CRT’s gone the way of the 8-Track?

May 2, 2004

CRTCRT (Cathode Ray Tube) projectors haven’t been in vogue to the extent DLPs have lately, but are they done for? CRT front projection, as we know it, has been around since the early 1970’s. The units in service today are very different than those dinosaurs. Modern CRTs such as the Runco DTV-1200 are more than capable of High Definition Television up to 1080i, and to some, offer subtleties not found in DLPs.

Many enthusiast have even taken to retubing their investments to keep them in top working order. One of the tell tale signs a CRT projector is in need of retubing is a diminished light output. Many owners feel CRTs offer better overall contrast, color fidelity, and a more detailed grey scale, as well as more natural flesh tone.

On the other side of the coin DLP/D-ILA owners say the war is long over. They cite the purchase and installation cost, as well as ease of installation, among the deciding factors in abandoning CRTs. Not to mention that retubing can often run into thousands of dollars. The DLP/D-ILA community cites ease of use and installation alone as enough to win their loyalty. One area where DLPs really shine (pun intended), is that many of them don’t need an external scaler. Scalers are used to match a video signal to the resolution of a display.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater Projectors