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Best CRT for Wii gaming?

post #1 of 9
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Hello, I am searching for the best CRT available for playing the Wii.

It must have:
1) Zero input lag
2) Native 480p support
3) Flat screen
4) Excellent motion handling and picture quality

Optional:
Native Widescreen 16x9

I've heard the Sony FD Trinitron KD-34XBR960 is the highest standard for Wii gaming, but I always find them too far away from Ohio and thus have ridiculous shipping costs (I believe UPS gave me a quote of $750 from California to Ohio).

I bought official Nintendo component cables for my Wii, allowing the Wii's maximum output resolution of 480p. So, I need a CRT with component cable inputs. I also need a CRT with zero input lag. This is a must because I play games competitively online and speedrun, so zero input lag is mandatory. Something I'd like but is not mandatory is native 16x9 widescreen and a flat screen.



Thank you.
post #2 of 9
You wont find many (any?) 480p native CRTs anymore. That's EDTV resolution, and once HDTVs hit the marketplace it was largely abandoned. That Sony 960 is a 1080i HDTV and will upconvert a 480p signal to 1080i. I think 480p CRTs existed once, 20 years ago.
post #3 of 9
The difference between 480i and 480p is negligible on a CRT as a CRT can display interlaced sources properly without conversion. That's the beauty of CRT tubes and rear projectors: they're not fixed pixel displays and can display a source in it's native format without needing to scale, de-interlace or otherwise resize the image.

CRT tubes are needlessly bulky for being as small as they are and if you go flat screen and/or widescreen the weight to screen size ratio is going to be that much worse! I still have an old 27" toshiba cinema series (standard def) tube that I keep around for classic games and Wii looks great on it but not to the point that I wouldn't just want to play it on one of my HDTVs. Standard def tubes are much cheaper (and lighter) and easier to find as just about everyone had one. I really don't think you're going to notice much improvement with an HD CRT tube. Of course, you could always go CRT rear projection! All the benefit of a CRT tube with a more modern screen size.

Personally, I'd rather just dedicate an inexpensive 42" 720p to the endeavor and call it quits. Panasonic plasmas have ~16ms of lag which is practically non-existent. You may even be able to find a used EDTV plasma (480p) for a decent price but you're still fixed pixel so there's really no reason not to stick with a 720p as the PQ will undoubtably be better on the newer display and you can use it for things other than Wii.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by G-Bull View Post

You wont find many (any?) 480p native CRTs anymore. That's EDTV resolution, and once HDTVs hit the marketplace it was largely abandoned. That Sony 960 is a 1080i HDTV and will upconvert a 480p signal to 1080i. I think 480p CRTs existed once, 20 years ago.

The Sony will display what it's fed in it's native format, so:

480i in, 480i out
480p in, 480p out
1080i in, 1080i out
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post #6 of 9
I got mine off Craigslist, 40 min drive to get it
post #7 of 9
The XBR960 is arguably the finest CRT even made, but I'm not shocked at all by those delivery quotes. This thing weighs a ton. You need 2-3 people to move it.
post #8 of 9
that's some serious Wii gamer
post #9 of 9
I had a huge, Sony 32" Trinitron that had hd inputs. The thing took 4 people to move but it was amazing for Wii and Xbox gaming. I found it for $100 at a church garage sale, had to leave it in the last move because it was just too heavy. If I remember correct I think they also made a 40" version. The best gaming tv I've ever owned.
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