Advice needed: Sony vs. Toshiba HDTV's

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Hello,
I realize this is a shot in the dark here, as there are so many TV's out
there to choose from, but hey, I'll give it a go:

We are upgrading from our "ancient" 19-inch regular color TV.  We actually
have this old clunker hooked up within a kind of funky home theater setup
(home theater tuner, two big old KLH side speakers, JBL center speaker,
subwoofer).
We  have reduced the choices to two 34" widescreen models:

Sony KD-34XBR960, $2199
Toshiba 34HFX84, $1599

We will be getting HDTV via cable input from Comcast.

The Sony is currently "top rated" by some review sites, but it's expensive,
weighs 200lbs., and has some features we don't need (an HDTV tuner,
"cable-card readiness," a slot for Sony data stick input).

The Toshiba seems like a good choice based on price, looks, weight ("only"
160 lbs.), and features.

It seems from what I've written that I'm a leaning toward the Toshiba; I
guess what I'm wondering is how the actual performance of the Toshiba
measures up to the Sony.  If the Sony's picture is significantly better, I'd
likely spend the extra money (after all, we probably won't buy another TV
for another ten years :-).

Has anyone viewed/compared these two fine sets?
Is there an even better alternative I don't know about within this TV
size/type category?
Thanks for any answers,
Doug





Re: Advice needed: Sony vs. Toshiba HDTV's



Doug Greenberg wrote:
> Hello,
> I realize this is a shot in the dark here, as there are so many TV's
out
> there to choose from, but hey, I'll give it a go:
>
> We are upgrading from our "ancient" 19-inch regular color TV.  We
actually
> have this old clunker hooked up within a kind of funky home theater
setup
> (home theater tuner, two big old KLH side speakers, JBL center
speaker,
> subwoofer).
> We  have reduced the choices to two 34" widescreen models:
>
> Sony KD-34XBR960, $2199
> Toshiba 34HFX84, $1599
>
> We will be getting HDTV via cable input from Comcast.

Suggest you look at the latest issue of Consumer Reports, which
includes reviews of HDTVs in many sizes, prices, and types (CRT, rear
projection, LCD, plasma, etc.) Should be on US newsstands or call your
local library and ask for it.

The review (and other TV reviews) are probably online at:

www.consumerreports.org

I also suggest you shop only locally. That way, you can try before you
buy, and if there are troubles later, you can carry the TV back to the
store, if needed.

(snip)



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