The end of the CRT era...

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by agaraffa, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'm 45 years old and starting in the late 70's, when I got my first 13" black and white (wood grained) TV, I've always had a CRT in my home. From TV's to computer monitors, I've been the proud owner of at least one (usually many) of these (now dinosaurs of a bygone era) for the past 40 years or so. Well it all came to an end today... I dropped off my last CRT at the recycling center this morning. It was a 27" Sharp TV, I bought it about 20 years ago and it was still functioning fine... a tribute to a solid technology that served me well over the decades. Just wondering if any of you are still running any of the old beasts?
  2. 80sjunkie

    80sjunkie Forum Resident

    Dallas, Texas
    I still have a Commodore 2002 monitor from the mid-80s. Still worked a couple years ago for testing when my LG flatscreen crapped out. I couldn't believe it.
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  3. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Not televisions, but I noticed that in the police station on the show "Battle Creek", they still have CRT monitors for their computers. I suppose this is supposed to show how underfunded their department is.

    My only remaining CRT is in an oscilloscope.
  4. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
    The only CRT I still own is paired up with my Atari 1040ST...its midi capabilities were the reason I bought it all those years ago.

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  5. PMC7027

    PMC7027 Forum Hall Of Fame

    Of the 5 TVs in my house 4 are standard Definition CRTs.
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  6. mj_patrick

    mj_patrick Forum Resident

    Elkhart, IN, USA
    Once I had LCD, I couldn't get rid of my CRTs fast enough. The only CRT I have left is the one in my Dig Dug upright cabinet, which is only a few years old.
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  7. jtiner

    jtiner Forum Resident

    My 32" JVC CRT is set up in the cellar with all of my other older components (DVD player, AVR, speakers). And as another poster mentioned, I have a scope with a CRT, so that's 2.
  8. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    I recently got rid of my CRT for a new Dell LCD. I made the right call. I also donated my CRT to charity, because it still worked great.
  9. Cerebus

    Cerebus Forum Resident

    I still have my TV in storage "just in case" and have a couple of vintage original Macs with CRTs built in.

    It seemed like overnight in the mid to late 00's that I started suddenly seeing CRT TV's at the side of the road with "FREE" signs on them. That went on for a few years and then it suddenly stopped. I suppose that by that time everyone that wanted to upgrade had done so.
  10. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Detroit Mi USA
    Two functional sets that are never used.
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  11. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    All in the dumpster long ago :cheers:
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  12. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Only 1 CRT left, the living room TV.
  13. rhubarb9999

    rhubarb9999 Forum Resident

    Atlanta, GA
  14. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident

    My Sony XBR 32 still works, it's sitting in the garage because I'm too cheap to pay a disposal fee to get rid of it.
  15. billy1

    billy1 Forum Resident

    28" Panasonic. Essential for bootlegs sourced from vhs/ 8mm etc.
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  16. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

    Tryon, NC, USA
    I have a 32" HD CRT. It's picture is still excellent, and we don't watch much TV downstairs, so I foresee it being with me for a long while hence.
  17. OnTheRoad

    OnTheRoad Forum Resident

    I fail to understand why someone would give up using a perfectly fine working machine.

    I use things till they don't function anymore.

    I'm glad I don't have any Jones' to keep up with. ;)
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  18. erniebert

    erniebert Shoe-string audiophile

    Toronto area
    Nothing I've seen can match the colours of my Sony 27" CRT.
  19. darkmass

    darkmass Forum Resident

    I have a 17-inch Trinitron CRT monitor on my photographic workstation...and two (used) 17-inch Trinitron CRT monitors in boxes waiting for the one in use to give up the ghost.
  20. Muzyck

    Muzyck Just another anonymous canine Beatle fan

    I had a large CRT monitor I used in my office for a few years. It doubled as a space heater. :D It also took up about half of the usable space on my desk. I suspect it was giving me a healthy "glow" too.

    I have a CRT (TV) in my infrequently used den too.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015
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  21. The Pinhead


    3 TVs in my house; all of them are standard Definition CRTs. I watch my huge collection of SD DVD concerts on the bigger one at the living room. I can't stand the way LCDs make the picture look, even in HD. Call me old school if you want:laugh:
  22. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Toronto, Canada
    We are still using a small tube TV. It was my partner's (mine, which we discarded, was also a CRT, but was smaller). Replacing it hasn't been a high priority because we watch most of our TV online.
  23. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The main reason I upgraded my TVs is just due to updated technologies. Everyone in my house watches Netflix, Hoolu, Youtube, etc. more than traditional television. Having smart TVs just makes that a lot easier.
  24. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident

    Because my new flat screens look vastly better then my old Sony CRT does. It has nothing to do with keeping up with the Jones.
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  25. Muzyck

    Muzyck Just another anonymous canine Beatle fan

    When I first replaced my small RCA "Colortrak" TV in my office with a "modern" upgrade, it took a while to get used to. The CRT was actually much sharper. The very noticeable pixelation on the new TV drove me crazy. The same thing happened at work when our monitors were upgraded.
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