I've had a CRT projector from 2000 to January 2013. First Barco 800, then a NEC XG for a short while, then a Zenith 1200 (Barco Cine 8 Onyx - limited edition - a higher end 8" LC unit with EM focussing but somewhat soft lenses since it has only 1 focus ring per lens).
Since January 2013 I've had a JVC RS56 and now have put 500 hours on it.
There's really nothing at all I miss about CRT. Nothing at all. This RS56 is considerably better than my Zenith 1200 in all regards, all except for extended fade to black. That said, the blacks on this RS56 are extremely good. The difference isn't something that anyone is going to notice or care about.
After 500 hours of watching real content on the RS56 (and a bunch of test material too) there isn't one time where I thought "this would look better with a lower black level".
Quite the opposite actually: I spent many nights going through my collection rewatching stuff I had seen dozens of times and every single time I thought to myself "wow - the RS56 is better". Sometimes it was close, but usually not. The RS56 has more detail, more image pop, more depth. I see no problems with motion control as is the issue with some digitals.
I find the CRT black level argument a bit of a fallacy / false argument since it's a combination of factors that makes a picture great, not one quality. Yes, if you sit and watch a 0 IRE field then a properly calibrated CRT can have a lower black level than a properly calibrated digital, but that's not what we watch.
I was concerned that the digital would suffer near black, that I'd have washed out details but the opposite was true. I prefer my RS56. I have not however seen something like a properly stacked G90.
I have absolutely no interest in going back to CRT and I'm saying that purely from a image quality standpoint and am completely ignoring factors like easy of setup, size, ventilation requirements, noise (as all those can be worked out with CRT). I'm all for doing a bunch of extra work to get a marginal improvement to image quality but you won't see me going back to CRT even if a CRT wasn't more work to setup, harder to install (due to size/weight), and so forth.
I gave my initial thoughts here too for those looking to jump from CRT to digital as terminology and installation is a bit different and I read to "relearn" some things:
KalEdited by kal - 5/15/13 at 10:22am