Why would anyone still use a CRT?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by dontwalkhand, May 18, 2009.

  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    What are the arguments for someone who still uses a CRT in this day and age? Is there such thing as a CRT with DVI or any other type of newer connector?

    Also, same question for people who buy CRT TVs, or Projection TVs rather than LCD or another type of flat panel.

    They're heavy, and they have a big "butt"
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    While LCD and Plasma TVs are good, they still don't match the response of CRTs. I expect this to change in a few years as LCD panels keep getting better all the time.

    Personally, I find LCDs to be good enough for my tastes. But there are folks out there who still swear by the older technology when it comes to TVs and moving images.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    That pretty much sums it up.
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    CRT digital televisions are dirt cheap.

    Also I will never forget the Sony FW900.
  5. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I haven't used a CRT monitor in 5 years. I just bought a 52" LCD TV to replace the CRT TV in my living room, but I still have 2 others in my house (bedroom and workout room). I'll probably replace those in a couple years.
  6. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    CRT blacks are unparalleled by ANY flat screen out there.

    I would love to have a 60 inch CRT but the crane rental alone would c0st a fortune.
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Cost, for me mostly. I have a bunch of CRT's that I can't afford to replace with anything else. But I don't mind them, I do think the colors are a little sharper then on LCD's.
  8. Mr. Owl macrumors newbie

    Mr. Owl

    Feb 17, 2009
    They're cheap, they tend to have better color accuracy, and they last forever.

    That said, I've got an LCD on my setup. This thing better last forever; I don't have the budget to replace it.
  9. Love macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2007
    Just southeast of Northwestshire
    I like CRTs, but prefer LCDs for the sharper colors.
  10. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    No they don't. I've had several CRTs crap out on me after several years, they usually begin to go blurry then the colors go all funky, like it'll have a purple tint to it. LCDs don't last forever either, but nothing does.
  11. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    I have a 24" iMac & 21" Eizo lcd for my work & play but I still use a CRT TV. Why? Because it's just fine for the 2-4 hours I watch a movie on it every week. I rather spend the money for a big TV on some computer gear that I use more, or some nice evenings with friends. Plasma/lcd TVs are not worth their price for me.
  12. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    Soon CRTs will be dead. LCD panels use far less electricity, therefor the Government isn't far from forcing CRT displays off of store shelves.

    BTW, its my opinion that plasma TVs aren't far from the same fate either....
  13. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    CRTs are much easier to clean, at least the screen is. LCDs are too fragile, especially to clean.
  14. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    My family has 4 CRT TV's and we use CRT's on our servers. My brother uses a CRT on his PC because it is the only thing we have for him. Why do we use CRT TV's? We have had them for longer than we have had the house we are living in. (one is so old it only goes up to channel 13:eek:)

    For me a CRT is a no no for a computer. Have you ever seen a CRT that would fit into a 1.1 inch thick PowerBook G4 case?
  15. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    I think the OP is comorming generally to CRT Monitors, not tvs. CRT tvs are still in wide use because they work great. You would NOT want to use a CRT TV with a computer because the pixels are far too large.

    CRT Monitors are getting really cheap, have great color reproduction and have a decent life span.

    For my needs a CRT is too big and clunky, the fact any magnet can harm it is a turn off, and you can't really move them to your liking. An LCD you can move all the way back and all the way forward and it has a higher tilt angle as well as being mountable. CRTs are just too heavy.
  16. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    But... but you can set a 15" CRTs resolution to 1600x1200 you know. :D
  17. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    For CRT versus LCD, sure. The black on plasma displays is nearly as good as CRT, and FAR better than LCD. As a result, LCDs don't look nearly as good as plasma. IMO, the biggest downside of plasma TVs is price, and that's why they're not going to be in the market for much longer.

    If you're just talking about computer monitors, CRTs have superior colour accuracy and aren't prone to colour shifts over time like LCDs are. They also don't need the rather long warm-up time before the display is steady, although LED displays will change all that.
  18. UWSpindoctor macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I went with projection for my TV because it had by far the best size to price ratio while still being very high quality. I was willing to sacrifice 10" of depth for 10" of screen size.
  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Some of the CRTs are dirt cheap, you can expect them to last until you get sick of looking at them.

    The real insane part is they use less electricity than some of the new models, and if somebody breaks into your house they'll probably feel sorry for you.
  20. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    see Thread 207751
  21. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    Yep agreed!
  22. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Glass CRTs are sure durable. Very easy to clean as you say.

    My most recent CRT TV purchase was in 1984. A 19 inch Sony Trinitron TV. The first stereo model that they made. The monitor still works great. The tuner portion died a few years ago, so I connected it to a VCR. Donated to a local school about 5 years ago.

    Since then, I've been using an LCD monitor.

    In my case, they might leave something since I don't have a TV. :p

    On a side note. At the local Yodobashi Camera store, they have the new Sharp Aquos XS models (52" and 65"). They are pretty awesome for those who can afford one.
  23. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    CRTs are free, even good ones.

    Our ooooold 24' CRT died last year, within a day of posting a wanted ad up on Freecycle I had a high-end 28' widescreen CRT.

    When my landlord's CRT died it only took a couple of days to find another better one on Freecycle.

    The new trend of buying flat TVs is great for people with low income, as it means they can 'upgrade' to a better CRT for free when the others realise they have no way to get rid of their old TV.
  24. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    CRT's have good response when it comes to fast action but the sharpness can be an issue and we still have the NTSC color issue (engineers don't call it "Never Twice Same Color" for a reason when you change channels).

    I've seen Samsung's new line of LED TV LCD panels that use LED backlighting and the picture quality leaves nothing to be desired--especially the amazing blacks (it's the first time I've seen blacks on an LCD panel that are just as good as a plasma panel).
  25. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I like CRTs but I don't think I'd use one now. I used to get migraines from the flicker (same for tube TV's).

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