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Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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CRT is DEAD for MOST, who have rooms with lights on or lotsa sunlight coming in, installers who luv the ease of digital projectors, and cause CRT maintenance is indeed all too often a real challenge and time consuming.
And of course some digital projectors may allow a wider screen that the best CRT.
On the other hand, my 7" Dwin CRT is in a dedicated, no light/light controlled room with stable temperature 76 to 80 degrees all year long. I rarely need to do touch up convergence, my projector is rock stable.
And CRT turns off the lights like no digital projector can - I cannot live without the fantastic black level. Now I've really tweaked this sucker and kept the picture only 80" wide to get a great and accurate, ECP color filtered lens picture.
Tim's done a great service by refurbishing Electrohome 9" CRTs at relatively affordable prices - and now with Mike Parker board tweaks, and add competent ISFing - and if you have a dedicated light controlled room and keep the picture the proper size, WOW! What a picture. (WOOPS! GOTTA get some $$$$, donations anyone, so Tim will quit nagging me to put in a Electrohome 9" of course tweaked with the Mike Parker mods).
The local newspaper the other day noted that local Motorola is working on carbon fiber nonotube CRT displays that may be one inch thick, that's right, CRTs, for 50 to 80" wide screens at real affordable prices say in about four years. Wouldn't that be wonderful - if they are CRTs like what Tim does now, where the color can be accurate and a chip totally turned off for complete black level??? Could be the RISE of the PHOENIX, the CRT taking over again in a few years. Meanwhile, those of us with the perfectionist video attitude still live for CRT projectors and thanks to Tim for helping so many of us. (And meanwhile, QQQ will continue to sell and install digital projectors - and frankly, if I was in the business, that's what I would do. Not cause they're the best, but they are the most practical and economical in most applications.