Originally Posted by Owen
I spent 8 hours watching 1080 content on a 60 Sony SXRD XBR2 via my HTPC at a friend's house. 30 minutes after that I was watching the same content from the same HTPC on my 57 Hitachi CRT RPTV. The Hitachi looked just as sharp and clear as the Sony and it has better blacks.
I have put a lot of time into modifying and calibrating my Hitachi to the point where it easily competes with any micro display or Plasma of similar size.
Having said that, I am about to buy a 70 SXRD for the extra size, but I will have to modify it to get acceptable blacks and more reasonable light output for a dim viewing environment.
The Panasonic 65 1080p plasma was rejected on the grounds of poor blacks.
I hope I won't regret the move to digital, as I have been waiting years for digital displays to become competitive with a really good CRT RPTV.
You might want to check around and try and find a used 73" Mit CRT with 9" guns. Even bigger than the 70" you have in mind!
I just scored one from Tweeter, brand new. Doubtless there are owners out there dumping them, in favor of the newer, brighter, simpler fixed pixel sets.
If you buy used CRT of ANY size, always take a pure white pattern over there with you, to check for screenburn first, before buying. Doesn't matter what scanrate or format.