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mandisaur 01-14-2008 05:47 PM

Worth upgrading CRT TV?
 
I'm waiting to go HD until a few more titles are released and blu-ray wins the war, but is it worth it to upgrade from an HD-ready CRT TV to an LCD flat screen? I've got HDMI inputs so I'm ready for when TV broadcasts make the switch in 2009, but I don't know that my Standard DVDs will look much better on a "true" HD tv.

chris75 01-14-2008 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by mandisaur (Post 88509)
I'm waiting to go HD until a few more titles are released and blu-ray wins the war, but is it worth it to upgrade from an HD-ready CRT TV to an LCD flat screen? I've got HDMI inputs so I'm ready for when TV broadcasts make the switch in 2009, but I don't know that my Standard DVDs will look much better on a "true" HD tv.


Umm, not everything is going HD in 2009, only digital, its a big difference.

mandisaur 01-14-2008 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by chris75 (Post 88510)
Umm, not everything is going HD in 2009, only digital, its a big difference.

Well, that's true, although HD broadcasts will dominate the airwaves...the tv does have a digital tuner. And that doesn't really answer my question.

Spike99 01-14-2008 07:10 PM

In my area, Flat model LCDs have dropped 1/2 price during a 1 year period. In 1 more year, I figure it will drop 1/2 (to today's normal selling price). Thus, I'm holding off for 1 more year. And by then, the quality of current brands of LCDs will be better known. For me, I'm holding off. Going to wait 1 year or until our CRT's current cracked speaker is fully gong (which ever comes first).

mandisaur 01-15-2008 07:38 PM

That's a good point Spike, more or less what I'm thinking as well, unless I suddenly inherit a sum that begs to be spent on a plasma...

keyser soze 01-16-2008 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by mandisaur (Post 88509)
I'm waiting to go HD until a few more titles are released and blu-ray wins the war, but is it worth it to upgrade from an HD-ready CRT TV to an LCD flat screen? I've got HDMI inputs so I'm ready for when TV broadcasts make the switch in 2009, but I don't know that my Standard DVDs will look much better on a "true" HD tv.

IMO, no. I'm selling my 1st gen Aquos to make room for my old Sony CRT. It looked better, HD or not. Your TV will handle the 09 switch just fine and as said before, the longer you wait, the cheaper and better the set will be. Heck, by 09 OLED sets will be getting affordable. Who knows what will be going on then. I think it was LG (IIRC) that just released a two sided LCD and one panel that can display 3 different videos simultaneously that can be viewed individually from 3 different viewing angles. The technology is still moving forward and will only get cheaper and better.

Personally, I don't care for the LCD sets. A Sony 46" fed by a off air HD antennae was the best looking picture I had seen until I saw the new Elite 1080P plasma sets. I hate Pioneer with a passion but they make good looking TV's.

"but I don't know that my Standard DVDs will look much better on a "true" HD tv."

They will not look ANY better unless you have a "upscaling" dvd player and even then the difference will be negligible. With SD sources it could look much worse than your CRT actually.

Wait it out.

mandisaur 01-17-2008 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by keyser soze (Post 88926)
Personally, I don't care for the LCD sets. A Sony 46" fed by a off air HD antennae was the best looking picture I had seen until I saw the new Elite 1080P plasma sets. I hate Pioneer with a passion but they make good looking TV's.

Hey, keyser soze! Finally a reference I get...

I've noticed the same thing about the LCD sets, they've always seemed kind of iffy to me. They've got CRT models that claim to display 1080i and seem to do so just as well if not better. Haven't seen those new Pioneers yet, though.

Wait it out I shall.

gregzoll 01-17-2008 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by mandisaur (Post 88514)
Well, that's true, although HD broadcasts will dominate the airwaves...the tv does have a digital tuner. And that doesn't really answer my question.

HD will not dominate the airwaves. Only difference, is that instead of Analog signal going through the air from the Broadcasters, it will 1's and 0's.

bofusmosby 01-19-2008 08:36 PM

By far, you will get your best HD picture from a CRT set. Better than Plasma, better than LCD. I am talking about a GOOD CRT set, not junk.

As far as a blown speaker, why not just replace the speaker? Most are not that expensive.

Also, keep this in mind. There are tons of CRT TVs out there that are over 20 years old, and still plugging along. I will be surprised if any of the LCD or Plasma sets will last even 10 years. As a matter of fact, a lot of them are not even lasting through their warranty period. Chinese junk......

gregzoll 01-19-2008 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by bofusmosby (Post 90087)
By far, you will get your best HD picture from a CRT set. Better than Plasma, better than LCD. I am talking about a GOOD CRT set, not junk....

Thanks for the laugh. You really do not know what you are talking about.

bofusmosby 01-19-2008 09:38 PM

I am a professional TV tech, and have over 33 years experience. What do you have to back up your opinion? When it comes to questions about home repair, I ask the pros, but now you are talking about MY profession. In this area, I am the pro. Its obvious that you have never seen a high quality HD CRT direct view set side by side with an LCD or Plasma.

gregzoll 01-19-2008 09:48 PM

Yes I have, and only when coupled with a Line quadruplers, or Scalar, then the quality is comparable with high quality Plasma & LED engine LCD sets. It still will not make for a better quality then a Plasma or LED LCD, LCos or DLP set.

bofusmosby 01-20-2008 08:04 AM

Lets see now. I own an LCOS set, and have compared the picture. I work on all the others all the time. Just on straight rabbit ears, the HD CRT set is better. As far as the LCD projection sets, I am not impressed with what I have seen. You will NEVER get the clarity or brilliance with any projection set that will equal a direct view HD CRT set. Now, don't get me wrong. These other sets you mentioned DO have a good picture, but when they are lined up side-by-side, there is a difference.

Speaking of DLP sets, there is a small percentage of people that can not even watch these sets. Some peoples eyes can not be fooled by the illusion of the DLP, and all they see are rainbow colors. I had a customer a while back that brought in his DLP set for repair. There was nothing wrong with his set. When the customer came to pick up his set, he says "look at that horrible picture. All I see is rainbow colors". The picture looked great. Most will never see this though.

david81 02-11-2008 04:19 PM

sony 1080p. nuff said.

bofusmosby 02-11-2008 05:45 PM

Thats a good set David...for sure.


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