I was looking to get a replacement CRT and was debating a few issues: HD vs. Analogue, among other things. Here are the TV's I have come up with and I have read a lot on this. Please don't suggest any Sony or RCA's, I am sure the XBR960 is a great TV but often costs more than the Loewe and I want a TV that's made in the USA, Germany or Denmark as the Loewe and B&O were. These TV's often come up on Craigslist for the $100-$300 range.
Loewe Aconda - 32" vs. 38"? From what I read the 32 had a better picture but could not accept 1080i through Component where the 38" had no problem with that? I love the Piano Black (although it can be a bit distracting maybe when watching the picture.
B&O Beovision 32 Avant - I have heard good things about this TV and that the picture qualit is even better than the Aconda, but it is only 480p maximum... So it is Analogue. I don't think that B&O produced any TV's that were HD CRTs?
Loewe Planus (No HD and not that aesthetically pleasing) as well as any other Loewe's I may find that are CRTs?
So my battle is between getting a Loewe that has 1080i or getting a B&O that has only 480P. As I mentioned some people claim that the Beovision Avant still has a much better image even at 480p than the Aconda at 1080i. That's on top of the B&O being more reliable and less calibration needed from what I have heard.. I don't have the luxury or time of seeing either of them in person.
If I choose the Loewe, I wanted to get peoples opinions on how well it upscales. I don't watch my television (except the occasional Xfinity on demand movie) and would want to see how it looks at 720P/1080i via Component Video input from Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray as compared to an Avant with 480P via the same component video input from the same sources.