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Re: How many of you are actually still using CRT TVs?

by Anapan Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:43 am

The 32" weighs a lot, that's for sure. Because of that, the metal structure around it is great for mounting on a 2x4 frame. The main problem we had was the size of the control panel. It's fine to move around in a room after mounting it, but the bezel with the controls no-longer fits easily through a door frame. Because of that, we had to make the top removable, so it can be moved separately. Luckily, all the controls are USB, so securing and housing them in the top worked out just fine. It's definitely a lot easier to move with the weight more evenly distributed, and proper arcade cabinet hand-holds, even with a full tower computer housed inside it.
Having such a big screen as a table is pretty cool tho. Multiplayer games don't feel cramped even when playing horizontal games side-by-side.

When my brother and I are working on CRTs, we just keep well away from the high-energy area of the screens. They're isolated on the motherboard - usually with cut-out slots.
Of course we should have a cantenna to draw the charge out, or just do the screwdriver trick with some insulated gloves, but our new method of RGB modding the jungle-chips requires the TV be on while finding the RGB lines.
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Re: How many of you are actually still using CRT TVs?

by Nemoide Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:52 am

I just picked up a 27" Trinitron yesterday! ($25 on Craigslist) I forget how ridiculously heavy those tube TVs are until I try to move one... I definitely won't want one that's even a little bigger!

I have it 90% under my retro-computer table which isn't ideal, but it's GOOD ENOUGH, and it works for me! I'm really glad I get to once again experience SCANLINES and LIGHTGUNS and the Sega Master System's 3D GLASSES! It doesn't have component jacks, but aside from that, it's pretty perfect.

Now that I have a TRUE SD CRT, I feel like I'm free to get rid of my HD CRT and replace it with a modern TV. It's not something I'm planning on doing soon, but I'm OPEN TO IT.
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Re: How many of you are actually still using CRT TVs?

by Ziggy587 Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:57 am

Congrats! Is it a flat screen Wega? Or an old bubble screen Trinitron?

I find the Sony CRTs heavier than other brands, for whatever reason. I have a 27" Samsung and a 27" Wega that are about the same age and the Wega is noticeably heavier!
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Re: How many of you are actually still using CRT TVs?

by samsonlonghair Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:14 pm

Ziggy587 wrote:Congrats! Is it a flat screen Wega? Or an old bubble screen Trinitron?

I find the Sony CRTs heavier than other brands, for whatever reason. I have a 27" Samsung and a 27" Wega that are about the same age and the Wega is noticeably heavier!

I think it was SONY's comb filter that made the Trinitrons heavier than their contemporaries.
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Re: How many of you are actually still using CRT TVs?

by Nemoide Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:49 pm

It's a curved screen model! The folks who sold it to me still had the instruction manual, so I can see that it was from 1997 and so it has that great 90s aesthetic.

Playing around with it has been a treat. While there are still things I still prefer the pixel-perfect image of component cables on my HD CRT, there are just some things a true SD CRT can handle better. Playing around with the 3D Master System games is one of those things! I don't want to seriously try to tackle it now but Maze Hunter 3D seems especially good.
AND with S-video, I think the N64's graphics look about as good as they're ever going to without modding the console. IMO it's a nicer aesthetic than on my HD unit.

This also reduces the grief my not-outputting-RGB Japanese Mega Drive has bee giving me. Composite graphics are okay if I'm playing on one of these old things!
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Re: How many of you are actually still using CRT TVs?

by Ziggy587 Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:34 pm

Nice! I've also been diggin the curved screens as oppose to flat screen CRTs. Fun fact, Trinitron screens only curve in one direction. Ordinary shadow mask CRTs are a true bubble in that they curve in both the X and Y axis.

A few videos explain CRT tech from one of my favorite YouTube channels: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy0tKL ... ?query=crt
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