Originally Posted by tgm1024
I shudder at the weight of CRTs, but regarding the technology itself, I cut the era an enormous amount of slack.
Whether or not there was an NTSC stamp on it at any given time, given the nut they were trying to crack (transitioning from B&W, making that upward compatible(!), "fitting" it all with choma-subsampling, and doing it all in the analog domain(!!!!!)
), I have the same reaction to busting on them as I do when people used to bust on the old phone system: I think we forget how big an accomplishment it really was and how hindsight adds ridicule.
I'm not saying you're doing that per se, but frankly as an engineer, I'm absolutely amazed
it went as well as it did.
I grew up with black white as a youngster anyway . We we got our first color set in late 1962 a monster Curtis Mathes 21" roundie Combo I was 10 at the time it had an RCA CTC 12 chassis
it was fiddly there wasn't a lot of color on till the ~ mid 60's
I really enjoyed the Sony CRT sets I had for many years, before that I had a ~ 1979 or 1980 Magnavox
It went through a CRT and digital tuner then the HV module went bezerk and arc welded through the CRT neck not the best set I ever had . Before that I had an early 70's RCA lot more reliable than the Magnavox but the Maggie had a better picture I think it had a Sylvania striped phosphor CRT in it .
I remember the transition B/W to color was a big deal. and akll th younsters wanted to see the wonderful worl of Disney and Bonanza in color.
I also had a 19" Toshiba CRT ser for about 12 yrs without any problems thats why one of my new sets this year is a Toshiba . aside from the good picture . Interesting prospective from an engineers standpoint you have there sems like you are well informed .
I know RCA and others worked long and hard on compatible color TV and others worked on CBS system . here are some good You Tube low res historical video links
The History channel (Modern Marvels I think had a good episode on TV history from the Baird mechanical /Farnsworth electronic systems up to modern times that was amazing .Farsworth was drawing pictures of an electronic I guess CRT tube of some sort while in high school.
It used to be on Netflix I had it permanently in my list but it seems to be gone and not on Netflix or Y tube anyway here are the links for the RCA
propaganda and other historical TV documentary. I remember growing up and RCA was everywhere .They had a remarkable history as well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=U4hPX_PLC-oEdited by tubetwister - 9/12/13 at 12:53am