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Death of the CRT by 2009!
More like 2007

 10:03 pm on Dec 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I was doing my Christmas shopping, this week, which is about the only time I step into big box electronic stores, and took a stroll in the TV section, for fun. I was amazed to find only one CRT TV, a 12" model for $79.00, collecting dust, probably for a kids room.

I read a NYT article, predicting the end of the CRT by 2009.
From the looks of Best Buy, Future shop and the other big box electronic stores, it looks like the CRT TV took a a major heart attack and is on its death bed.

Amazing how much technology changes, when you don't go shopping for electronics, 12 months at a time.



 10:19 pm on Dec 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

17" LCD Staples special a few weeks back $99.00

Works great. Why did I wait so long?


 1:38 am on Dec 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

We had some eMacs with CRT in the office. They were great: You could put a sloppy joe sandwich on top of it in the morning, and by noon your lunch and all of your office was toasty warm.

I'm waiting for the glasses where you view everything in 3-D. That's Dreamweaver 11.0. To do web, you'll have to be really talented, unlike now where anyone can do it well and make millions of dollars. ( I can see the threads in WW now: "When you look at the back of the words, they're not backwards, but upside down.")


 7:57 am on Dec 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

>I read a NYT article, predicting the end of the CRT by 2009.

The last CRT in my household was sacrificed to the Gods of the Landfill in 2005.

We've been totally LCD and Plasma for over 12 months now.

I can't imagine why anyone would buy a CRT today, it would be like buying a VHS recorder......pointless?

I guess the NYT was guessing a year in which everyone will have sacrificed their CRT's to the Gods :)


 10:04 am on Dec 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Cats everywhere will mourn the passing of the CRT monitor.

smells so good

 10:41 am on Dec 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Mom and Pop in Midtown, USA, will always have a refurbished CRT, or the very part you need for yours. That's the same reason I like old Chevy's ;-)


 7:34 pm on Dec 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I still have a 17" Crt for my machine, it still has better color than an lcd screen, and can't see a reason to change.


 4:05 am on Dec 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

My brother (a great layout guy and graphic designer) has a 22-inch flat screen CRT. I made some passing reference the other day to "when this one goes out" and replacing it with an LCD. He flatly refused; said no LCD he's ever seen comes close to his CRT for showing color accurately. So CRT's will be around in our family for awhile longer yet! ;)


 9:48 pm on Dec 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sounds like the same discussion that some audiophiles still have over the "higher" quality of sound resulting from the use of tube type versus solid state audio amplifiers. Same argument occurs with guitar and instrumentation amplifiers.


 3:11 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

My Mum still has a 15-inch CRT I bought in the 80s. She refuses to get a bigger screen. She did look at LCDs recently but was put off by the cost.


 4:39 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

No chance in my print studio. LCD's do NOT work for close tolerence color tweaking in Photoshop for print projects. I have two 21 inch behemoths side by side and nothing I've seen compares. The space issue is moot as LCD's can't do the job.



 9:59 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

You better pick up some new CRT's in a few months then, as large CRT's will be virtually impossible to get soon, except on Ebay. That may give you another 5 ot 7 years before you are forced to switch, when your CRT finally goes fuzzy.

The good news is these babies will be at firesale prices.

It's interesting that Apple which is the bastion of the graphics arts business, was one of the first ones to discontinue CRT's.

Viewsonic has stopped production of 19"+ CRT's in December, due to lack of supply of quality tubes.

Toshiba is out the CRT market.

Sony is scaling way back.

No body wants to stock large monitors, as few people wants them, and the cost of shipping is expensive.


 12:51 am on Jan 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

It does seem inevitable especially as print declines. Makes me think the color fidelity of LCD will improve to meet this market.... I wonder what some of the larger print prepress shop managers see as the future for close tolerence color work?

Automan Empire

 2:30 am on Jan 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

and the cost of shipping is expensive.

I was once delighted to find $79 refurbished Trinitron monitors at a BIG online computer seller. When I got to checkout, the shipping and handling was $159! I quickly abandoned the cart... and the merchant... and the notion of "going back" to CRTs!

The advance of LCDs has given rise to a new scarcity: computer desks that can handle a huge CRT!

Jordo needs a drink

 3:54 am on Jan 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I can't imagine why anyone would buy a CRT today, it would be like buying a VHS recorder......pointless?


Believe it or not, I bought a cassette tape walkman at Walmart the other day for 5 bucks.

My mother-in-law had a cassette tape she wanted me to burn to CD...

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