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Optimal CRT TV size?

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Hi, I'm going to get a "new" CRT TV to replace the one that I had since 1994 which has been dead for about 1.5 years now, and it was a 28" one. It was really quite a good set even after all those years.

I tried the PS2 on a 42" HDTV but it looks very poor, and I could not stand it for too long. The TV is only going to be used to play PS1/PS2 games, and will need to be a 4:3 model (can't stand those black bars on the side... grrr). I was wondering what size would be best for this purpose. I was thinking about getting a 21" inch one, but is this a good size and will I notice much going from a 28"?

Thank you.
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
32" was about the largest standard size, though toshiba did up to 36" as i recall in their "picture frame" series.

some 32" sets were absolutely massive and take up a lot of room so that should be taken into consideration if you definitely want a CRT
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scrumpypaul
32" was about the largest standard size, though toshiba did up to 36" as i recall in their "picture frame" series.

some 32" sets were absolutely massive and take up a lot of room so that should be taken into consideration if you definitely want a CRT

Wow... that's probably too big then. I defintiely want a CRT and have tried PS2 and an LCD HDTV and it looks like sh!t. The 28" was really quite good, and I was considering a 21" Sony Trinitron since I have seen them recommended a lot, but wanted to know if the difference going down from 28" to 21" is a big one, and if 21" is a good size.

dcx_badass
Philips do some HD CRTs that are good, should do SD perfectly aswell.

Well if it's a HDTV then it's going to be 16:9 and not 4:3 right? I want a 4:3, otherwise the majority of PS2 games are going to have bars on the side to maintain the 4:3 ratio, since most lack 16:9 (widescreen) option.


Edited By: Breadboy on Sep 10, 2010 21:38: typo
#3
You want a non widescreen CRT tv? Surely has to be a wind up?
#4
No lol, but then I'm going to be distracted by stupid black bars if I get a widescreen one, and like 33% of the screen will go to waste. That's why only a 4:3 will do for me.

Edited By: Breadboy on Sep 10, 2010 21:54: update
banned#5
Used to play my PS2 on a 26". Don't think I would've enjoyed it as much on a 21" but I guess it depends how close you sit to it. When I got my 32" widescreen, I set it up so the picture was stretched to fill the screen. Didn't affect gameplay and no black bars.

If you're having trouble imagining how big a 21" would look, cut out a bit of cardboard 16.8" by 12.6" and prop it up where you'd have the TV to see if it's big enough. I think you might struggle finding one new but there's usually some on Gumtree.
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Breadboy
No lol, but then I'm going to be distracted by stupid black bars if I get a widescreen one, and like 33% of the screen will go to waste. That's why only a 4:3 will do for me.

lol @ luddite - you do realise most broadcasts are widescreen now so no black bars?

21" is tiny
#7
dunfyboy
Used to play my PS2 on a 26". Don't think I would've enjoyed it as much on a 21" but I guess it depends how close you sit to it. When I got my 32" widescreen, I set it up so the picture was stretched to fill the screen. Didn't affect gameplay and no black bars.

If you're having trouble imagining how big a 21" would look, cut out a bit of cardboard 16.8" by 12.6" and prop it up where you'd have the TV to see if it's big enough. I think you might struggle finding one new but there's usually some on Gumtree.

Yes, I just did, and it's rather small for my needs. I've decided on a 24"/25" as a good size (veiwing distance is about 5.5-7ft), but does anybody have any 4:3 ones of that size to recommend? I'm not too fond of streching the picture and distorting everything. It should support NTSC too.

Also, I said the word new in quotation marks lol, meaning that it's new to me but not necessarily new.


csiman
Breadboy
No lol, but then I'm going to be distracted by stupid black bars if I get a widescreen one, and like 33% of the screen will go to waste. That's why only a 4:3 will do for me.

lol @ luddite - you do realise most broadcasts are widescreen now so no black bars?

21" is tiny

I was talking about PS2, and since many games do not support widescreen yes there will be black bars... you must have missed the previous posts where I said PS2.

Edited By: Breadboy on Sep 12, 2010 11:00: typo
banned#8
look on freecycle - free ones there quite often

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