertainment center)
2.) 32" Perfect size that *I* want
3.) umm about 40% CHEAPER than sony (so far 900$ is the best price I found for the superflat, but i just started looking )

I'd go with the panasonic hands down and it looks better than the 32" wega or whatever gofor it ..
let's get randy's voice in here..
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Old 06-20-2000, 12:16 PM   #12
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does panasonic have a 36" flat screen model???
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Old 06-20-2000, 12:18 PM   #13
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I have the 27" Sony XBR for about 3 years. The picture is great w/ a DSS system. I am holding out for HDTV's in my area, roughly 3-5 years. Price-wise, I think the s/h on the Wega will be more than the local tax. What you might try is to see if a place has last years model on closeout.
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Old 06-20-2000, 02:52 PM   #14
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Im fairly confident u can buy the 32" Panasonic Super Flat which is supposedly really for about 800$ .. I think that's great comparable to the 1500$ VEGA tv.. or the 1800$ XBR..
Daniel that's a good price..

and btw daniel.. 1 1/2 WEEKS babbbbbbbbby!!! Straight work out everyday with MetRx bars and balancing eating. I have stronger tits than Arnold Schwaranager hehe
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Old 06-20-2000, 04:22 PM   #15
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STI: The reason the Panasonic "looks better" next to the Sony is because it pushes blue, which means its overly bright and colors are less red and more blue.

THe problem with this in the long run is you may burn out your CRTs sooner. Proper ISF calibration [$150-$250 depending ont he set] will fix this with almost any TV. The other problem with the Panasonic over the Sony is that its color decoder has some flaws in it to purposely look better on the show floor.

YOu can't judge a TV by just spending a few minutes with it unproperly calibrated on a sales floor. If a super bright, CRT burning, bluish tinted TV is what you like, go for it. But if I were you, go watch ANY tv that was ISF calibrated for an hour with a good DVD movie. You'll be blown away. A cheap $400 32 inch Zenith that is properly calibrated will destroy a $2000 SOny that still has its out of the box retail calibration. hands down.

One test I love to do to people that freaks them out:

Turn their TV on, put their favorite DVD in the drive and play a certain chapter of the movie. Let them watch it in near total darkness in the room [I actually prefer a SLIGHT light, about 10% brightness, BEHIND the tv for less eye strain]. Watch about 15 minutes of the movie.

Then, go to the TV menu, jot down the current settings, and change them to the following: SHARPNESS set all the way to >ZERO<, bring brightness and contrast down about 30% each. Replay the movie. Initially, most people will say it looks blurry and dim. But watch the whole 15-20 minutes you watched before. YOu will definitely feel like you're watching film, your eyes will hurt less, and you will actually pull more detail out of the movie as you ever have before.

This demo would certainly make the sony look better than almost anything else out there short of HDTV
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Old 06-21-2000, 01:01 AM   #16
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I want the Panasonic Flat 32" but some people on Deja said that it doesnt look as good as the WEGA at home (they said on the sales floor it looks better)

anyways, can anyone comment on this?
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Old 06-21-2000, 01:10 AM   #17
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I think I did Sev

I've had the 32 inch Pana for over a year, it's wonderful, it might push too much blue, it might, but if it does I like it, and sitting right next to the XBR Wega I think it looks better, at home, in the dark, watching the same DVD's, the same GT2, the same cable, I think it looks better

oh, and that silver f'ing sucks for watching a movie in a dark room... damn what were they thinking?
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Old 06-21-2000, 01:27 AM   #18
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Can't go wrong with the XBR...mine is older but still looks fantastic! Some will say that the price is too high for the Wega XBR but in the long run it is worth it. And as Dada21 advised, check out the ISF tuning, too.
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Old 06-21-2000, 01:56 AM   #19
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the thing is i want something very comparable to the 34"-36" Sony Wega XBR. the flatscreen deal rocks, my uncle has the 34" and i realy like it. what is the price on the 34," and does panasonic or anyone else make one close or identical to it. i am looking to spend $1,000 - 1,500, but if i can save on a different company and still get the same features and flatscreen then ok. any help, thanx
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