HDTV query regarding CRT TVs.

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  1. Hand Of Omega

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    OK. So HDTV is pretty widespread and does give access to great channels and shows. I have queries.

    Now, can I watch HDTV channels through an HD tuner on a regular CRT (cathode ray tube) TV?
    As CRTs are capable of displaying any definition, I think it would be OK, no?

    Say I do get an HD TV. The problem I hear with HD TVs is that they display standard definition poorly - like if you want to watch standard def channels or a VHS.
    Then I am told that CRTs provide deeper colour and true black, LCD and Plasma do not.
    CRTs also have a longer lifespan, but use more power than LCD or Plasma.

    The mind boggles, so lets focus on the first item: can I watch HDTV channels through an HD tuner on a regular CRT (cathode ray tube) TV? - if not, why? If so, why?
    Thanks a bunch in advance.
     
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    I'll try to be concise. Let me know if you need clarification.

    No. Just because there is an over the air HD signal, that does not mean your TV suddenly displays HD. Your maximum resolution on a CRT TV is probably 640 × 480 or 480i. Old standard TVs did not have to display a fixed resolution like HDTVs, but they could not display any resolution.

    There used to be CRT HDTVs that could display greater than 480i, but I don't think there is a single manufacturer these days making an HD CRTV.

    It's not that they display it poorly, they display it too well.
    However, the effect is the same. It looks bad.
    You will see all the defects that were there on your SD TV -you just never noticed them before.

    This really is no longer an issue.
    In 2001 it was -but no longer.
    Current gen LCD TVs may still scientifically have issues with white balance and displaying true blacks to a certain extent, and Plasmas still show a little burn in as things fade to black, but honestly it is so minimal you would have to have it side by side with a competitor's product to notice.

    Sure, but they won't look any better than they did when they were SD.

    Go to Costco and drop $400 on a Vizio and never look back.
    You won't regret it.
     
  3. Hand Of Omega

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    Will do.

     
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    i remember how bummed i was when i bought a HD tv and played some dvds through it. they looked like i'd downloaded them form the interwebs.
     
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    I'm American so I assume that everyone else is, too. :lolol 

    You may not have Costco, but if you ever do decide to get an HDTV, Vizio is a good option.
    They kind of sneaked up on the other guys as the lower cost TV, but that doesn't mean they are not good TVs.

    Summer Glau in HD is worth the price of admission.

    I have a Samsung BD-P 1590 and the upconversion is quite the nice feature.
     
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    Hmm, I'll keep the Vizio in mind.
     

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