Originally Posted by dcorban
The plasma also has image retention, dithering, buzzing, fixed resolution, phosphor lag, and potential burn-in.
The only issue I personally have with CRT is the geometry. People always bring up "size" or "weight" or even "power consumption". This is meaningless. The size and weight of the set is inconsequential, since you place it somewhere and don't move it. The screen size of a 32" or 36" is fine. It wasn't until 16x9 became ubiquitous that tubes couldn't keep up in size. Power consumption is not a concern, not when you have two dozen other devices in your house constantly drawing standby power for trivial purposes.
CRTs were just too much of a hassle for the manufacturers, not consumers. The fact that CRTs were pushed out of market by vastly inferior LCD panels shows us the truth. Most consumers fell for the marketing or just didn't care, and manufacturers benefitted from it.
Crt's buzz and show color breakup as well, they are also susceptible to burn in though I don't think it was as big a problem as it was with early plasmas. Modern plasmas are much more risilient to burn in, to the point where it isn't a problem anymore for most situations.
The fixed resolution of plasmas an lcds is higher than most crt's. Interlacing was implemented to achieve a high resolution on many crt's but it only effects vertical resolution, very few consumer direct view crt hdtvs are capable of more than 1000x1080i with the high end Sony's reaching up to around 1400x1080i and the majority of other brands hitting 800-1000x1080i
Interlaced resolutions are also slightly softer to help mitigate the percieved flickering when viewing fine lines.
My personal gripes with crt hdtv's are upkeep regarding convergence and geometry, a softer image usually due to a lower resolution and the pixel structure, usually a lower static or ansi contrast ratio (most noticeable in scenes with equal light and dark portions), a slight risk of implosion and the not yet fully understood effects of electromagnetic radiation, and the aforementioned size and weight (has more signifigance when you have to move your 240lb tv rather than having it delivered).
I have to agree that nothing was better about lcds when they first hit other than power draw. If i remember correctly lcds first arrived in the form of rear projection tv's which were themselves bulky and subject to lower static contrast and other flaws inherent to rear projection.
Originally Posted by whiskeycat
I agree let's keep our CRT Tv's...I used to work in a tv repair shop and I can tell you it's much easier and cheaper to fix an old CRT tv.
I have a Toshbia CRT with a convertor box hooked up to it and the picture is really amazing...I've seen Vizio LCD tv's that were only 1 year old coming into the shop for repair. LCD tv's don't last very long and they can be expensive to fix.
I'm not saying we shouldn't buy an LCD tv but it dosen't make sense to throw out our CRT sets if they are still working. I plan to have an LCD in the front room and keep my CRT set in the bedroom. It's not a bad idea to buy an extended warranty on these new sets to protect yourself if you do have a problem.
Better Brands usually equal better reliability, Vizio is a budget brand.Edited by Mik James - 8/27/12 at 8:00am