Originally Posted by Frank F
CRT is on it's death bed and about to flat line. IT served it's purpose well but if you think it is viable for the future forget about it.
I agree with the first part of your statement, but not the second. Yes CRT RPTVs are obviously being phased out, but properly calibrated and viewed/treated/cared for in a videophile manner, will produce a gangbusters HD picture for you for years and years to come. This picture, properly calibrated, can be watched from far closer than most fixed pixel formats, viewing distance vs. size, delivering a far BIGGER picture to watch and actually groove to, relatively speaking, than most of the fixed pixel out there.
SXRD is also subject to misalignment, as is all 3 panel fixed pixel. Anyone buying one should observe it immediately OOB for any misalignment of the 3 panels, and take action accordingly if observed. I have seen more misalignment than I would ever allow on a CRT on Runco fixed pixel sets. Sony will probably maintain their high standard of quality control like they always have, but I saw a triple panel JVC LCOS that floored me with how absurdly OFF the red and green were from each other, even at a sizable distance! It was laughable!
I got rid of my CRT Hitachi back in April and replaced it with the sony sxrd. The Sony picture is miles better without calibration. Everyone who sees the picture agrees.
Was your Hit ever COMPLETELY calibrated? And I don't mean just an ISF cal, which technically is only grayscale, colorations and recentering of user settings, but also color decoder realignment and the absolutely and critically essential image structure concerns such as optics cleaning, geometry linearizing, dead-on nailed focusing of all 3 colors separately and high precision convergence, NONE of which is taught at the ISF course?
If not, it's apples and oranges, not apples and apples. Your SXRD set may not need that image structure realignment that CRT requires, but at the price of CRT RPTVs right now, even throwing in initial calibrations when new and recleaning every year and retrimming every few years, it's still the deal of the century.
But don't be swayed by the nasayers.. Just like 2 channel Stereo, vinyl records and tube amps there will be a small group that will never acknowledge their death. For the majority I would look at anything but CRTs unless you want a CRT direct view for the bedroom.
A properly treated CRT RPTV has a totally effective lifespan of between 10-15 years, delivering better than new performance at all times.
Yes it's being phased out, but those who get one while they still can, can enjoy it for years and years to come, properly treated. And get that BIG picture as well.
Remember, even digital sound is analog at its final stages, requiring D/A conversion just like DVDPs do. So is digital video played on analog devices. Component is still excellent on analog devices like CRT, performing better than digital modes like DVI/HDMI on analog CRT devices.
Yes there will be considerations when everything that contains 1080i is digital, but hopefully that won't happen any time soon, and if it does there will be transcoders made, to convert digital back to component/RGB for us diehards.
The new HD DVD/Blu-ray DVDPs are allowing any discs without special tagging to be played in 1080i on component. At present, no discs are out that are denying component OP of 1080i, tho it is also available in DVI/HDMI. The tagging on the discs themselves, not the players, will determine whether we will continue to get 1080i HD discs playable on component/RGB on our sets.
But that's only considering HD on discs, which we've never even had before. It's just barely coming to availability for us right now, as we speak.
Till then, all HD that comes from satellite, cable and OTA is presently playable via component OP on their STBs, which is the next best thing to RGB, and second only, to it.
As long as it stays that way, making HD available via component OP, I'll be happy.