Do you need to have a flatscreen to use apple tv?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ellaimac, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. ellaimac macrumors regular

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    You'll probably need to get an adapter, but with the right one you can use it.
     
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    The only video output is HDMI, you need to find a way to get that to an input your TV supports.
     
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    Since you didn't ask about the latest generation, the first generation- the one with a built-in hard drive- also had component video jacks (out). Most of the "old" CRTs made in the 2000s had component jacks as far back as the beginning of the decade. I have an old Tube purchased in 2000 and it has component.

    The first gen still does almost everything the latest version does (but not 1080p (which you very likely don't have on that CRT anyway) and no Netflix). And don't expect any updates for it if you go that way.
     
  6. ellaimac thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think our CRT is 1990s, Well, only my mom knows. #
     
  7. samxool macrumors member

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    seriously dude, buy a new tv!
    Send the CRT to the junkyard!
     
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    If the CRT is capable of 1080 or even 720 HDMI, then you might have a chance, but if it's a 1990's set, I doubt it. Cheap flat panels are everywhere these days, and maybe it's time to grab one. I can't remember when I got rid of all my CRT stuff, but it's got to be at least 10 years!
     
  9. ellaimac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Looool. We cant, because our house is small.
     
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    These days, small flat-screen displays are nearly as cheap as HDMI cables & adaptors that you'd use to plug them in! They also are a LOT smaller than a CRT with similar screen-size, so should suit you better if you're short of space. Of course, it might be money you don't want to/can't afford to spend.
     
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    LCDs are smaller than CRT if you comparing the same screen size
     
  13. warzone, Jun 5, 2012
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    I also wanted to ask that question, I think these days flat screens are ruling and they were always better than other CRT screens, but if a flat screen needed to use an apple tv or not, i can't say anything about it.
     
  14. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    Whoa fella! I dearly love my 34" HD Sony 16x9, 720p, CRT. Even though it weighs a bit over 200 pounds. :) You could spend $2000 on an LCD or plasma and not get blacks as good as you get with a quality CRT. Plus no motion blur or ghosting. I've had it for 5 years and I can easily see it going for another 10 or so.
     
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    Well...

    Well, if he had your TV, then he'd be good.

    But anything 10+ years old likely can't handle an AppleTV.
     
  16. samxool macrumors member

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    34"???!!!:eek::confused::eek:
    You must need a magnifying glass to watch tv on a screen that small.
    Seriously dude, man up and get at least a 50incher!
     
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    Another thing you need to keep in mind is the clearness of the image on screen. The Apple TV interface draws text in rather small fonts which may appear blurry beyond recognition on an old-style CRT screen.

    I ended up throwing my old 20" CRT out in 2009 and replacing it with an 22" Full HD LCD for a reasonable price (£180 - you can get them even cheaper now) because the scart socket finally failed and the text in many Xbox 360 games appeared undecipherable. I haven't regretted my decision.
     
  18. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    First off DON'T throw out that CRT. They are a piece of history and will one day command a nice price.

    Now as for Apple TV working on a CRT. Most likely the picture will be off as CRT did not support 1080p or 720p.
     
  19. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    It's a bedroom tv, I watch from about 6 feet away. 34" is enough for that situation. The "big" tv is in the living room.

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    Huh? Did you read my posts above? My 34" Sony CRT supports 720p just fine. My Apple TV works perfectly on it and the picture is centered. I did have to go to Settings to specify 720p 60hz to get a full screen picture.
     
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    Which aTV do you have? I wasn't aware of any Sony CRT-HDTV's that had HDMI.

    EDIT - just did a quick Google. Turns out there were many Sony CRT models that had HDMI. Learned something new today.
     
  21. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    It was an era when Sony was actually making leading edge tvs. Now Sony is just another name in the bunch and may soon not even be in the tv business. Just as I bought it at Circuit City, which is no longer in business. At least not in its' previous form.

    Mine is the 34XBR970

    http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/st...angId=-1&partNumber=KD34XBR970#specifications
     
  22. takeshi74, Jun 7, 2012
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    The display tech doesn't matter. The connections do. I have a CRT with HDMI. They're not mutually exclusive.

    Depends on what you mean by better. If you only mean smaller and lighter, sure. However not all flat panels have (or had) better picture quality than CRT's.

    Spent less on my plasma and it doesn't suffer from what you describe. You might want to consider that tech doesn't stand still.

    You must need to get your eyes checked if you can't see anything on a 34" screen.

    The XBR970 (also what I have) supports 1080i as well.
     

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