...the reason they are not everywhere is because of their original price tag and not for everyday folks as far as setup and equipments is concerned! (...that and the consumers lack of knowledge/intelligence when it comes to shiny little objects with pulsing blue lights for the power buttons that match the lights on their microwaves and cell phones!)
...these days folks are looking for electronics they can hang on the wall and compare to their neighbors gears! (...never mnd watching it and comparing the PQ...I have seen folks using composite from their HD STB to that shinny new 55 inch LCD that their had to mortgage the house for to get! HEY THERE IT IS ITS WORKING!)
...also seen PS3s connected using S video to the same displays for blue ray watching: look I got a bluray player...I am styling now!
Needless to say that the grand majority of consumers are completely in the dark when it comes to specs and technology! (...they usually go with the "higher number or price" must be better rule of thumb! ...never mind setting it up properly or tweaking it for the best PQ....It is sad really!)
I mean with a CRT you will need a VP and a decent source device to get the most out of it....and with the majority of the top end stuff you need pro gear. not to mention a certain amount of tech knowledge to be able to set it up properly!
And with these type of "consumers" you cannot possibly justify a VP or a SDI player! (Let alone a CRT projector....because it has "three bulbs" and they are old "obsolete" technology!!! (...not to mention the size and the setup! Morons really! I don't even try to explain anymore!)
Like Nashoo was saying...most folks have never seen a proper image/PQ...so they are happy with their plasma/lcd that crush colors and have no detail.(..not to mention 3 dimentionality!)
Once you get one of these beasts setup properly... chances are you will not even gonna enjoy even the Pj in your local theater!
...nothing comes close to the PQ that I get out of a M9500 to my 12 feet screen!
Most people after seeing my theater trip when I tell then that the PJ was made in 96!
The usual stuff that I hear before they watch a movie with me is: "Dude you need to upgrade to a XY and Z digital...how retro is that 3 bulb projector...how could you watch a Bluray on that thing?"
....suffice to say they usually ask me for more info once they see it in action!
Just do some reading and then go see someone else's CRT and see for yourself!
Here is a couple of pics of a Panasonic 50 inch CRT that was left on my street last night. (I took off the chassis and brought it home! I change a 25 cent resistor on the power supply and it now runs!
...the tubes are in very decent shape too for a chassis this old I would have expected them to be toast, but they don't even have visible wear!!!...makes me wonder how long this tv was just sitting in someones garage before the wife convinced the husband to through it out on my street non the less! hey must have know that I love these things!!!
...at this point I am just gonna play with it and probably give it to a family member once I figure out how to switch the picture on it for front projection!!! ...too bad these don't have the dips like the marquees!
I am sure my nieces/nephews will enjoy watching a big screen movie/or a game in the yard!
BTW: this is the 6th or 7th chassis that I am resurrecting! oh and those are dead bugs in the lenses that I have not taken out yet!)