Originally Posted by raptorjb007
Hello, I've had the CT-30wx15 for about a month now. Here are my observations on this model, as well as my answer to some of the statements made in this post.
This is a very good TV by any standards for its size and price. Its much better than any fixed pixel display, and in my experiance can really only be compared to the sony 955 series.
Now, the basic OSD options are pretty decent, you have the basic picture controls which I wont bother explaining. The more advanced features include Color Temp
which is common to sets these days, Natural Color
which for the life of me make little to no difference I just leave it on in good faith that it does. Video NR
which claims to reduce noise which I can notice its subtle effect. VM(Velocity Modulation)
which gets rid of the fuzz around edges and is quite effective, this feature is a must. MPEG NR
claims to reduce noise like Video NR
does exept this time it refers to digital compression noise(blockiness), I could barely notice the effect of VideoNR and the MPEGNR effect is even less drastic due to the sparseness of that compression effect when compared to analog noise, I leave it on in good faith. The Color matrix
option can be set to SD/HD, basically HD is brighter than SD, this feature can only be used in 480p mode. Finally the 3D Y/C Filter
is only availble through a coax or regual RCA connection, makes the picture slightly clearer and better looking, but like most of these options exept VM the effect is minor. All in all, when all these features are enabled, the image looks noticably, the effect is cumilative.
Next is the sound, which this set provides decent built in speakers for its size. The OSD controls provide the basics, treb, bass, balance. However we do have a few more advanced sound options. AI SOUND
, basically this normalizes the entire sound spectum so that nothing is to loud or soft, however I feel this deadens the sound and reins immersion, sounds to flat, meaning subtle sounds are loud and loud sounds get lower. BBE
is a feture I recommend leaving on, not sure what it does exactly but it does enhance the sound you get from the sets speakers. Surround
is a feature that you have to decide for yourself wheather you like it or not, it is supposed to give your sound better spatial seperation(ie the name surround), but some do not like this sound enhancement. You can also control where the sound is routed, inset speakers or audio out.
The other relevant OSD options are Image shift, which will slightly move the screen around to prevent burn-in, in my opinion unneccesary feature on a crt but I leave it on anyway and have yet to notice this shifting so it cant hurt. Tilt control which is a very welcome adjustment. Lastly we have Geomagnetic adjustment which is meant to adjust for your personal magnetic feild in your room. All I notice is it takes away any discoloration you may have in the corners of your set. You can also adjust the aspect ratio on 480i inputs, 4:3 to prevent stretching of regualr TV signals(but has those black barson side), FULL, which stretches the 4:3 image to fill the screen(short fat faces), ZOOM which is a useless mode as far as I am concerned, this mode is like the oposite of 4:3 mode in that instead of zooming out until the Top and bottom of the image line up with the tv it instead zooms in until the horizontal sides of the image match the TV, basically cutting out the top and bottom of the image, not distortion in this mode however. Finally we have the most welcome setting for this type of TV...the almighty JUST mode(panoramic in other brands), this mode keep the center of the screen distortion free while stretching the sides to fill the rest of the screen, this mode works quite well and is the prefered mode for non-widescreen sources.
Next we discuss the shell, the look, the outside of the tube, in otherwords, how good does the TV itself look. The 30" tv is grey on the sides and bottom with a black area around the screen itself(this actually help the image look better). This sucker looks nice and flat from the front, however I do not like the concaveness of the frontal profile albiet small, it takes away from the flatness of the screen, basically counter productive but not that important. This thing is heavy at 125 pounds, and has a decent sized ass. However its size is manageable and if your used to CRT's you might even think its quite shallow in the back. The 26" version is just ugly, but its smaller, and the 34" is just bigger.
Out of the box the picture is good, most normal people would be satisfied. However I am never satisfied, and I wanted to see the entire image, no evil overscan. So what did I do, I went into Service Mode of coarse. Here you can find your basic CRT adjustments just like a PC monitor. However the most important ones are the easy ones to see the effect. Mainly I needed to adjust Horizontal and Vertical position and size. So what I did was reduce the width and height until i could see black bars on both the top and bottom. The first thing that becomes apparent when you do this is any geometry issues you might have due to the black background againt your bright image. These to are adjustabe in the SM, however you can only do so much, basically you get the geometry as good as you can via the various adjustments and coverup the rest when you readjust the height and width to fill the screen. So I cenetered the screen then resized it, I noticed I gained about a half inch of picture on all sides, guessing from the looks of the alignment of the screen layouts, most broadcasters dont expect you to see this extra image space and that makes me feel naughty in a good way. Just realize that you have to adjust you TV like this for each input rez and to some extent each aspect mode. I adjusted it for the 3 modes I use most. 480i Just, 480p, and 1080i.
This TV has everything you need for this size HDTV at a price that cannot be matched. Not even the infamous sony 955 must bow down to this models price:benifit ratio. The set does not accept 760p inputs, but no CRT's display this nativly anyway and most deviced can and will do the convertion to 1080i for you, for this reason I do not factor that into my final opinion. As for the rumor I hear some people complain about ghosting, the only artifact that comes close to that discription is what I see when watching SD signals. I see some digital compression artifacts around edges/objects in plain backgrounds. Similar to what you see when watching AVi's or mpegs on your computer but the effect is only noticable if your looking for it. I am not sure weather this is caused by the TV upconverting and stretching the signal or my provider compressing the image somewhere(which is becomeing quite common as they recieve their signal via satilite).
Now I will rate this TV for each catagory.
Overall: 8.5 (not an average)