2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 6983 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2650 times:
It has been more than a few years since flatscreen TV and computer monitors have been out on the market. With the cathode ray tube "thick screen" TVs and monitors essentially out of production for the last couple of years do you still have CRTs in your house or at work and are they in working order? I still have one an "Admiral" in my house that I have had for the last ten or so years that I got from "The Good Guys" it still works well.
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StarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3234 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
At my parents house I think there is one in use CRT monitor (2 just sitting there) and I reckon 5 CRT TV's that work pretty much perfectly (with one I think lying around somewhere). Anything that has stopped working we have gotten rid of and I'm pretty sure the monitors are gonna be taken away soon possibly with one spare lying around just in case.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38596 posts, RR: 79 Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
I still use a 27" CRT television set and a 21" CRT computer monitor.
Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter): With the cathode ray tube "thick screen" TVs and monitors essentially out of production for the last couple of years
Sure about that? I just picked up a used IBM THINKVISION C220P and it's still in production. The crazy thing is that they're asking $1,369.00 !
I picked mines up for only 2000 Thai Baht ($60 USD) last October.
It was made in 2007 and hasn't been used much. The picture quality it perfect. I like the true picture quality of CRTs.
Aesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 4934 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
The only TV here is a 32" 16/9 CRT. Bought used on eBay to boot !
I still have my 19" CRT (iiyama vision master pro 450) bought ten years ago for my first home made computer, it works but is not in its prime, and I don't use it anymore, I got 2*24" LCD panels instead, IPS ones for the good colors and angles they provide. I have another perfectly good 17" CRT that was replaced by a 24" MVA LCD for the family, it's in the garage waiting to find a new home or get recycled.
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MWHCVT From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 574 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
We have a mixture of LCD/PLASMA and CRT with the old CRT now a 21" TV in our guest room that we have had for about 20 years now and it is still is perfect working order, I have just yesterday set up with a digital receiver in readiness for the analog signal being switched off later this year
Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17 Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2484 times:
Yes I have a 36" Sony with the built in DVD and VHS player in the bed room. It has been a great piece of equipment for the past 20 years . It was my main TV for 5 or 6 years ...and its still is good for PS3 / DVD movies etc .
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Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 10569 posts, RR: 21 Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
Quoting Aesma (Reply 4): I still have my 19" CRT (iiyama vision master pro 450) bought ten years ago for my first home made computer, it works but is not in its prime
I have a Sony 19" CRT computer monitor (1280x1024 resolution) purchased in the early 90s which also works but whose output is a bit distorted. It gets a bit better as it warms up, but as you say, it's just not in its prime. I keep it hooked up to a backup computer I keep in my guest bedroom. It works well enough for its role, which is usually so guests can check their email.
Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 5): I have just yesterday set up with a digital receiver in readiness for the analog signal being switched off later this year
I gave my 27" Panasonic CRT TV from the early 90s to a friend who tried using it with a digital receiver, but he found he was in a poor location for off-the-air digital broadcasts and could not afford cable TV. So he still has it hooked up to a VCR and a DVD player and uses it from time to time and it still produces a very good picture. He also has a CRT computer monitor as well as an identical one sitting brand new in a box, ready for when the current one craps out.
So, to answer the core question, about four years ago I went from a CRT to a plasma for my main TV, and I don't miss the CRT at all.
As for computers, all my main computers at home and work for at least the last decade are laptops, which of course have LCDs.
Of course the more powerful work computers in the labs and the data centers are not laptops, but they all use virtual KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) setups so they don't have monitors at all. There are still CRTs in the lab area but they spend most of their time turned off. And I still have a Sony 19" CRT monitor in the back part of my office hooked up to a spare PC, but the monitor spends most of its time turned off.
So the only role CRTs have at home and work are on backup/spare devices, just because they still work OK and are bought and paid for.
If I had to get something new, I'd buy a LCD or plasma, because CRTs are just too bulky.
But I tend to keep stuff a long time, so the one CRT in the house will stay there till it craps out or till I have a good reason to get rid of it, then it'll go to the town recycling center, which has no issue with accepting CRTs for disposal.
falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5704 posts, RR: 29 Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2454 times:
I have a 32 inch Sony flatscreen in my living room and a 11 inch Dynex flat screen in my kitchen. The only reason I bought such a pitiful brand for the small one was I couldn't find a Sony that small.
I do have a 1973 Sony 13 inch CRT TV in my garage. I watch it when I am hanging around out there. It works great and I like its classic appeal. I also have a 7 inch Zenith Black and White CRT TV. I don't use that one much, but it is more of a novelty item anyway. It is a the "spirit of 76" model and has the Declaration of Independence and the "signatures" on the sides of it. I picked it up at a church rummage same back in '96, for $5.
I remember my buddy, Gerry, had a 40 inch CRT TV when we were in college. I remember helping him lug that monster up four flights of steps, in the dorms, and back down again at the end of the year.... That Sucked!
I really wanted one of those Sony HD widescreen CRT TVs, that were the last made. I looked into it but it weighed a couple of hundred pounds, if I recall, maybe more. I didn't want to have to lug it home and then have to buy a new piece of furniture to put it on.
iainbhx From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 234 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2389 times:
Quoting falstaff (Reply 8): I really wanted one of those Sony HD widescreen CRT TVs, that were the last made. I looked into it but it weighed a couple of hundred pounds, if I recall, maybe more. I didn't want to have to lug it home and then have to buy a new piece of furniture to put it on.
Sounds about right, my parents had a 37" Sony CRT and I think it weighed about 120lbs. I know because I left it there for the new owner of the house. With the digital switchover here, it was really just junk.
I've just bought a 40" HD LED Bravia with lots of bells and whistles and I've not had a desktop for ages, I use my MacBook Pro at home and a Dell laptop at work.
photopilot From Cuba, joined Jul 2002, 2441 posts, RR: 20 Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2361 times:
I have a 36" Sony Wega XBR tv and have had it for about 10 years now. Working perfectly, great picture quality and yup, it's a CRT. But while some of the new LCD/Plasma screens are nice, why spend money to replace a perfectly good working item? I don't have to be one of those who MUST have the latest gizmo/gadget just because it's the "in" thing to have.
When/if it ever needs service or breaks down, then I'll make a decision on what next.
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
Well, my computer is a laptop, so it's pretty obvious what type of monitor it has.
As for a television, I've got a Sharp flatscreen. My parents still have a working CRT TV, but it's in a little used spare room. Their main TV is a Sony flatscreen that went into service in 2008 after their CRT went belly up (twice) after only a few years of use.
At work there are probably something in the neighborhood of 2000 PCs, all with flatscreen monitors. The only CRTs in use are two TVs in the breakroom which will probably be replaced sometime in the near future with flatscreens.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 10569 posts, RR: 21 Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
Quoting photopilot (Reply 12): I have a 36" Sony Wega XBR tv and have had it for about 10 years now. Working perfectly, great picture quality and yup, it's a CRT. But while some of the new LCD/Plasma screens are nice, why spend money to replace a perfectly good working item?
I agree. It sounds like it's a very good setup.
Quoting photopilot (Reply 12): I don't have to be one of those who MUST have the latest gizmo/gadget just because it's the "in" thing to have.
It took me a long time to take the digital plunge. Before I did, I refused to even have a cable TV box in my house. Then when analog TV was being phased out, I bought a new TiVo that had a built-in digital tuner to replace the analog TiVo, and a plasma TV. I have no plans on replacing either any time soon, although I will probably get the newest gen TiVo and retire the current one to the spare room.
It also took me a very long time to get a phone with a data plan. I just got one in April and am still trying to figure the damn thing out!
Braniff747SP From Spain, joined Oct 2008, 2649 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2223 times:
Well, in my room I have a Sony Trinitron from the early 90's- older than I am. Works great; the main television in the house is a flatscreen with all the bells and whistles, but in my room, the CRT works well. I have basic cable in my room; the quality is still great, and I don't use it to watch movies or anything anyway. CNN is what it's always tuned to; and it works flawlessly. (It's also hooked up to one of the original PlayStations, I use that once in a while) I have no need for anything else; I was even offered a (older) flatscreen, but I declined. It really is a great TV...
My current computer is a laptop, but I used to have an older CRT computer, long ago. CRT is fine technology; it works fine, but people don't like it because it's not "the latest thing" with HD and God knows what else. Flatscreen really is not needed.
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DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7677 posts, RR: 18 Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
I have a 20" Panasonic that I bought ~8 years ago when I was in grad school. I'll keep it and use it until it is no longer serviceable or I find myself doing a move that makes it impractical to move. Thankfully it is reasonably light that my weak out of shape ass can move it. If I end up getting a nice new LCD/LED flatscreen I figure the old TV will just move to the bedroom or something.
My brother had a 32" Sony Trinitron Wega that he had bought shortly after he bought his first house 10 years ago. It must have weighed 150 lbs and when he moved from DC to Denver last year the TV didn't move. Not really sure what he did with it. But it was a case of not being worth it to move it type thing, especially when a reasonably priced 37" LCD makes a great replacement.
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type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4398 posts, RR: 20 Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
Viewsonic 20" flat screen for computer monitor and Sony WEGA 36" CRT in the lounge. The picture on the Sony is one of the best I had ever seen and I bought the set in 2004 or so a recent purchase. As long as it doesn't give me any trouble it'll stay there until it gives up. It was quite an expensive set!
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Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 890 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2154 times:
Donated my last CRT to my parents 5 years ago, and they replaced it with an LCD last year. CRT computer went 8 years ago, and its replacement has been retired. My work computers went LCD maybe 6 years ago....
Aesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 4934 posts, RR: 9 Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2086 times:
Switching to flat screen today is reasonable because decent flat screens can be bought (the cheaper ones are not good, however), but I remember the first computer LCDs in the early 2000s that really launched that switch, on top of being expensive, the image was just horrible. Plasma TVs were better, but then they cost as much as a car (a rich uncle bought one for more than 15000$).
For a perfectionist like me, even today's LCD are disappointing, there is not one computer screen that can satisfy me entirely, even an Eizo at more than 1500$ for a 24". That's why I still had 3 CRT screens on my main computer until 1 year ago, and only changed because they were failing and it was impossible to replace them with new ones. Most computer screen have a TN panel, which means colors are not consistent across the screen, even looking them perfectly straight ; and moving the head, it gets worse. Other main technologies are IPS and VA. VA has great blacks, but is often slow, so it's not good for watching action or playing games, IPS is quicker but blacks are not great. I got with IPS anyway, mostly because I'm accustomed to clear blacks, it's like at the movies. 3* HP ZR24W . Still, better blacks would be great, 120Hz allowing 3D display or smoother movements in games too, but that's not on the table, they're one year old now, and there is not one new competitor on the market. On the contrary, 16/10 screens are disappearing, replaced by stupid 16/9 screens, like if somehow the web or documents were horizontal ! Just look at this forum, half my screen is wasted already.
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Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 10569 posts, RR: 21 Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2073 times:
Quoting Aesma (Reply 22): Switching to flat screen today is reasonable because decent flat screens can be bought (the cheaper ones are not good, however), but I remember the first computer LCDs in the early 2000s that really launched that switch, on top of being expensive, the image was just horrible. Plasma TVs were better, but then they cost as much as a car (a rich uncle bought one for more than 15000$).
Quoting Aesma (Reply 22): Other main technologies are IPS and VA. VA has great blacks, but is often slow, so it's not good for watching action or playing games, IPS is quicker but blacks are not great. I got with IPS anyway, mostly because I'm accustomed to clear blacks, it's like at the movies. 3* HP ZR24W . Still, better blacks would be great, 120Hz allowing 3D display or smoother movements in games too, but that's not on the table, they're one year old now, and there is not one new competitor on the market.
Thanks for the great info!
Quoting Aesma (Reply 22): Just look at this forum, half my screen is wasted already.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2767 posts, RR: 7 Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2063 times:
I have 2 CRT TV's in the house and they work great (although they are not HD). I might as well NOT spend money to replace something that works well! I had a CRT monitor at work until recently when I needed to split to a 3-screen setup at my desk so I got 2 flat screens to go with my laptop docking station and save some space on my desk.
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25 Superfly: LOL! You can always open up a 2nd & 3rd window with a photo of an airplane or porn while surfing A.net and then 100% of your screen is in use. I
26 Revelation: I was an IBM software engineer in the 80s and they seemed to be in bed with Sony. Even back then I saw the 30in x 30in flat screens that the air traf
27 Superfly: Now THAT's cool! I better guard my CRT monitor like it's a newborn infant. Back in the US, there are tons of used 21" CRT monitors. It was really har
28 PlaneWasted: The only CRT i use is on an osilloscope at work.
29 YokoTsuno: LCD displays also use less energy Then it's time to ask your boss if he'd buy a new one for you . These things have LCD displays as well these days. Y
30 planeguy727: I have 2 CRT tvs. One is 13" w/integrated DVD player, other is 19". Both work fine, though I don't have cable so they don't get used much. Since they
31 Superfly: LOL! Is my voice that high? My Marantz 4400 quadraphonic receiver has an oscilloscope.
32 B7474: In our home we have two LCDs , one LED, one plasma, and one CRT 27 inch flat screen tube Sony WEGA. I must say the Panasonic 46 inch plasma delivers t
33 lorm: Bought a 36" Sony WEGA sometime in 2004. On delivery from Sears they thoughtfully brought 2 burly Samoans to haul the 235lb monster up and down a few
34 Revelation: Now we know what sumo wrestlers do for their day jobs! No offense to Samoans or sumo wrestlers, that's one awesome sport, and many Samoans excel at i
35 PITingres: 2 CRT's left in our house: one on the Sun U-60 downstairs, and the TV which is a 25 (?) inch Panasonic that is who knows how old. It works fine and wi
36 kl838: I just threw out my old 17 year old Toshiba 36 inch CRT, it was such a huge TV and was quite well built until some the buttons stopped working and it
37 lorm: Yep athough it's kind of sad that all of the crop of the local Sumo wrestlers with Hawaiian island ties are all retired now. Our island local news us
38 Superfly: Check out these RCA monitor ads. Nothing dated about this video at all..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At_eP_JWHjw At 2:32 - 2:36 you can see a qu
39 Revelation: I had my own business back then and at the end of the year if there was money in the account and if the computer was getting old I'd get a new one. I