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Would be interesting to see if people still do. I do, and I'm using it right now. It's starting to show a little bit of character, as if say I'm looking at a relatively dark photo or video, sometimes the whole picture turns red, green or blue. It also sometimes pops (probably the shear weight of the monitor on the pedestal), and when it does the screen will show little lines of cyan. So it's getting old, which isn't surprising, but it probably is about time to replace it with a LED display.

I don't know the brand. Now that I look at it more closely it's quite generic, but our previous monitor before this one was a Compaq, and it came with a compaq computer. The colors on it were WAY off, but it had a built in mic, as well as slits on the side to slide on some external speakers. It was really cool, but one day it started flickering at the botton and then it started flickering on the entire screen. Luckily I had asked my computer teacher if he had spare monitors, and got this one I'm using now for free from the school.

Also if you use a CRT TV set that counts also. I do actually :D And it works perfectly, despite getting slammed on it's screen while we were taking it home.

asked Aug 14 '11 at 21:16

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edited Aug 14 '11 at 21:44


What's a CRT?

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:49) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

joke btw....

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:49) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

It's an old screen technology that used a Cathode Ray Tube to transmit the picture to your eyeballs. It was really big and heavy. They make very effective instant death weapons as well. Hurl one at an annoying co-worker and that co-worker will be neither annoying nor a co-worker.

And I realize that you were joking but I wanted to define it with a stupid definition anyway :D

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:55) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

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Dude, flat screens can go from 50 dollars. Why even use a CRT (unless you absolutely need one)?... you just explained how it did things that it shouldn't be doing in great detail, so why?

answered Aug 14 '11 at 21:28

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Well, it still works perfectly fine except for those truly minor things I mentioned in the question, and it actually hasn't done that all last week. There are other things to spend $50 on. If it isn't broken, don't fix it. But I probably will replace this monitor in the future.

(Aug 14 '11 at 21:30) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I know a lot of graphic artists who use Trinitron CRTs because they much prefer the color reproduction on CRTs over LCDs.

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:08) Condoulo Condoulo's gravatar image

CRTs also have a MUCH wider viewing angle compared to LCDs. I would say they even beat IPS screens.

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:09) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

OH YES! Most definitely. That is one thing I miss about using a CRT as my main monitor (and I've been using this LCD for 2 years now), is the viewing angle on this LCD sucks. Though, I hear LED backlit LCDs are much much better than LCDs lit by CCFL's in terms of viewing angle. So I think when I upgrade my monitor, it'll definitely be LED backlit.

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:17) Condoulo Condoulo's gravatar image

LEDs have great viewing angles, but not as good as CRTs. I was surprised by this at first (I tested this with a display model at Staples that happened to be an LED screen), but it makes sense since LED diodes are transparent and when two colors mix, they form a new color. But it's still MUCH better than LCDs

add-on: I really don't want to revise the whole comment but I assumed that LEDs were screens with LEDs as pixels, but well I guess I was wrong. They are only BACKLIT by LEDs. I guess pixels made of LEDs would be a bit impractical also, and MASSIVELY expensive!

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:46) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

CRT monitors offer more accurate colour reproduction, so still appeal to those to which that accurate reproduction matters, such as video/graphics editing.

On LED vs LCD there was a video from lockergnome covering that very subject, and it was decided that while LED due to more control of the backlighting did offer a more dynamic contrast, with regions of dark or light being better emphasised, it did lack the ability to control it on fine detaill, with point lights suffering due to the inability to control backlight down to the pixel level.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 22:04

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edited Aug 14 '11 at 22:07

I actually didn't know that. Our previous CRT certainly didn't apply though!

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:05) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

CRTs are huge, I was thrilled when I was able to finally purchase an LCD in the Summer of 2007. CRTs also hum more, they have that odd feeling if around for too long.

answered Aug 15 '11 at 00:01

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edited Aug 15 '11 at 00:02

They hum? I never notice a hum from mine. Guess I'm used to it or something.

(Aug 15 '11 at 00:14) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

Yea, though usually you hear it more from the TVs than the monitors. It's a very high pitched hum so not all people can propably hear it. What's funny is that there's an iPhone app, called Repel, that makes the same high pitched hum noise so I guess CRT TVs keep Mosquitos away. Hehe xD

(Aug 15 '11 at 03:16) nickjuly4 nickjuly4's gravatar image

CRT televisions are even worse, the sound can really get on ones nerves.

(Aug 15 '11 at 03:20) Xiro Xiro's gravatar image

I do hear the hum out of a CRT TV. But I'm sitting at my CRT monitor and I just don't hear anything.

(Aug 15 '11 at 21:11) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

My CRT TV is silent. But it is also 5 inches.I use 2 laptops with synergy, and my older one is constantly humming loudly.

(Aug 17 '11 at 22:32) gppl gppl's gravatar image

I stopped using CRT monitors about 10 years ago, now I can't even look at them after using high resolution widescreen flatscreens with high refresh rates, CRTs hurt my eyes way too much cause they flicker and have terribly low resolutions and they just look like crap IMO

answered Aug 14 '11 at 21:35

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Yeah I will say it's quite a change from LCD land at my school to CRT land at my house, and it's not a nice change either.

(Aug 14 '11 at 21:37) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I agree with Zlpha. However I can't even look at some Plasma TVs on display at my electronics store. I can even catch a flicker off the corner of my eye. With my LCD TV I don't notice anything.

(Aug 14 '11 at 23:14) josephLtech josephLtech's gravatar image

catching a flicker is actually normal for everyone. If you look right at it though you won't notice it. But yeah the flicker is annoying.

(Aug 14 '11 at 23:19) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I don't primarily due to space and power issues, however, if I were a graphic artist on a budget, a couple Trinitron based CRTs would far outdo any cheap LCD for color reproduction. But I'm not, so I don't really worry about that too much.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 22:09

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LEDs may be just as good for color reproduction, but I have little experience with those.

(Aug 14 '11 at 22:10) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I still use CRT over here. including my TV over here. They are still working like the old addage says. "If it ain't broke don't fix it." Once they break down for good. By that time I will then eventually replace them. Till then. LCD will wait till I need them.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 23:22

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Exactly. Use them while you can. Although LCDs are better for you than CRTs since CRTs emit gamma rays or something which can be very harmful.

(Aug 14 '11 at 23:26) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

The last time I had I CRT monitor was about 5 years ago on my old Windows ME PC so it wasn't being using much. Though, at my house we still have 2 CRT TVs left. Lol

answered Aug 15 '11 at 03:13

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I have three LCD monitors on my desk, if I had three CRT monitors I'd need a much bigger desk. Anyways my dad still uses a CRT on his computer although that's his home computer that he rarely uses. He usually just uses his work computer for things which is an HP notebook computer. And up until just a couple of years ago my family was still using CRT TVs just because the old ones we had still worked completely fine, we had to replace them with new LCD TVs as soon as they started to die though.

answered Aug 15 '11 at 09:36

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edited Aug 15 '11 at 09:37

I use a CRT as a Live Monitor for when I am editing in FCP, so it gives me the best and truest color for video editing.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 21:34

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nice. They have an infinite viewing angle also.

(Aug 14 '11 at 21:37) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

My parents still use one... 15 inches... So small. I offered to get them an LCD, but they claim that the CRT is fine.

answered Aug 15 '11 at 03:16

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Everything is fine if you have not experienced anything else, but if ythey have and it still is then at least you can say you tried ;)

(Aug 15 '11 at 12:42) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

Christmas is in five months :D

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