Heres my 2 cents as a owner of the XBR970, the picture looks stunning, absolutely awsome on the Xbox 360 and any SD/HD OTA broadcast. PBS has Nature programs in HD that are breathtaking.
I too looked at the LCD's and Plasmas before buying this Beast. I spent over six months, from Sept 06 to Feb 07, just looking at all the TV's every chance I got. I also surfed the web looking for info on all the different types. I even considered the Samsung Slimfit CRT HDTV. Which TV did I choose? The one I thought was the best bang for my buck. Now you ask why? I just won a lawsuit, which made the money issue nill. I coulda brought home a 50+" LCD/Plasma up to a 100 " PJ, but I didn't and this is my reason - The Sony XBR970 could possibly be the last HD CRT made and it is a GREAT TV for me .
So all that being said, when you get the cash together go out and get the TV that will make you happy and able to sleep at night or day. I know the first week I had mine I bearly slept at all.
Yea yea go ahead and hate, I'm well aware of how annoying I am with my indecision but look at it this way: as soon as I have the $850-$1000 saved up to buy my TV you'll never have to hear from me again. Anyway I have two new concerns that popped up while doing some research today. Firstly, I'm told the image on CRT sets is typically not as sharp and much more soft compared to an LCD, does this apply to the XBR970? I've seen the Samsung and Bravia LCD's hooked up to the 360's and PS3's in-store displays and there sharpness and clarity is breathtaking. Secondly, should I be wary of buying this TV on eBay? It's brand new in the box so i'm not worried about getting a busted up refurb but I know the XBR960's were notorious for their unreliability and consistent breaking and I know Sony's customer service sucks and there probably isn't a Sony repair center within 500 miles of my house so Sony's warranty is kind've useless; but I can get a really good price on it and save myself some cash.