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View Poll Results: What type of display do you mainly use for DVD viewing?
27 in or less - 4:3 tube TV
59
22.43%
32 to 40 in - 4:3 tube TV
50
19.01%
16:9 Tube TV
31
11.79%
Plasma
6
2.28%
4:3 Flat Panel LCD
2
0.76%
16:9 Flat Panel LCD
3
1.14%
4:3/16:9 Rear Projection tube TV
51
19.39%
16:9 LCD/DLP/LCOS Projection TV
29
11.03%
Projection system
26
9.89%
Other (please specify)
6
2.28%
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What type of display do you mainly use for DVD viewing?

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32 inch standard Toshiba.

And I found this story of interest on this subject: Consumers scrambling for sexy new flat-panel televisions may want to tune in to this less-publicized feature of the trendy boxes: They don't deliver pictures as clearly as traditional tube TVs do.

http://www.zdnetindia.com/reviews/pr...es/114569.html
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32" 16:9 flat tube from sony. Unfortunately there are no HDTVs here in Europe yet.
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Originally Posted by Altimus Prime
32 inch standard Toshiba.

And I found this story of interest on this subject: Consumers scrambling for sexy new flat-panel televisions may want to tune in to this less-publicized feature of the trendy boxes: They don't deliver pictures as clearly as traditional tube TVs do.

http://www.zdnetindia.com/reviews/pr...es/114569.html
Amen! I'm always telling people that tube TV's are sharper, have better colors and just flat out look better than the most expensive Plasma, LCD, or RP television!

My old 32 Toshiba looks better than those RP's and Plasmas.
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Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh
Amen! I'm always telling people that tube TV's are sharper, have better colors and just flat out look better than the most expensive Plasma, LCD, or RP television!

My old 32 Toshiba looks better than those RP's and Plasmas.
You're comparing apples to oranges. The 16:9 area on your Toshiba is the equivalent of about a 29" widescreen display. There are no plasmas or RPs that size. The size of a display certainly affects the impact the image will have on you. A 13" CRT is going to appear even sharper than your 32", but you don't have that as your main viewing set. The only CRT I'm aware of that approached the size of plasmas or RPs was the 40" Sony Wega and it weighed over 300 lbs!

Many people want a certain screen size and then choose the appropriate technology for them for that particular size. Obviously they feel the picture quality is at least acceptable, if not preferable. Others will find the large screen images unacceptable in quality regardless of the impact the large screen size has, so they will stick with a necessarily smaller CRT for sheer picture quality. For many it's still a monetary issue as to which they can choose.
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Doesn't really change the fact that CRT's last longer, have a more vibrant and sharper picture, and are just all around better.
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Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh
Doesn't really change the fact that CRT's last longer, have a more vibrant and sharper picture, and are just all around better.
"All around better"? For many people the display area of CRT's is not big enough. That is one quality they are definitely not better at. If the picture quality meets a certain threshold (that will vary by individual), then I personally find a larger display much more enjoyable than a smaller display. Going back to an extreme case, I bet you find your 32" CRT much more enjoyable to watch a movie on than a 13" CRT with comparable picture quality.
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I had a RPTV for a time, but ended up taking it back because the picture was subpar to my old 32 inch. Sorry, but they just don't look has good.

Size doesn't matter, it's the quality of the set.
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32" or 35" (forget which size it was) Toshiba 4:3 tube
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My theater link can be seen in my sig.

The screen is a 100" Dalite HCCV and the projector is a Sharp 10K DLP.
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Infocus X1 projector with Hi-Power Dalite screen. I watch it at about 80". Had it almost 2 years now.

For movies I prefer size (and sound) over picture quality. It gives it a more movie-like experience. While the PQ isn't as good as my 17" LCD or my 32" Toshiba the fact that it's huge more than makes up for it. The PQ is still better than at the movies and pretty darn good.
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Originally Posted by Mike Lowrey
OK, thanks...so how are these different than LCD and Plasmas?
Simply another technology. DLP is based on Texas Instraments technology. It's a chip with *really* tiny micro mirrors. Light is 'shot' at the mirrors (one mirror per display pixel) which reflect the beams through a rotating color wheel to produce the colors needed.

This specific technology gives some viewers headaches. On some sets, depending largely on the speed of rotation of the color wheel, and/or how many color segments it has (which will translate to speed again) you can get a "rainbow" affect. Some people notice it and don't care. Some people don't notice it at all, some people get headaches.

Because of the rainbow affect, you should *for sure* check out a DLP display fairly carefully before you buy. They can look pretty good - but it would suck to get it home and find that 1/2 through a long movie your brain starts to hurt.

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PS - Oh yea - mainly watch on a 16X9 55" Mits CRT RPTV that I've had for about three years now. Secondary TV is a Sony WEGA 27" 4:3 HD CRT.
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Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh
Doesn't really change the fact that CRT's last longer, have a more vibrant and sharper picture, and are just all around better.
Originally Posted by Jim
"All around better"? For many people the display area of CRT's is not big enough. That is one quality they are definitely not better at. If the picture quality meets a certain threshold (that will vary by individual), then I personally find a larger display much more enjoyable than a smaller display. Going back to an extreme case, I bet you find your 32" CRT much more enjoyable to watch a movie on than a 13" CRT with comparable picture quality.
Display area of CRT's is not big enough? I don't see where QuiGonJosh said anything about direct view CRT displays. I have a 55" CRT RPTV that shares most the same advantages that a direct view would have, with the exception of higher susceptability to burning.

CRTs are CRTs whether you watch them directly, reflect them off a mirror to a screen, or aim them directly at the screen.

The best front projectors made are still (cost prohibative) 9" CRTs - These too share most of the same advantages of a direct view CRT, with the same exception of possible burnin that the RPTVs have.

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27" RCA Console that is about 20 years old...

Half the time, the sides cave in )__( - this is watchable, especially compared to the times when it oscillates from a standard picture to the caved in version, and back again many times a second...
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Mainly my small 20" Panasonic TV that i got 5+ years ago or so in my room. I hope to purchase something in the 26-30" range sometime this year for myself.
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What are you thoughts on the KD-34XBR960?
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Toshiba 57HDX82 RPTV. It has the infamous flicker that Toshiba won't acknowledge as a known defect. When the flicker isn't noticeable (most of the time) the picture is very good. Still, I would strongly recommend against Toshiba CRT RPTVs.

Toshiba design defect aside, a properly adjusted HD-ready RPTV can have a very good picture when viewed from an appropriate distance and angle. A little direct view 32-34" CRT TV just doesn't feel like "home theater" to me, even when sitting close. And I am sure that the Front Projector folks will say much the same about RPTVs, but I just couldn't make FP work in my house.
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Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh
Doesn't really change the fact that CRT's last longer, have a more vibrant and sharper picture, and are just all around better.
Until you have to move them.

I still have a 4:3 tube, but will be looking to get a new TV possibly towards the end of this year.
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Panasonic TH50PX20UP 50" Plasma (consumer model)

Purchased it online on April of last year for a great price from www.onecall.com. It is for 100% HT use only (no antenna or cable is even hooked up to it; i.e. DVD only). Although it has stock speakers, we use a separate sound system, of course.

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