Thanks for giving me your perspective, I honestly thought nobody would give a hoot about what a gamer is going to say, lol.
What I really like about the CRTs is they are very trustworthy and reliable. Take plasmas for example. The 15 series from Panasonic had the dreaded rising/floating black. The 20 series improved on the floating black, but the rising black was still there. The 30 series had green blobs and pink tint issues. The later manufactured GT30 also had dithering noise issues. To add to the further injury, D-Nice is now saying the VT30, which is supposedly free of the 'rising black' has doubled the black level after a year. The 50 series, we were painfully observing Panny's manufacturing reliability slip, line bleeding was getting more frequent. I ruled out the UT50 because of this issue. Now the jury is out with the 60 series where the calibrators say they have similiar calibration issues as the VT30. Samsung, they have had the world famous buzzing for quite a long time. The D series suffered from horizontal line bleeding issue and brightness pop, the E series improved but had lower brightness cap, and the F8500 now has bandings. LG plasmas are famous for IR and PWM noise, but really, I did not see any IR from an LG plasma TV I've tried. LCDs are even worse. Larger size LCDs suffer from banding issues, and Samsung LCDs always has that crappy undefeatable auto dimming. I'm not even getting my hopes up for the OLEDs yet. They will also go through reliability pains and number one issue right now is burn in. Our 27 inch RCA CRT television has performed without ANY issues for over 14 years and it really pained me when I had to dump a perfectly working TV just to save on space. I went throught various CRT monitors as well and aside from a Samsung monitor that had its power supply busted, all of them were working fine when I dumped them. Now I only have a 24 inch FW900 I bought in 2005 and 20 inch Sony BVM that's over 90,000 hours and both are still operating like champs. Am I going to have an expectation that any flat panels that I buy today will still be operating after a decade? Probably not.
"what was wrong with CRT again? it was heavy and bulky. can somebody state something that was absolutely brutal with the PQ so I can sleep at night? I honestly just didn't pay as much attention back then so I don't know what i'm missing, but I was always happy with the CRT's we had, I've yet to be happy with a plasma or LCD."
I'm not an expert, but I can give you a general idea. The reason why we both like CRTs is because of their massive on-off contrast ratio. High end CRTs like Sony XBR960 and Sony BVM can have a hair better black than a Kuro, yet their concentrated phosphor brightness on strobe is much brighter than even the LCDs.
Mark has a very good explanation of how that can happen, but basically, CRTs operate on rapidly moving strobes, unlike LCDs and Plasmas that illuminate whole screen basically simultaneously. LCDs have higher combined light output than CRTs, but because this strobing, our eyes is tricked thinking CRTs are more dynamic. Also, when CRTs use strobing, the entire area other than the strobe itself remains black. (Remember, CRTs and plasmas are impulse based, they clear and reset the picture constantly, unlike sample and hold based LCDs. This is why CRTs and plasmas have little to no motion blur, but because of that, they're also much harder than the LCDs to photograph) Imagine a local dimming LCDs where there are 480 horizontal zones, but only single horizontal dimming zone can be illuminated at a time. That's the CRT's best weapon, having a huge contrast ratio between a pitch black unilluminated area and a fast moving strobe where the concentrated light output is extremely high. Kind of cheating, but at least it works and doesn't feel gimmicky. As I mentioned earlier, CRT's biggest weakness is mediocre ANSI contrast ratio compared to plasmas and LCDs, that's why CRTs can never give a pop that LCDs and plasmas can, but because the strobing is so fast, they can make best use of whatever ANSI contrast ratio they're given. CRTs work best on contents where there is a procedural sudden change from black to brightness and this kind of dynamic behaviour is akin to Samsung LCD's auto-dimming and plasma's brightness pop, only done right. When a content goes from dark to bright, my BVM can quickly dynamically brighten the picture, giving me excitement. Not so from Samsung F8500, where the movement is rather flat in comparison.