I just got my first flast-screen TV. I moved into a third floor apartment and I just couldn’t get my 40″ CRT up the stairs (it weighed 5,000 pounds, give or take). It’s the end of an era, for me.
I’m not the only A/V worker who likes old-school CRT. They have perfect response times, there’s no digital artifacts, every viewing angle is good, and even cheap models could show a fantastic range of contrast, brightness, and color. (When LCD TVs first came along, they couldn’t display very dark colors, making episodes of The X-Files a lot less scary.) Many of us in the A/V industry secretly love these CRT screens when our co-workers aren’t looking – including Mike Nelson (of MST3K fame) who said the following when he finally took his CRT out to pasture:
Nelson one of my favorite people, and I’m glad to know that we’re kindred spirits on this issue.
I got a great picture on my TV, and it wasn’t easy to leave it by the curb when I moved. But, maybe some nerd will see it, recognize its potential, and use it (or its parts) for some greater purpose.
For now, I’m getting used to HDTV. I’m only using 720p – and that’s deliberate. 1080 resolutions are strong enough to make lighting look bad, show me which actor is wearing too much makeup, and pretty much ruin a good show by distracting me with every detail I wasn’t supposed to fixate on. Besides, HDTV never impressed me on the technical level as it has others.