Hey gang. I realize there's been 3,612 HDTV threads in the last few weeks leading up to christmas, but this one's slightly different.
My tv as of late has been fading, doing strange things like turning off the tube, but not the main unit (i'll have to unplug the tv entirely to get it to turn completely off, or be responsive again) and gained a stone chip square in the middle of the display from falling over in the van while i was moving it here.
It's a 27" Sony tv from the EARLY 90's, possibly even the late 80's, which has actual visible spaces between each line of the picture (not verticle banding, or interlacing lines, but actual physical gaps between the lines of the picture) your basic old school tube tv.
Anyways, i think it's time for a change. And christmas is just the opportunity to cop one for free, or atleast get the folks to pay 1/2.
I watch dvd's, play playstation 2, and watch divx videos from my computer exclusively. I have NO plans of buying an hd-dvd or bluray player in the near future, and don't even have cable, let alone HD cable. I also don't like the picture quality of the lower-price point lcd displays, so i'm thinking about getting a newer directview crt.
I want to get a 480p flat-tube tv, in the $400-500 range, but when i went to the store to look at them, i noticed there's actually such things as direct view CRT HDTV's, which can actually display 1080i in true form (true 1920x1080) which is unmatched by any lcd, dlp, or plasma in my pricerange.
The only thing is, they're around the same price for the same rated screen size, but are 16:9, so it's actually a smaller screen $ for $. Plus, as i said earlier, 99.9999% of my useage will be standard 4:3 480i/p, so i don't know what to do.
Have any of you guys seen the crt HD's? If so what did you think?
And if you were in my shoes (or ARE in my shoes) do you think you'd go with the nice big, familiar 4:3 screen? Or trade some screen area for HD useability in the years to come?
You can rip on me for considering CRT HD, it's all good. I just know that with my current financial, as well as residency (G-H-E-T-T-O) situation, i'm not prepared to spend more on a television, and would rather have the beautiful CRT color and contrast over an inferior low-grade LCD, while i fully acknowledge that flatscreens DO look beautiful, but cost a lot more for a good one.
I think i covered my ***! Let me know what you think!