Originally Posted by Ericglo
I am not sure what you are disagreeing with, but I think some of the last models of CRT RPTVs were pretty good. I just have never liked the screens. They have gotten better unfortunately DNPs best screens seemed to end up in the digital RPTVs or maybe they didn't work well with CRTs. Of course, CRTs still have the uniformity issue which a RP screen with its higher gain exacerbates. That being said the last generation of Mits and Pioneers are supposed to be the best of the final CRT RPTVs. You are correct that they are a great deal as you can find them on craigslist for cheap. In comparison to direct views, it is a matter of taste which one prefers but I don't think you can go wrong with either one.
Now, if you are talking about CRT FP, then I am going to say you are dead wrong. If you have the room for the big CRTs and the desire to learn how to set them up, then they offer an excellent picture that is better than direct view or RPTVs. The prices are also pretty good as well. I have $300 into my NEC PG9+. I can run 1080i or 720p or 1280x960 with the computer. In terms of price/performance CRT FP is still on top.
Actually it was sonyfan's post on RPTV's that I was disagreeing...anyway, I feel a bit odd about recommending any RPTV's at all as in the past I've railed against this video tech. Having said that, I also have recently seen the Pioneer Elite RPTV that had been professionally calibrated & tweaked to perfection, and other than the viewing angle limitations, this TV rocks.
Still, I would've never paid $6000 for the Pio, but along w/a thread in the AVS RPTV Forum "Don't dump your CRT RPTV" I have been toying with the idea of upgrading to a 60+" large screen on the cheap. This plan (if carried out) would hold me over for a few more short years until I upgraded to something new & maybe even larger.
Some well informed ISF Techs have more or less opened my eyes to CRT RPTV, and follows along w/this thread for people trying to buy a good used Tube for a fraction of what they sold for when new. The difference is that I already own the largest consumer Tube ever built, the Sony 40XBR, and would like a much larger screen. Your idea of CRT FP is a good one, but because of the negative WAF I must go another route...for now.