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Hmmm . . . Strange photography should be mentioned here. As a photographer for many decades, and ESPECIALLY as an astrophotograher, I will just mention that I could not possibly disagree more! Whenever you find yourself using terms like "delusional" in referring to the overwhelming majority of practioners in ANY recognized field, it is time to stop and reassess your own extreme position.
But I do find it interesting that a single individual would be an enthusiast of BOTH film and CRT PJs.
How about tubes? Vinyl? HD-DVD vs Bluray? Even Beta vs VHS. They all have their die-hard adherents. It never occured to me that the very same individuals might prefer to stay with old technology in more than one field. So, if you find a CRT PJ in a home, are you likely to also find film cameras, tube ampilfiers and turntables far out of proportion compared to the populace at large? I wonder.
I appreciate this is a CRT forum. I am not here to poke anyone in the eye. I will never have the opportunity to A/B compare a high end CRT setup with my new digital but I frankly I can not imagine the picture being much better than what I see on my screen right now. And the convenience factor is orders of magnitude better than any CRT! Had I needed to risk delivery of a CRT and wrestle with the installation issue, A PJ in my present circumstances just would not have happened! The picture quality issue in CRT vs digital might, just MIGHT be debatable but the convenience factor certainly is not!
All CRT PJ owners must know that this technology is at the end of the road. The day will come when they must leave the CRTs behind. Tinkering and scrounging for parts will not be viable forever. People will trickle away, leaving the most fervently faithful behind. So the group remaining will become ever more hardened and strident in their view. Only the most extreme will be left.
Another question that intrigues is why the CRT PJ community seems more an "orphan" than tubes and vinyl? I guess the costs of design and manufacture of a limited number of new CRT PJs to satisfy the small demand, unlike tubes and vinyl, is just not viable for any company to pander too? Then again, I wonder how many CRT adherents are enthusiasts solely because these old units are so inexpensive. Of course, back in the day, they were out of reach of most of us! How many here would STILL be CRT PJ enthusiasts if they had to pay the $30,000 price high-end CRTs cost when new? So how many CRT PJ owners are really just "opportunists" as opposed to the more dogmatic? If you are able to tolerate the inconvenience factors these units impose through their size, weight, inflexibility in positioning, etc., you get a fine image for a very low price. That is hardly a bad thing. But it's a far cry from the dogma that a CRT image is inherently superior to digital.
It seems a lot of factors play into hardened positions for and against almost everything, technology included. We see it everyday in politics! Facts often become just irrelevant and actually entirely unwelcome! And opinions rarely change. How many here are totally convinced CRT PJs are "superior" based on some perhaps poorly set up digital they saw years ago? They made up their mind back then and will not change it. After all, they get all kinds of positive reinforcement from the like-minded here proving they are right! The first digital I saw was in 1997, well set up in a home theatre showroom at a high-end audio retailer. I had a CRT PJ at the time. I recall pronounced screen door from a viewing distance of about fifteen feet! That PJ was not inexpensive either! With my present digital, I pretty much have to approach the screen until my eyes hurt to see screen door. I mention this to emphasize that, unlike ossified CRT technology, digital has advanced at a pace where it's been hard to keep up. Call that obsolescence, or "throwaway" if you wish, but that too is a manifestation of an emotional, not rational, position. In technology, progress, by its nature, makes what came before obsolete.
Would any care to take a guess at the percentage of PJ buyers today that are choosing the CRT route over digital? I'd say 0.001% might be overly generous, perhaps even orders of magnitude out!
So, the title of the thread "HD- CRT Still Da Bomb," might play very well to the faithful here but it is deliberately blind to the industry, the marketplace and, ultimately, to reality.