Yes it is old tech. The first CRT was made in the late 1920s. The downside of a CRT is wieght. If have an older 32" and it wieghs a lot, big foot print. But you can still see the picture in bright room lights, wide angle of view, LONG,LONG life.
All of the LCD,DLP will have to have lamp replacement some day cost can be $200~500 depending on model.
Some are claiming a 10,000 hour lamp life. But time will tell. So lets say 6 hours a day = 4.5 years. Your choice. John
Was almost ready to pull the trigger between a JVC 61v585 (Lcos/Dila) or a Hitachi 810/915 (LCD)when I came upon a Pioneer PRO-730hdi (CRT). Wow what a fabulous picture both in HD and Standard mode. Large but beautiful piano like lacquer cabinet. Pioneer has discontinued making RPTV's now only in Plasma.
The 730hdi is their last.
The x30 series has a history of a streak problem that I've been assured has been fixed and a written guarantee by the seller to either refund or exchange set for different type if problem comes up. Ok this set new msrp'd at $7500 in 2004. I should be able to
get it for a little under 4K. Oh, it's a 64" set.
I can get the JVC 61" for $3119 and the Hitachi 810 60" for $3439. I will not need a stand for the Pioneer. I know the CRT is old tech but IMHO it really has a better picture in every mode.
I am leaning toward the Pioneer but need your opinions.