Originally Posted by Floydage
But then there was your Panny TV which I think you got for free; a 54 vs my 50. Still working on the Sony TV though, a 34" 960N would be sweet even if a small amount of money has to exchange hands.
Well in my friend's case it's because the VCR is 'S' VHS which were pretty pricey at the time; it's the same psychological thing as some of these CRTs folks paid 5 grand for. The Toshiba thing could be because there's not as many for sale so when these folks look to see what they're 'priced' at to set their price there's not much data (and with not much data they also revert to the psycho thing). I keyword search for Sony, Toshiba, and more recently Panasonic and the Toshiba list is rather small (both Toshiba and Panny are almost non-existent on the widescreen HD CRTs). I did recently see similar year model Toshiba and Panny 34"ers both for $75 each, I think the Panny was like yours (both HDMI but no HD tuner). I would think Sony made the best sets; still seems that way based on new model pricing.
More tinkering: Acquired a Dell Trinitron P1110 21" workstation monitor for free but it has a 'too bright' problem. I might have been tricked, seemed like a nice guy but when I showed up he said it just started doing that when he cleaned the front and hit some buttons. OK though because he threw in a nice Dell 19" monitor that looked great. Nice of him to have them hooked up and cleaned up for a CL freebie though.
Anyhow I couldn't get the P1110 to snap out of it and after doing some 'net searching they have a common brightness problem with age. I performed a simple resistor mod and so far so good, still need to do some refocusing and such. There are other solutions as the thread started in 2003 but I don't have time to read all 49 pages
. I went with the mod I saw at the beginning and some were still doing recently. There was a software mod but it required buying parts to build an RS232 interface board,, buying special cables, going through pages of scripting stuff, and warnings of corrupting memory tables; I suspect they were paranoid to change a resistor that directly feeds to the CRT gun/HV.
(I'm obviously a HW guy).
You are way beyond me, sir. I am a tinkerer but just an uneducated self-taught one: the first thing I did with my first radio when I was a little kid was to take it apart to see what was inside and how it worked. I have fixed many electronic devices and even soldered a few things but if the problem is not obvious and visible with the naked eye then I am done.
So I pulled the trigger on a rare opportunity and as usual I am smiling like the Cheshire cat. On craigslist I found a used Zenith HDV420 HDTV tuner for $75. Now I am a cheap-ass and I did pause but finally caved and made the buy. I am so glad I did! Hooked to my free Sony KV-30HS420 via component inputs the PQ is stunning. I have it set to 1080i output. The tuner sensitivity seems comparable to my CM-7000 and DTT-901. The only con is that changing channels takes about a second longer than with the CECB units. Doesn't bother me in the slightest.
So it is possible to score these units but man I had to look long and hard to finally find one available for a price that wouldn't require a second mortgage. The sad thing is that I am willing to bet that a fair percentage of them ended up in America's landfills. Oh, one thing that surprised me is the size of the HDV420 - it is huge! It looks like an old school audio component. Big and metal with lots of ventilation, so hopefully has a lot more life left in it.
Now my converter box shortage is resolved - I will connect the CM-7000 to my free Sony KV-27FS120 via S-video with an S-video split to my DVD recorder, leave one DTT-901 connected to my free Panasonic Tau CT-34WX54 (which as bragged about ad-nauseum by me provides the best composite PQ I have ever seen), and take my remaining DTT-901 back to my office so I can watch the morning news on an old Sony KV-27V10 that was handed down to me years ago and served as our main TV for nearly a decade.
Oh yes, the divine hand of contrariness slapped me up side the head right after I posted about never seeing a Toshiba TV in the free section of craigslist. A few hours later, and there it was!
In my defense I must say it was an ancient 19" from the nineties, but nonetheless, I stand corrected.
The beauty of OTA HDTV on good old CRT technology makes me even more glad that I made the effort to acquire these sets and get them running in all their glory.