Today, as we all are well aware, the consumer is king and he dictates the market trend in every industry. Let us take the case of High Definition TVs, for example. The consumer today has a vast choice ranging from the humble, traditional CRT and rear projection sets to slim and sleek Plasma, LCD and DLP HDTV sets. While the latest technology is always more welcome and desirable-looking, it is also true that old is gold and there are certain advantages of owning older gadgets. CRT HDTV sets are supposedly extinct and not so popular anymore. But is that really a hundred percent true? Read on to know more….
What is CRT technology?
Traditional CRT or Cathode Ray Tube technology is also referred to as “Direct View”. This involves shooting electrons at a screen, the movement of which is controlled by magnets. This creates pictures on the screen by illuminating several lines of pixels. HDTVs normally contain 1080 lines and the whole screen comprises 1920×1280 pixels.
Most CRTs weigh up to 200lbs and are a minimum of 20” deep. The biggest CRT HDTV screens come up to about 38”. Needless to say, the larger CRT sets are heavier and more unwieldy.
The latest CRT HDTV sets offer fantastic picture quality, with sharp and rich colours and even better contrasts. Companies are constantly working on improving HDTV resolution and this, in turn, gives the CRT set better picture.
Are CRT HDTVs still worth it?
While many write off CRT HDTVs as virtually extinct, given the current LCD and Plasma HDTV advancement, there are still certain areas where the CRT HDTV scores much above its latest counterparts. Moreover, the new super slim CRTs offer a lot more than the older, bulkier sets. Let us now do a complete analysis of the CRTs.
Traditional CRTs are much lower priced than LCD or Plasma HDTVs. So if you are looking for good technology that is also reasonably priced, you should definitely think of direct-view HDTV.
CRT TV sets last much longer than other fancier sets. It generally offers about 20,000 hours of use, which is way above what you can expect from higher-end TV sets in the market today.
Though the market for CRT HDTVs has declined in the past few years, it still holds a considerable share of sales in many pockets of the world market.
Traditional CRT TVs still come with a curved screen, but today’s latest CRT technology gives user flat screen HDTV sets, which far improves viewing quality, with reduced glare and almost no image distortion.
Latest super-slim CRT HDTV sets
LG Electronics and Royal Philips Electronics have jointly come out with an ultra-slim design for the latest CRT HDTV sets. So has Samsung, one of the top players in the consumer electronics goods market. Not only have these manufacturers reduced the depth of these sets, but they have also re-designed the tube in order to make it appear like a flat-panel TV from the front.
These sets offer great picture quality, slim design and also a much reduced price than the latest LCD and Plasma HDTV sets. In short, they are a cheaper, yet stylish alternative to their higher-end technological counterparts.
In conclusion, though there seems to be a temporary decline in the demand for CRT HDTVs, they are expected to stage a comeback and create a new wave of enthusiasm among the consumers in the near future.