CRT HDTV FAQ. Are They Good Enough For High Definition? Quick here...

CRT HDTV sets are much cheaper than any other option and they have many advantages..

Unfortunately some major disadvantages also.


The picture quality, colours, brightness, contrast, and smoothness of the display sets the standard for all of the others, namely LCD HDTV. LCD is pretty close to the performance of CRT with LED backlighting in new technology sets. Plasma HDTV is closer than most, but still lacking the black level and color finesse of a good quality CRT.

HDTV Projector sets are also capable of great performance, but the black level and contrast is the same as LCD.

The disadvantages of CRT HDTV sets are they are bulky, heavy, and they don't look as slim and sexy.

An example: The KV-36XBR400 CRT set from Sony.

Did I say heavy? Over 200lbs.

Hi Def? Almost, it displays 480p sources. Like DVD movies, etc.

Also 720p and 1080i sources are displayed at 1080i.

Only 4:3 in fullscreen though, letterbox format for 16:9 or widescreen pictures.

Which covers most FTA networks using an antenna, also called Free To Air, because those networks are using either 720p or 1080i.

Also it has great sound from internal speakers.


Some really major drawbacks are size and weight.

CRT sets cannot be made as with screens as large or as thin as a Plasma or an LCD. Certainly not light.

The CRT is the culprit here.

They are trying hard, though.

Some of the recent CRT sets are surprisingly smaller and lighter in the rear end.

Not this one.

It is not currently possible to make a CRT HDTV that is large enough to beat Plasma and LCD.

To equal one of those, the CRT would be so large and the EHT (High voltage) would be so high that it would be simultaneously radiating X-RAYS that would kill the people watching the set.

Not to mention some innocent bystanders, pets , etc.

That is a fairly major drawback :(

But all is not lost, you can get a 26" and up to 36" set, and providing it is capable of HD, as this Sony is, it can display great pictures.

...Bottom Line:

CRTs can give You better quality pictures compared to LCD vs Plasma.

They can't be the largest screen wise, haven't got the highest resolution, and they can be very tubby HDTVs.

When you are looking at purchasing or when choosing HDTV, You will want to pick the best one for quality versus the money you are spending.

But the best, blackest blacks, brightest pictures, reproduction of colors (called the gamut of colors in the biz) and the capability to render dark scenes with a fine gradation of black through grays to white, will win out.

Plus it saves You a load of cash.

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