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I've worked in production for over 10 years. I usually act as the post-supervisor these days.
Sony's BVM line of broadcast monitors is the pinnacle of the CRT for many reasons:
- highest resolutions of any CRT's of their respective sizes - for example the BVM D and A line of flat 16:9 multi-format displays are 1000 line tubes
- SMPTE C phosphors guarantee proper reference color rendering over the life of the tube
- greatest input flexibility due to the complete customization of your input card selection
- the D and A lines are multi-format: NTSC, PAL, 480i, 525i, 720p60, 720p50, 1080psf24, 1080i60, 1080i50, 1035i60, 1035i50
- BVM monitors can auto-calibrate to SMPTE bars, and can be calibrated by calibration probes
- BVM monitors have higher tolerances and levels of accuracy for convergence and geometry
- guaranteed uniform white balance across the entire CRT
- BVM D and A series monitors are Grade 1 mastering monitors - they are considered reference monitors for perfect color, black levels and brightness
The 32 and 24 inch models have flat 16:9 CRT's. 20, 14, and 9 inch models are 4:3 CRTs, capable of 16:9. You can attach 16:9 masks to mask off the top and bottom of the display tubes.
Most displays except input cards for composite, S-Video, RGB/component, SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and DV. You can get HDMI to HD-SDI or HDMI to component converters if you need to get HDMI based signals into these displays.
If you are willing to buy one used, you can get fantastic deals on these on eBay. However, you need to spend the time to properly calibrate these displays or else you will not get the proper picture out of them that you can.
Also, since these are reference displays, they are not made to have "punchy" hyped images. You can add more saturation, brightness and contrast to the monitors, but the purpose of having a BVM display is getting as natural and pure an image as possible.
If you don't want a CRT, and need HDMI/DVI based inputs, the new Trimaster BVM-L series is Sony's CRT replacement. They are OLED and LED based. I can personally attest to the quality of these displays - they are truly the only current technology that properly matches the performance of a CRT in every way. They range from $8000 (PVM Trimaster line) to over $25,000, but frankly you get what you pay for.