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Question about Sony CRT monitors

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I'm looking into picking up a CRT monitor and would love to get my hands a Sony GDM-FW900, unfortunately the only 3 on eBay are local pickup only and too far away. I did however find a similar monitor and wondered if it's worth it. I know I can't link to the eBay auction but it's a Sony GDM-FW9012, OEM HP, reconditioned B-Grade.

From what I can tell it's the same monitor only manufactured by HP but I wanted to see if anyone here knew anything more about it. I'm also a little concerned about the B-Grade thing, not positive what that means but I hear it commonly associated with equipment prone to breaking down. With shipping it's gonna cost me $300, think it's worth it?

O and a couple more questions.

1: Does anyone know if these will accept a Y Pb Pr signal through the VGA port? I may decide to hook my PS3 up to it if I decide to go home for a weekend and don't feel like dragging the 37" LCD home. If they won't that means I'll have to grab an HD Fury so I can connect over HDMI.

2. How do these handle 16:9 resolutions? Again if I connect the 360 or the PS3 to it and output 720p or 1080p I don't any nasty stretching, a good scaling or even black bars would be ideal.
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Hey bk, good to hear from you again!

I don't have any first-hand info about that monitor, but just thought I would point out that from my experience, computer monitors just don't seem to break down anywhere near as often as TV's do. I have never had one quit working on me (except one that had a broken cord from being twisted around too many times).

AFAIK, CRT monitors only have the one RGB connector, and I assume this monitor would be no different.

Yeah, there's nothing quite like a CRT for gaming, as nice as LCD's are.
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Originally Posted by au revoir View Post

AFAIK, CRT monitors only have the one RGB connector, and I assume this monitor would be no different.

Yeah, there's nothing quite like a CRT for gaming, as nice as LCD's are.

Agreed, I love my LCD but lately I've really started to notice how flat the image looks I miss that 3D look of CRT. Doesn't mean I'm gonna sell the TV and replace it with a CRT, the weights just not worth it, but I do miss it.

Anyway as for the RGB connector, this one has an SVGA port and a 5BNC connector (which I assume is RGBHV). However I remember on my old CRT projector it would accept component over the RGB plugs on it's 4BNC ports if you used BNC->RCA adapters. I thought maybe some higher end computer monitors may have the same functionality over their VGA or BNC ports so with the proper adapter or cable I could run component into the VGA or BNC ports.

I may have worded that kind of weird did ya get that?
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Ok, I did my research and it seems to handle 16:9 resolutions quite well, and it can accept Y Pb Pr over VGA.

Now can anyone tell me how SD resolutions look on this monitor? And is there any way to connect older consoles (Like NES, SNES, N64, and PS1) up to this?

Edit: Update to my question about buying a B-Grade monitor; This is the description of B-Grade on the listing:
This item is B Grade, you can expect some cosmetic scuffing on the external plastic case from bulk storage. Also there will be some minor to moderate blemishing to the outer antiglare coating that will not impair working capability of unit.
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