Wow, it's either one extreme or the other, isn't it? As one of the last guys on the face of the planet that makes his living working on CRTs, and has for the last 15 years, I think both extremes are wrong.
For the average person, using a CRT is indeed long dead. I always compare it to the person that drives a 1965 Mustang. The average person won't want to drive a carbureted car, they want something to jump into, turn the key, and go. That's what digital is today. Thing is, you have the people that like the tweaking, the fact that they can replace a tube/rebuild a carburetor, something that you simply cannot do with a digital. A digital is a throwaway unit, as is most electronics today. Once it fails, you buy a new one. That is absolutely not the case with CRT.
Thing is, things like tubes for a 12XX Sony CRT are long discontinued. They were $750 each from Sony back when they were available, but Sony hasn't had them available in over 10 years. Ditto for any other parts for any of their CRT projectors. As with the 1965 Mustang, CRT is strictly a DIY thing. If you don't know electronics, don't like tweaking, then don't buy a CRT.
Still, a CRT doesn't need constant tweaking as many think or state on forums like this. My own Barco retro 808s, that weighs 350 lbs and has a 72" 4:3 image on it, has 49.000 hours on it, and is going strong. I hadn't touched it in over 5 years, save for last weekend when I pulled the tubes to defungus them. That took an hour and $25 worth of parts. CRT simply gives a different image than an LCD, plasma or LED TV. The masses have been told by the manufacturers that a digital image is the 'real' thing. It's far from it IMHO. Colors are overprocessed and oversaturated. Some like that, I don't.
DJ Dee, I think your comment above is equally ignorant. It`s fine if you like the digital image, but don`t rain all over the CRT image. I won`t even sit here on my soapbox arguing that the image is better. I will say that it`s different. I personally prefer it, and am still selling lots of CRTs, about 50% to HT owners, and 50% into the commercial/industrial market.
My own HT is about to get a renovation this summer, and I hope to have two 9" projectors hanging by the fall. While I won't use the HT a lot, maybe 200 hours a year, guaranteed that both sets will still be hanging there in 10 years, whereas most digital owners will have gone through at least one projector due to failure.
I used to stand yelling on my soapbox defending CRT, and there's many posts in the archives here that do just that.
At this point, it is indeed pointless arguing. I personally will take a well set up high end CRT over a digital any day, and still have customers running 20+ year old CRT projectors like the Sony 12XX. It's a chassis that simply won't die. I also personally wouldn't spend the time or money to retube one at this point. I'd get a different, higher end CRT.