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CRT's. Point one out for me plz...

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by UnclePappi, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. UnclePappi

    UnclePappi Banned

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    I really want a nice big quality new CRT before they are gone forever. On another forum I found a link to THIS HP P1120 on ebay. There are also a few Sony fw900's on ebay but they are used and cost $100 to ship :thumbdown. Anybody know where I can snatch me up a dinosaur before these beaut's are forever gone? I'm currently running a Samsung 205bw and while it does have it's strengths I just played a few games on my old CRT and man the color and blacks were like a breath of fresh air. I hated the 4:3 though, felt way too closed in.
     
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  2. freeZ

    freeZ Master Guru

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    As for your Q, I have no idea, but I know what you mean about the colors. Had to use a CRT the other day for CS and damn, colors were beautiful... maybe I'm just not tweaking my LCD right but I sure as heck miss them too.
     
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    Check craigslist, they always have them going between 20-50$. I got me a 19" Sony for dirt cheap.
     
  4. Pill Monster

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    Same reason I still use a CRT.

    Mine is an SGI (Sony) GDM-5411
    I don't feel closed in though because the screen is so big.
    From what I have read it is one of the best CRT monitors you can buy. It is 7 years old and works PERFECTLY (no dimming etc.).
    I run everything at 1600x1200@ 85hz If your eyes can't handle that then it will do 1280x1024 @ 120Hz.

    Some people complain that it's overly bright. Also a VERY heavy sucker.
    Specs:

    Tube Type: Sony 21" FD Trinitron, NATURAL FLAT TUBE
    Dot Pitch: 0.24 mm
    Viewable Size: 19.8"
    HSCAN: 30 - 121Khz
    VSCAN: 48 - 160Hz
    Maximum Resolution: 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz
    Recommended Resolution: 1600 x 1200 @ 85Hz
    Platforms: Mac and PC
    Signal Input: Two 15-pin mini D-SUB (VGA)
    Power Supply: 100-260VAC
    Dimension: 19.3 in - 19.6 in - 18.8 in H-W-D (70.5 lb/32kg)


    The one you're looking at will only do 1920 x 1440 / 75

    Ebay link to the model I have: $250 used St Paul MN
    http://cgi.ebay.com/SGI-21-Flat-Scr...3157766QQcmdZViewItem?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116


    Here's one on Craigslist for $100 ono
    SGI 21" CRT Monitor - GDM-5411 - $100 (Albany, NY)
    http://albany.craigslist.org/sys/881041133.html
     
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  5. maleficarus™

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    I finally got rid of my Samsung Syncmaster 19". replaced that with a 22" Acer LCD (1680x1050) and now that I have played with LCD I'll never go back to CRT again. Why would you anyways? Not to mention slugging around a 70lb monitor at a lan party.....no thankz!!
     
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    scipio Ancient Guru

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  7. Pill Monster

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    VERY nice......I want one.
    That sucks. Wonder if that means it has some screenburn..?

    That question was addressed in the first post...
     
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  8. Phalkon30

    Phalkon30 Ancient Guru

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    I used to run 2 21" Hitachis and 2 19" Samsungs until one of the Hitachis started arcing internally and died with a fizzle.

    I love my CRTs. I've seen some pretty decent LCD monitors, but there is something about the CRT that I still like better.
     
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    the 21" trintron based CRTs are probably some of the best consumer screens you can get. I have two (but had another before as well - so you know I like them). There is a common over-brightness that can be fixed by soldering a new resistor to the board (I had to do this to one I picked up from CG for $50, no big deal, it is now very well balanced). People see my two 21"ers sitting side by side on my desk and say "DAMN thats a lot of monitor!". My wife complained about them looking tacky, but she has started to use them to have multiple programs open at once side by side, and doesn't complain much anymore.
    I gotta say, find one, grab it, keep it. If it develops an over-brightness issue you can fix it (I had never soldered anything before in my life, fixed mine first try). I would have to dig up the link for the article that guided this procedure, but if anyone is interested let me know and I can find it.
    Actually, here it is:
    Hutzelman CRT Mod
     
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    i luv my nec multisync XE21 nice size exalant picture and only £45 not one of my m8 lcds even come any ware near the iq in a game they all took the piss till they seen a game running on it it makes ther screens look dull and washed out ill keep this baby till it dies o death weighs a lot tho 45 kilo and i dropped it comeing out the manchester nec some AA guy nicked the spot where we were parked and i had to walk further and dropped it after carrying it from one side of the nec to the other wich is a long way and by the way the AA van now has a big scratch down the side lol
     

  11. UnclePappi

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    Yeah, my old crt is a 17" so that may have something to do with feeling closed in. Thanks for the links those look like great monitors. The craigslist one is about 6 hrs away I'm actually thinking about making the trip!
     
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  12. UnclePappi

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    Wow, I would probably have never found this out myself. I'm most likely going to get one of the trinitron monitors so this may come in very handy.

    Btw, this thread is turning out way better than I thought.
     
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    CRT options

    I have a couple of CRT sets which I got very cheap at auction.

    Buyers generally have no idea how good these sets are.

    Whilst I would love to get a Sony 24 inch, these others are also good.

    22 inch Class
    Sony/Dell P1230


    21 Inch Class
    Sony/Dell P1130

    Hitachi CM823F (Shadow Mask)

    NEC 2148 or Mitsubishi 2070


    Trinitron Monitors

    These flat screen Sony monitors really have no fixed native resolution in the vertical axis, because the wires in the aperture grille run vertically up the screen. So the screen can be set to any vertical resolution as long as the screen aspect ratio is scaled for acceptable viewing.

    Brightness Issues

    The Sony monitors seem to have an aging related issue which can lead to brightening. This is the opposite of darkening which is normally to be expected for older CRTs.

    It seems Sony put a faulty age compensation circuit in its monitors which over compensates for normal brightness loss with time.

    Modders have come up with solutions to save these impressive monitors, and to restore their image to good as new.

    Check out this mother of all threads.

    http://icrontic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19549

    Thanks.
     
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    I agree, plenty of people have said to me that LCDs are way better but they always tell me they used a small 17" or smaller CRT beforehand so I don't think you can really compare apples with oranges lol... :p
     
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    LOL. LCDs better than CRTs. I wanna see some screen shots!!!
     

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    Only thing theyr better are weight and power usage xD

    I woud love to have 24" wide CRT from sony =)
     
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    Same here - It would be my dream Gaming/Milkdrop 2.0 monitor.

    I can almost see it now, sitting on top of my Steel Reinforced computer desk:p

    Wonder what the shipping costs would be?
     
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    I'm not convinced. Pls post a screenie from a CRT and one from an LCD.
     
  19. Mochen

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    hehe how can that be done? you'd only see what your own monitor can do!
     
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    Yeh I know.

    Best way I know of to find old computer parts is to phone the dreaded PC store. Just give a ring to every computer shop in the phone book. Eventually you'll find someone who has what you want.
     

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