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Where can I find CRT TVs?

by twilight_venom-21319849265944750704290252728062 / March 31, 2010 4:10 PM PDT

I own a Wii, the only current-gen console that isn't HD-capable, which means it looks terrible on my 32" 720p LCD TV. I also plan on buying an original SNES or SNES/NES clone in the near future, but that too would look terrible on my LCD TV, and the NES Zapper apparently only works with CRT TVs.

It's for those reasons that I'd like to buy a new CRT TV, but I don't know where to get one, so I was hoping some of you could help me out with this problem. Any recommendations?

P.S. It has to be available in Canada one way or another.

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Local swap meet or...
by ahtoi / April 1, 2010 1:29 AM PDT

maybe a surplus stores. I have seen them available. Don't get it on ebay; the freight will kill you, hehe.

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Good grief
by Pepe7 / April 1, 2010 5:41 AM PDT

If you are in a major canadian city look in the newsaper classifieds, or adverts in a local weekly shopper or grocery store. People are still unloading their not so old CRTs for HDTVs. If you rent an apartment ask the property manager if they know of anyone trying to unload a CRT.

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Where can I find *NEW* CRT TVs?
by twilight_venom-21319849265944750704290252728062 / April 1, 2010 5:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Good grief

I neglected to mention that I'm looking for a CRT TV in brand new or mint condition. The following is a stub on Wikipedia about the resurgence of CRT TVs.

"Resurgence in specialized markets

In the first quarter of 2008, CRTs retook the #2 technology position in North America from plasma, due to the decline and consolidation of plasma display manufacturers. DisplaySearch has reported that although in the 4Q of 2007 LCDs surpassed CRTs in worldwide sales, CRTs then outsold LCDs in the 1Q of 2008.[36][37]

CRTs can be useful for displaying photos with high pixels per unit area and correct color balance. LCDs, as currently the most common flatscreen technology, have generally inferior color rendition (despite having greater overall brightness) due to the fluorescent lights commonly used as a backlight.[38]

CRTs are still popular in the printing and broadcasting industries as well as in the professional video, photography, and graphics fields due to their greater color fidelity, contrast and better viewing from off-axis (wider viewing angle). CRTs also still find adherents in video gaming because of their higher resolution per initial cost, fast response time, and multiple native resolutions.[39]"

The article doesn't mention the companies that are still selling CRT TVs, so if you know anything, please let me know.

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OT Limits of viewing digital photos on CRT
by Pepe7 / April 1, 2010 12:33 PM PDT

Wow, it has been awhile since I've discussed that one ;). You do realize that 'resurgence' in sales was over two years ago(?)

Keep in mind the typical resolution of a digital photo from a very basic point and shoot is in the neighborhood of 4 megapixels, which exceeds the native resolution of any CRT by a longshot. Bottom line? Use a device which better matches the native resolution of the digital photos, e.g. a LCD (which can really be tweaked superbly for this, btw). Viewing some of my photoshopped work on a plasma HDTV is even better IME, once you get the colors correct ;).

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Mint condition
by Pepe7 / April 1, 2010 12:35 PM PDT

If you want new try for sellers that ship to or sell in Canada. Also try a warehouse type store (like Costco) up there to see if they have any stragglers to sell.

To be honest, if you don't want to pay through the nose for a new 36" Sony Trinitron (~$500-700 US), I'd shoot for a private seller wanting to unload a relatively new CRT. More bang for the buck, basically.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2010 5:54 AM PDT

I see CRT TVs gifted away weekly it seems on FREECYCLE.

Google FREECYCLE and see if you have one local.

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