thats the most important thing. the 36xs955 is fullscreen so you'll always get bars on top and bottom...or the picture will be stretched and distorted.
i love sony's crt projos. very good picture, very good price, and built like a tank. their HD xs and xbr model tubes are also very good...although a lot of them are getting harder to find. their HS model HD crt's are not as great in my opinion. if you are looking into their HS models...i'd say check out the slimfit's.
samsung's older slimfit 30inch was great...but the speakers on the side make it really bulky and very ugly in my opinion. for around the same price now, samsung has a new slimfit out with speakers on the bottom and it looks very sleek like a plasma/lcd...but with the picture quality of a tube. i'd definitely check it out if you have a chance. downside...most stores wont have HD going into their tube tv's..so it wont look that good. we have yet to get any in so i can't hook it up to hd to make a judgement about it.
Other than being too leary of both plasma and DLP, until their gremlins have been worked out, and the Sony
SXRD's too expensive; this is what i've narrowed it to.
Sony has several 34" tubes, and 30" as well. I have also been looking at Samsungs Slim-Fit sets. I'd be willing to buy the Sony 36" (4:3 ratio) sx955. I think Sony makes one RP these days. 51" is it a decent television?