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post #1 of 7 Old 05-30-2011, 02:49 AM - Thread Starter
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Already have 2 crt's in my bed room for retro gaming but i want to buy another one just in case one of mine decides to die out.Checked out goodwill and one other thrift store in the area and neither have any crt tv's.Are there any reliab;e sites that still sell used or new crt tv's?

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Unfortunately, you'll be hard-pressed to find any new CRT TVs except in places like India, Afghanistan, China, etc. Most retail stores finished phasing out new CRT sales about two years ago.

As far as used go, you could always check the local mom-and-pop thrift stores. Or you could score a better deal by checking Craigslist in your area. If you live in a large urban area, there are most likely several CRT TVs listed in your area under the "Free" section every day in your area.

But if quality and video fidelity is what you're looking for, get your hands on a professional video monitor like I did. Unless you get lucky, chances are you won't find one in good condition for under $50 unless you run into someone who doesn't know what they're selling. Sony's BVM line of Trinitrons is the gold standard, and most of their PVM line is pretty good too. For these you'll usually need a BNC-to-RCA adapter for composite video and of course a demodulator/tuner of some sort for game consoles that only output RF.

edit: Notice I didn't mention any websites. That's because you'll end up spending more on shipping costs than you would spend on picking up a CRT locally!
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New ones are out there. We found 6 Dell CRT monitors at work the other day, new in box. I'm rocking one out.
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I bought a brand new in box 17" Sony Trinitron monitor off ebay a few years ago. Paid like 50 bucks for it but it was worth it to me. Amazing picture on it. Made in February 2001.
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craigslist has dirt cheap crt's. try there. If you live near north east ohio you can have my 21 inch 4:3 viewsonic monitor for 20 bucks. Nothing wrong with it at all it just sits in my closet as i have a 2560x1600 30 inch dell u3011 IPS LCD professional monitor and I only paid 250 dollars for it out of a pawn shop. Scored a 1200 dollar monitor for peanuts. the dell 30 inch IPS LCD has incredible detail and color accuracy and is a favorite of many professional graphics artists that do color critical work and 2560x1600 resolution gives you such an expansive desktop work area.
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craigslist has dirt cheap crt's. try there. If you live near north east ohio you can have my 21 inch 4:3 viewsonic monitor for 20 bucks. Nothing wrong with it at all it just sits in my closet as i have a 2560x1600 30 inch dell u3011 IPS LCD professional monitor and I only paid 250 dollars for it out of a pawn shop. Scored a 1200 dollar monitor for peanuts. the dell 30 inch IPS LCD has incredible detail and color accuracy and is a favorite of many professional graphics artists that do color critical work and 2560x1600 resolution gives you such an expansive desktop work area.

Yeah, Craigslist is often your best bet. A few months ago, someone in my area had a Sony GDM-FW900 (considered by many to be the best consumer-market monitor ever made) in excellent condition for sale for $50. Of course it was just my luck I was out of town at the time! I've occasionally seen FW900s on Craigslist go for even cheaper.
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I found a Sony PVM 20" for sale at used medical supply warehouse. I paid 50 bucks, it seems many of the people selling these kinds of monitors don't realize that these things have value outside of the medical industry. Actually, these things have very little value in the medical industry, now that most hospitals use flat panels for endoscopy.

So yeah, I would see if you have anything like that in your area (I did an ebay search for "trinitron", with parameters set to only show sellers within 200 miles).

These monitors really are about as good as they get for retro consoles. Super Metroid looked amazing through s-video.
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