Well at the small 'relative' size of CRTs it's hard to tell the difference anyway, esp if it's full 480i and using one of the better inputs. Plus good contrast/black levels/brightness and low on motion blur. I couldn't tell a huge difference between a converter box and an HD tuner on my Panasonic 34" widescreen HD CRT at a typical viewing distance. I moved my seating way up to take advantage of HD after I got the HD tuner and it 'effectively' gives me a larger viewing area. Hard to beat the pic quality if not that concerned about size.
From 4 feet away that Panny 34" looks mighty big!
Hope you are well man. I always get a kick out of your posts.
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. I still watch the 34" Panasonic TV far and away more than the 46" LCD and the 50" plasma. What do I know about which one is "better"; I just know the one I prefer to watch.