Originally Posted by aud19
Flaws.....? You mean, by far, the best PQ available to date.....? I love how people think because CRT's are old and "cheap" they must be bad :rolleyes: And even still, plasma's are at least as, if not more flawed in PQ than a quality, calibrated CRT other than cabinet size.
Only with MAJOR work... CRT's can produce amazing results. Less than 1% of the people that own 'em will ever see such results (yes, even among those that get ISF calibration done). Ever see detail on what it takes to properly calibrate a CRT RPTV? It's not just going into some service menu and adjusting levels. At best, one has to crack open the set, adjust the magnetic and electrostatic focus on each CRT (which is a compromise, perfect focus across the screen CANNOT be achieved due to the short optical path in an RPTV), perform meticulous convergence adjustments (which are impossible without proper focus), etc. Sometimes more extensive mods are necessary. Mitsubishis require a PCB level mod to reduce ringing as well as a firmware mod to reduce overscan.
The major benefit to microdisplays and plasmas is that it's MUCH EASIER to get the best out of them and they are much better out of the box than CRT RPTVs. They also do some things better than a CRT can. IMO each technology has it's advantages, but new display technologies allow more people to see better quality WITHOUT labor/time/cost intensive calibration. Benefits are still very apparent once calibration has been done but it's no longer necessary to achieve even a watchable picture. That can't be said for most CRT RPTVs.