For People Who Can't Wait For Hdtv

When Sony Corp. rolled out its new, top-of-the-line 32-inch color television last fall, Walter Ingram was one of the first in the checkout line. The electronics enthusiast couldn't resist: With the XBR2 model, Ingram can run instant replays and can divide the screen into 16 simultaneous shows. But gimmicks alone didn't persuade Ingram and his wife, Elaine, to shell out $1,700 when they had a perfectly good 25-inch set. With a four-year-old daughter and a year-old son, "you get kind of landlocked," says Ingram, the controller of a Seattle real estate developer. "We wanted to give the home creature comforts."

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