Been a long while looking at new TV sets.
In a bind for a new TV set. Still hesitating to buy new tech projection,
Plasma, or LCD panels. Anyone using a HDTV ready Sony 34 in. XBR flat
screen CRT based set? Local store has some on sale for good price.
I have a digital cable access/high speed internet.
hdtv ready can mean lots of things.... id look into that further.
that said, for a 34" screen, i think the crt's look tons better than
anything else out there. its not til you get to the 40+ inchers that i
think the tides start to turn in favor of more modern technology.
I have a 30", CRT, Sony (XBR910) HDTV which I love. The picture
quality is amazing; very sharp and clear. Rich blacks and no "screen
door" effect. It's a better picture than any plasma or LCD < $5k.
The downside is that it's big and very heavey; it's not an easy thing
to move and you need a good stand for it.
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In alt.home.repair on Sat, 26 Feb 2005 23:26:03 +0000 (UTC) Drew V
A friend bought a 30 or 40 inch plasma, and it was a lot heavier than
I expected. 93 pounds iirc. It took two of us, and even with the
good handle at the top corners, it still wasn't easy to carry. The
all-purpose stand he bought was probably 30 or more.
Bought on the web, they forgot to ship it**. When he called about it,
they offerred to ship it overnight from Washington State to Florida.
And they did. So it got there on the original day they said it would.
**Well, they said they decided to let the distrutor ship it, and he
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Last year I bought a Phillips 34" HD CRT. It is the largest CRT based TV
made. IMO, the picture quality is better than any projection TV and was
reasonably priced compared to plasma or LCD. Plasma allegedly fades after a
few years also.
Get help if you buy one. That sucker is 185 pounds. I made an oak stand
for it and had to be careful of the placement as much of the weight is in
the front. If you are interested in seeing the stand, it is on my we page
Tony, be sure to look at Toshiba CRT TVs for really outstanding
picture quality at a reasonable price. I have purchased two of them in
the last two years. Although these particular sets were not
HDTV-ready, the picture is excellent.
Then get Ed to make you a stand. Nice stand.
I have a Sony Wega flat screen HDTV ready. It's a 34 or something around
there. Awesome picture. And it's not even hooked up for the HD. Paid $1200
for it a couple years ago. The person who said they are heavy was 100%
You'd be amazed at what you can do with a few decent tools and a little
reading up on the subject.
I could have bought a stand for $100. instead, I spent $130 on materials
and a couple of weekends. The drawers are full opening and are sized to
hold a VCR tape or DVD package.
Its still hard to beat a CRT, but the clock is ticking.
Many companies are phasing out CRT production.
Pretty soon i think all that will be left is low end
Chinese units in the CRT type sets.
A crt (especially in a large format size) is heavy and takes up
more space. That is a given. But it has advantages over other formats
I have seen many DLP projection sets that don't look bad, but they
have a greenish hue to them. If you want a shock ask how much the bulb
is to replace. And who knows in 5 years if all these bulbs will be
commonly available. Plus, a DLP set is actually a mechanical device
if you can believe that. Most of these sets use a single DLP
imager that uses a spinning color wheel to get rec, green, and blue.
So you got a motor now that can get flaky or go bad.
A LCD set uses a back light for its luminance. Many have used a form
or fluorescent lamps for back light. These lamps fail like that ones
in your house or business. And there not easy to change or a user
changeable part. SOme newer units are staring to use LED's for a light
source. The jury is still out if that is going to be a better way to
go. Looks good so far.
Plasma has its own issues of screen burn and a more limited life.
So while there are many things that are cooler than a CRT, its still
a very practical device for many applications.
The bigger issue now is the shut off of analog NTSC TV over the
airwaves. Its still a very hot issue. What ever you buy should
have a DTV tuner in it or have a capability of external input.
Some day soon, millions of people in the US will be in outrage when all
they can see on there olds tv's is noise and static because the old
VHF analog TV is gone.....
No, HDTV ready means the monitor is capable of either display 720p or
1080i HD resolution. Most of the time a separate tuner is required
(i.e. your cable or satellite box). If you only want OTA (over the
air... i.e. network broadcasts), you usually have to buy that
"There's no shutoff of the analog signal scheduled. The digital signal
transmission is required by 2006. "
That is incorrect. The current target date set by the govt for the end
of analog (NTSC) broadcasts is Dec 31 2006. There is however a
provision that requires a minimum number of homes in an area to be able
to receive digital before the analog can be shut down. I expect the
date will get pushed out, unless Congress wants to get thrown out on
their asses. However, there most definitely is a data and an urgency,
because the feds want to resell the spectrum for other uses.
i realize there is an 'official' definition. as you say, it may or may not
mean the tuner is incorporated. i also see signs in the stores that say
hdtv ready and dont know if it meets the official definition.
all im saying is you should look into it and figure out exactly what you are
getting and not be suprised later. or not and just play it by ear. your
Its going to happen. its only a matter of time.
The gov thinks there going to make big bucks selling some of the
spectrum and using other parts of it for public safety.
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Yeah, but let's not make it a bigger deal that it is. When that happens ANY TV
will work when hooked up to a box that will cost a few bucks. You will not see
thousands of sets sitting on the curb the next trash day.
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