CRT PC Monitors: Ancient Trash or Display Treasure?

Every time I see advertisements and videos
about new computer monitors, I have to chuckle. The past 3-4 years have seen high refresh
rate and higher than 1080p resolution monitors flood the markets – 75hz, 120hz, 144hz, 1440p,
4K. As a pixel junkie, I’m certainly not going
to complain about more frames or pixels – but most of these monitors are so boring. We spent 10 to 15 years with flat panel LCD
monitors being far inferior to their CRT ancestors, that I find it hard to be exciting for this
modern technology to catch up. I’m EposVox, and welcome back to Vox Talks
Tech. I’m a huge tech head, but I still prefer
those “old tube monitors” that most people think are garbage or ancient relics. In this video we’ll be deep diving into
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be a little technical details – but the important part is the fun. Exploring old technology, high refresh and
frame rates, crazy resolutions, awesome looking screens – the early 2000s was a much cooler
time for tech than today in some ways, and hopefully that shows here. Before we get too technical or complicated,
I want to mention that PC CRT monitors are not the same as CRT TVs that you might have
played your old Nintendo or Playstation on – without specialized signal conversion, which
we will cover later in the video, most PC CRT monitors cannot view signals from composite
or the old RCA cables and your old video game consoles. If you’re just looking to get a more authentic
retro games fix, you likely want to pick up an old CRT TV – I posted a full video about
that experience last year, which you can check out in the link in the video description. Let’s get vocab and history out of the way
first. CRT means “Cathode Ray Tube” and the displays
work by shooting electrons from a cathode in the back of the box to the front. This is very different than how modern LCD
and LED screens work. CRT technology was also widely used for old
TVs, as well, as we mentioned and have a dedicated video on already. CRT monitors are big, bulky, heavy, and don’t
support modern video connections – so they’re useless, right? Well, that common perception is only partially
true. They do take up more room than flat-screens,
but they aren’t always huge. CRT monitors DO have to fit on a desk – or
at least desks from the 90s and early 2000s, after all. CRTs are available in a plethora of sizes,
colors and even shapes! There’s a lot more personality to CRTs than
the flat black design of just about every modern screen. And not all CRTs have the bubbled-out screen
that’s so prone to glares. There are a variety of flat-screened models
out there – CRT monitors with a flat Trinitron screen are highly sought after by enthusiasts. Unlike their TV counterparts, PC CRTs haven’t
had anywhere near as much of a resurgence in popularity for retro gaming. Mainly because people consider retro gaming
to just be about old consoles – and a lot of progress has been made to keep old PC games
playable, such as all of the efforts made by A site that sells new games, but also does
a ton of legwork to make old games playable on modern hardware and even includes digital
versions of the original goodies included with the games.I’d also recommend NoClip’s
documentary on their work, linked in the description. But PC CRTs still have redeeming qualities
that make them fun for enthusiasts and just for those of us who prefer CRTs to LCDs in
general, it naturally makes sense to extend that to computer use, as well. There’s a few generalized reasons that people
prefer CRT monitors over LCDs: Nostalgia, proper compatibility with older PCs and games,
input latency, refresh rate and resolution flexibility, and perceived color “depth”
or dynamic range. Technically, normal LCD or LED monitors and
CRT monitors have the same “dynamic range”. This is referred to as “Standard Dynamic
Range” or “SDR” – a light variance measurement, or “maximum luminance,” of 100 nits. This has been the standard for a very long
time, as it was based on the limits of CRT technology. Only recently are we seeing a change to this
with HDR technology for new screens. The issue, here, is in how different types
of screens actually display light. Despite having the same measured dynamic range,
CRTs and Plasma TVs actually appear to the eye to be better in this regard. Some often refer to this as the CRT’s image
having “more color depth.” Blacks are deeper, whites are brighter, colors
pop more. LCDs more often look flat due to the backlighting’s
inability to vary brightness enough, or on a per-pixel basis like OLED, and just not
being able to go to pure black in the first place. This is even better when combined with how
CRT monitors handle sharpness. Unlike CRT TVs that have a small number of
vertical lines and can usually only accept up to 240p or 480i signals via noisy analog
connections, CRT monitors are PURE RGB via the HD-15 or DE-15 connector, also known as
the VGA connector by most normal people. On rare occasion a CRT monitor will have a
different connector – such as the direct BNC RGBHV connections on this Impression 200VX
monitor I have, but it’s all meant for the same signals. Some of the more exotic older 3D and CAD workstations
had bigger connectors like this weird 13W3 here, but these aren’t common finds from
consumer sets. This expensive Gateway I have, has TWO VGA
inputs, and a USB hub. Crazy stuff – but this thing was 1000 bucks
in the year 2000. Too bad it’s dying and won’t be usable. This means the monitor has a much cleaner
image connection than your old TVs hooked up to your old game systems. Plus, CRTs don’t have a fixed “resolution”
in the first place. Depending on the maximum horizontal refresh
rate and the video bandwidth, or “pixel clock,” of the monitor, a CRT monitor can
display resolutions from 640×480 up to a phenomenal 2048×1536. My main CRT monitors with 96kHz max horizontal
rates can go up to 1600×1200 resolution, but this broken Gateway monitor with a 121kHz
max rate can do 1800×1440 at 80hz. That’s essentially the 4:3 aspect ratio
version of 1440p at 80hz from the year 2000! This is starting to show why newer screen
tech hasn’t impressed me much – we were doing all of this 20 years ago. Hell, a commonly-shared article when people
first get into PC CRTs is this one showing that John Carmack was developing Quake on
a 28 inch 1080p CRT monitor way back in 1995. Unlike LCDs, however, CRTs generally remain
sharp at non-native resolutions. LCDs need to use the monitor’s scaler to
scale up a lower-resolution signal to the monitor’s actual display resolution, which
results in the image looking a lot softer than it should, and potentially adding input
lag. It usually just looks plain bad – especially
if you’re not using proper integer-scaled resolutions. CRTs, however, are pretty sharp through most
resolutions. Sometimes some of the higher resolutions aren’t
as sharp as lower resolutions due to how some of the tubes work – but for most usable resolutions,
generally they’re sharp no matter what you’re throwing at them. This era of PC gaming was so much better because
of this. You could run 60fps slower detailed games
at crazy high resolutions, then drop down to 1024×768 or 1280×960 at a higher refresh
rate for some stuff, and down to 640×480 to run older DOS games. And your image will look amazing through and
through. On a LCD… it’s generally safer to crank
down your in-game detail than to lower the display resolution – though some newer games
are finally releasing with separate render resolution functionality to help combat this. And all of this is delivered with no inherent
added input latency. No perceivable lag. This is still mostly analog, versus digital-only
on LCDs and LEDs. Digital equals processing time equals input
delay. It’s always there, even if it’s low enough
that you can’t detect it. However, generally speaking analog means no
input lag. It’s not quite that simple, I know, but
it’s a good rule to keep in mind. Granted, if you’re using a PC CRT with a
video converter of some kind, there might technically be some added delay from that
process – though good ones would add a max of 1 frame’s worth of delay. Just like with CRT TVs, PC CRT monitors have
no latency, which is hugely important for many gaming enthusiasts. Heck, for a long time, Counter-Strike competitive
players still preferred using CRTs for the high refresh rates and no latency up until
very recently. While old games themselves are being adapted
by their various communities to run on modern versions of Windows, if you want to use your
old childhood Windows 98 machine, or build a dedicated Windows XP machine – generally
that’s only going to output VGA. You can get conversions to up-convert that
to HDMI, and in many cases that’s fine, but the same games on a CRT don’t always
look so hot on a LCD. Some people just want the pure authentic experience. Alternatively, some people want to use their
CRTs on modern machines. Basic DisplayPort or HDMI to VGA adapters
are alright for a basic setup – but they will add a tiny bit of input lag in some cases,
and they are very limited in terms of what resolution and refresh rate combinations they
can support. Most are using old HDMI and DisplayPort specifications,
and raw VGA to VGA analog actually supported a lot more bandwidth than early HDMI and DisplayPort. If you want something truly capable of this
kind of conversion, look to the HD Fury devices. They produce HDMI devices that can do virtually
anything, including low lag, high bandwidth signal conversion. This isn’t a problem if you have a graphics
card with the analog pins still in the DVI connector – these are the 4 pins in a square
around the horizontal big pin. This is referred to as a DVI-I connector,
with both analog and digital pins, and the last GPUs to be produced with the analog pins
still included were the Nvidia GTX 980ti and AMD Radeon R9 380X. Then you can use a native analog DVI to VGA
adapter and have access to your monitor’s full capabilities. Maybe try out the Custom Resolution Utility
software, too, if needed. Side note, the Xbox 360 actually had a specific
VGA cable kit sold with it, to allow users who only had access to VGA and CRT monitors
to play the system, which can make for an interesting experience. Most CRT monitors are 4:3 aspect ratio. Wider aspect ratios didn’t become mainstream
until a while after LCDs took over. But there are a couple options. You could try to hunt down the SiliconGraphics
widescreen models of the late 90s like what Carmack used – though, good luck, they’re
incredibly rare. Or there’s the holy grail Sony FW900 and
W900 16:10 widescreen CRT. It’s 24 inches, probably weighs as much
as I do, and is highly sought after by many enthusiasts – myself included. Been hunting for one for two years now, and
no real leads. And they’re expensive. A lot of the more exotic monitors like the
1995 1080p one are old CAD 3D design monitors from the 90s, which have no OSD or on-screen
display controls and have to be adjusted by specialized software, which can be quite the
hassle. Later ones are fine to work with, however. Most of the CRTs I have can even run 720p,
1280×720 at 120hz, which is awesome. And if you use custom resolution tools to
run interlaced modes – which it’s still a CRT so you won’t see interlace lines – you
can frequently double the refresh rate, making it feel a bit snappier. But choose wisely, as things are not all sunshine
and rainbows on the CRT front. Unfortunately, without the original manual,
it can be hard to find the specs of specific CRT models. I’ve been lucky that a lot of the ones I
have looked at have some specs listed on CNET – I hope someone has archived their CRT pages,
I’ll be sad when they go down. There you can sometimes find the max bandwidth
and horizontal rate to see what resolutions and refresh rates are supported. They’re not always 100% accurate, but good
for getting a glance’s info at the monitor, if you can’t find anything else. Other times, like with this Impression 200VX
I have, there’s not an ounce of information available by Googling. The size and weight can be a big deal. It may not sound like it at first, but it
really is. Once you start getting to the 20+ inch size
range, these things can weigh up to 80-ish pounds in some cases. And it’s by no means an evenly-distributed
weight, it’s all in the front. This 21” Impression monitor is almost 70
pounds, as is this big Gateway. While CRTs were built to last, the components
do die eventually, and there’s not many repair shops left that will touch them – and
it’s VERY dangerous to open them up and work on yourself. The voltages running through there would put
more than a little sizzle in your step. (I haven’t found ANYWHERE local to me that
will touch them.) A lot of these monitors were the ugly beige
or white, which can yellow over time. Some retro-brite can take care of this, but
it is extra work. This Gateway VX1120 that I got for free is
a very high end monitor with a maximum horizontal refresh rate of 121kHz, but it’s very worn
and dying – the screen is incredibly dark and almost unusable. I can try to open it up and adjust a dial
to brighten it more, but that may not fix the issue. And now it’s up to me to safely dispose
of this 72 pound beast. And burn-in IS an issue. If you find some that were in offices or healthcare
spaces where the same screen had been pulled up for years on end – you’ll have burn-in
such as on this screen here, which isn’t really fixable. If it’s light such as on this screen here,
you won’t notice it much in-game, but it can be obvious on scenes of pure dark or a
solid color background, or something. Thankfully, most PC CRT monitors do degauss
themselves upon starting up, but you have a built-in degauss tool in the OSD menus,
so no need for a degauss wand or coil if you do somehow develop issues which require that
specific fix. Sometimes you’ll find one and someone has
chopped off the VGA connector to recycle the copper. A lot of CRTs did not have detachable VGA
cables, so good luck soldering on a new one to that mess. And if you bite off more than you can chew
with a giant CRT, it’s not something you can easily get rid of, either. There’s the issue of physically moving it,
sure, but it’s not something you can just dispose of. You should never put electronics in the trash,
but rather send them to recycling centers or send in programs such as through Staples,
but it’s actually illegal to put CRT monitors in the trash. They’re dangerous to waste employees and
to the environment. Some cities have recycling centers you can
drop them off at, but the end locations are actually nothing but a stockpile of these,
as they have been completely unable to keep up with the disassembly process. If you do need to get rid of one, I highly
request you start with Craigslist, local Facebook seller groups, LetGo and Offerup. Don’t expect to get much money for it, but
list it for free and someone will take it. Or put it on the edge of your yard near the
street with a “FREE” sign on it and pickers will likely grab it. Some people can see the actual image flicker
or refresh of the screen on a CRT monitor at 60hz. This is usually resolved by going literally
any higher than 60hz, it’s something I see sometimes, but it’s there. This can lead users to get headaches from
CRT usage, which can really suck. I did mention that they’re not compatible
with your old game consoles. There are some fancy multi-sync monitors that
can do both, such as from NEC, but these aren’t common. Instead, you would have to use an upscaler
or line doubler – such as the Open Source Scan Converter or Retro TINK to make this
happen. I LOVE doing this – I have this running in
my retro game room, running my older consoles through the OSSC line doubler means I get
sharper retro games blown up on my nicer-looking PC CRT monitor, and still nearly lag-free. I run the systems into their appropriate switches,
either for component, RGB via SCART or VGA for the Dreamcast, then into the OSSC. Then I take the OSSC’s HDMI output and run
it through the HD Fury Nano GX to fit it to VGA and we’re good to go. This monitor can handle all of the full scaling
modes of the OSSC – even 5x. It’s awesome. GameCube via component cables at 480p 2x mode,
is amazing. BUT this is a complex setup, and gets quite
price, so certainly not for everyone. For systems that already output 480p, but
through Component YPbPr cables, you can get transcoders that just convert the signal type
without adding lag. Just be careful to not get one that tries
to scale the signal – you don’t want a scaler, just a transcoder. Check out Key Digital for some. I’ll try to have a couple examples linked
in the description. If you want to buy a CRT monitor – look local. Facebook Marketplace or local Facebook groups,
Craigslist, LetGo, OfferUp, driving around neighborhoods. Avoid eBay – everything is price gouged to
take advantage of those wanting to get into retro gaming, and shipping these things is
usually a death sentence. I actually bought TWO of these Impression
200VX to go together, but one got killed in shipping. It was sad. This is incredibly common. Press F to pay respects. Keep checking regularly. I have found the ones I have by creating a
custom Craigslist search as a bookmark, and just checking it weekly. Sometimes new things pop up. Most people don’t even want money for these. I can’t make the choice of picking up a
CRT for you. It can be an easy decision “oh pick up this
little old monitor and enjoy peak display experience,” or it can be a super involved
process, depending on how you want to approach it. I can’t, in good faith, blindly just say
“Yeah go buy one,” but I do think it can be a good experience for many with an open
mind. I started with the a small IBM with burn-in
from a buddy, and now have FIVE CRT monitors, in my apartment as well as a few CRT TVs. There are options available to you, factors
to consider, use cases to really evaluate, and risks involved – but a CRT computer monitor
can be an amazing gaming and overall experience. If you want to get serious about CRTs, consider
joining a Facebook group that I’m a part of called “The CRT Collective” linked
in the description, and we also have a PC CRT group branched off of it. I’m EposVox, and thanks for listening to
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100 thoughts on “CRT PC Monitors: Ancient Trash or Display Treasure?

  1. I remember my old CRT monitor being able to do 180Hz, but also wondering if it actually made a difference, well, the mouse certainly moved faster, but I could still see flicker and it still gave me dreadful headaches. I still get headaches sometimes with LCD/LED, but not anywhere near as frequent or as bad, so I'll never go back to a CRT monitor. I wouldn't mind getting as CRT TV again though for the old retro systems, not as bad when you can sit back far enough from the TV then.

  2. complete fucking idiot and cheapstake just to say that the old monitors have some benefits that cant overcome the small resolution dont make ur fucking videos 20 mins

  3. I see no use of CRT monitors. TV's maybe. But computer monitors, hell know. I don't regret finally getting rid of my old KDS 19" monitor back in 2005. Said goodbye to that crap forever.

  4. I can fix these old beast. One reason people buy this things. To rob them of the parts. To repair the best ones.

  5. Is like phones in 2000' we have different types of phones and now we have black rectangles everywhere

  6. Wait a second, I've been using one of these things as an end table. You mean it can display the moving pictures too? Mind blown.

  7. I just recently sold my Samsung SyncMaster 997DF that I bought in 2015. The buyer wanted to play games with high refresh rate on it. Specs state 1920×1440, but it went higher than that given the video card.

  8. If your playing games like Titanfall 2 a CRT display is questionable (not downplaying the frame rate and its form of resolution), questionable by the size of the display itself and having a high FOV well is hard without having a bigger display and like he said, rare and expensive and especially since we’re beginning to get to the point where CRTs aren’t exactly the high end of graphics. if you want an absolute best display in 1-5 years we could be having wildly higher resolutions and frame rates especially since things like the PS5 (I know it will most certainly not support CRT) supporting apparently 8k graphics the standards are getting higher

  9. Its all marketing bullshit.
    I saw the same thing with hybrid cars and advertisers saying "gets 35 miles per gal!" and im sitting there remembering my first car, which was 400 dollars, that was 1984 hatchback honda accord and that fucker got 35 in town and out of town i was able to drive over 400 miles on half a tank of gas.
    But hey, good thing 15 years later we got 40,000 dollar hybrids to match it!
    At least in town, out of town cars still don't match it.

  10. HDR has been around since Half Life 2, steams free copy of HL2 Lost Coast was designed to specifically demonstrate HDR

  11. Cool. Light gun games the best type of games needs CRT:-) Though, only the Dreamcast light gun sensors work with the higher refresh rate of PC CRT monitors (Saturn guns and lower won't work, its sensors won't support it).

    Is a good flat PC CRT as good as BVM and PVM?

    God bless, Proverbs 31

  12. New Sony GDM 400PS owner here 😉; If i use a HDMI to VGA adapter there will be a quality loss ? Have you ever tried ?

  13. are the AOC Onyx MM-201 worth anything ? found a couple of them for sell for dirt cheap, seller claims some are new even inside the packaging.

  14. LCD is way sharper than CRT both are like comparing a projected image vs the image drawn on a wall, the drawn one will always be sharper, I guess that's why in low resolution the CRT looks way better because the image is actually soft not sharper… while using a high resolution LCD in a small package everything is just razer sharp at its native resolution off course, however some good tv's have a really nice upscaller like the 4K one I have, it even seems to add some kind of antialiasing and other crap, however for gaming they just dont work, my TV has a huge input lag, can only play with gaming mode which colors, contrast and that nice sharper image all goes away and still is too high input lag, but my 4K TV is very old a 2015 model, nowadays 4K tv's have way lower input lag than mine and some get close to a already good monitor…

    Colors and contrast on the CRT is much worse compared to even a lot of cheap LCD's (though there are still indeed some very dodgy LCD's even nowadays that look terrible and worse than a good CRT) and in brightness theres blinding super bright LCD's out there specially on TV's going close to 1000 nits even in SDR and the color standard is way higher than CRT.

    The 2018 Samsung Q9 QLED TV for example even though it works a bit different than a normal LCD with normal white leds backlight, has a huge amount of contrast with true native 6055:1 and goes up to 19018:1 using the local dimming which actually works pretty good on that high end TV since it has a good amount of dimmable led areas in my opinion it even kills the LG OLED in many things. Even for gaming the Q9 TV is not bad, it can do 120hz and supports Freesync and has good motion which would please 90% of gamers (off course a gaming monitor is better).

    Though the future will definitely be microled since JBD already shown in 2018 a 5000ppi 1 million nits of brightness microled displays though they were either Red, Green or blue and they had a RGB one combining the 3, but they were working on a RGB one since then. 1 million nits jeez its even way too bright for anyone to watch, they will even have to reduce its brightness 🙂 (ppl watching them had to wear some glasses that looked like sunglasses LOL).

    ps: I can't say I ever liked much CRT, the latest one we had was like a 18 or 19 inch samsung close to 2000's and was expensive, but when I bought my first LCD in 2004 even being super slow lagged, crappy motion and even crappy contrast back then or not amazing brightness or colors, my eyes thanked me a lot, the CRT melted my eyes too much and buying a filter above it makes it look worse too. Also all my CRT tv's after some years all got blurred, out of focus or the image started distorting, the one I had was like a 13 inch small tv in my room since the 90s and it got fixed several times but the images was already completely screwed and it end up exploding with a HUGE bang that even scared the fuck out of me lol (sounded like a bomb). I have always had luck with my LCD's, none ever lost their quality and never had a broken one, guess I'm lucky since a friend of mine bought a expensive Sony big TV like 3 years ago and 4 days later the image was all corrupted lol, my 2004 LCD is still working and looking the same as new and was a Samtron not even a good samsung and was used quite a lot of thousands and thousands of hours.

  15. Yeah, I would have agreed with you about CRTs being better, until about 2002. The fact is that in about 20 years, LCD monitors have managed to go from their infancy to by far surpassing what CRTs built up in over a century. Yes, CRTs looked sharper in non-native resolutions compared to native, but that's just because CRTs never looked that sharp in their native resolution anyway. And when it comes to the refresh rate, the flickering of CRTs meant that I always had to have them on a resolution of at least 70Hz or more just to look at them for a long time, whereas I've been looking at this LCD TV for hours on 60 Hz, and I've got no problems because the screen isn't constantly flashing on and off all the time. And yeah, my main monitor is 144Hz, but it's not as if it was exactly expensive, even when I bought it a couple of years back. Come off it man, I get why people are nostalgic about these things, but you're just coming off as being into this stuff for pure hipster reasons.

  16. I was using a Samsung CRT till this year, decided to buy an IPS. It is better in only one regard – colors are brighter. CRT indeed had tons of resolutions (I used 1600×1200 85Hz), had MUCH deeper blacks, greys were seamlessly blending into one another (instead of a "ladder" of different shades), and it was sharper and had no visible "cubes"pixels. Also I loved how when you turn the brightness lower CRT made the blacks and greys much darker, but left whites and bright spots as they were. IPS just tones down everything, and thus I can't get as realistic a picture as on CRT.

  17. My CRT has boldly gone where no CRT has boldly gone before. I still have two of these working monsters on the attic (lack of space). It took two of us getting them up there but I probably need the fire departement to get both back below.

  18. I remember when i used a CRT monitor.

    I was blasted with immense radiation every time that often gave me terrible headaches.

    So everytime i go near my CRT monitor in the basement i get that ghost headache feeling of radiation in my head.

    Im glad i got rid of it but at the same time im a bit nostalgic otherwise i would throw it away.

    Todays monitors are much better with much less radiation emitting and fewever headaches.

    Using a CRT back in the day was like being in a FUKUSHIMA nuclear reactor.

  19. CRT monitors are high quality TVs without a tuner. You just need a box in-between which is usually cheap.

  20. Damn now I feel bad for swaping CRT monitor to LCD one back in the day when LCD start apearing, and only reasions for it was that CRT was taking a lot of space on desk and was considered/rumor that CRT is bad for eyes or something. As far as I remember I had (and still have in garage) a Sony and LG monitors both capable of 180 hz (or 200 hz can't remember corectly) at high resolution that did have realy good image quality.
    After this video I might just give CRT monitors another try 😀

  21. Funny thing this popped up in my recommendations
    My mother has a sony CRT tv which still works great, and I bought a LED TV for her and she refuses to replace the CRT because of how good it sounds and bright it gets, then i plugged them both in and played same video. Sound – CRT wins, image quality, well its kind of a draw.

  22. I don't really miss these screens. They were hell on the eyes and difficult to move. Plus modern displays have caught up imho.

  23. I literally just found a Viewsonic Optiquest Q71 BRAND NEW in my works basement. My boss is letting me have it!

  24. @EposVox I have a Sony GDM-FW900 sitting in storage. It was my go to monitor for the longest time, but i purchased a PG279Q and that was easier to bring around to LANs… for obvious reasons. It is in Perfect working condition. Let me know if you are interested.

  25. ..there's a PC CRT Collective..? I thought CRT Collective are 200% CRT >.< Finally got me another Trini but XBR series fuckin ED. However it's pretty shot tons of runtime but that does it now just need PC monitor again ahh

  26. I got a retrotink and I'm picking up a viewsink crt monitor tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing the results!

  27. if crt was better than the shit we got today imagine the technologies from a thousand years ago, they had Emerald Tablets, once engraved, could last forever !!!!!!!!

  28. CRT is great 👍! If you have 17”-19” or a 32” you will definitely feel good .
    Just put synchronize all things with graphic card to 1024×768 85hz -100hz 32bit color or 800×600 120hz -144hz simulation color . Still display Full HD YouTube videos . A 144hz led display with g-sync cost 250$ , a CRT 2nd cost free – 10$ . This a reason in StarWar movies future world use CRT everywhere , all
    Pro vigilance display CRT.

  29. I actually have a 25" Sony Trinitron CRT Monitor, that still works. I no longer use it, but I do like it. Mine has dual VGA ports on it. 🙂

  30. I've got a 17" crt with me that I have not touched in years. I'm a bit reluctant to turn it on cause I'm afraid it might blow up lol… The vga connector is rusty as well.

  31. CRT Philips Brilliance 202P7

    colors: Sony and NEC excellent [i also have a 17" Sony so i can compare], others very good
    input lag: nothing
    angle of view: 90°
    resolution: max 2K
    refresh: depending on the resolution from 60 to 150 hertz. i use 1024×768 100 hz for normal use, 1600×1200 85 for gaming. all perfect

    the crt gives the best in the online fps, I can go down to 800×600 if I have a very heavy game for the video card. this kept me from spending money every year to upgrade the hardware.
    last year i took the 1050ti. so I play project cars at 1600×1200 85hz 2x SSAA.
    being able to go up and down to resolution at will, for me the problem in online games is always and only the processor, but this summer I take the new ryzen.

  32. excuse me guys, if i get let's say, a retrothink2x and a hdmi mini to vga adapter, will i get a better quality picture for component on a vga crt monitor than component on a crt tv? i mean…is the quality better on a consumer crt vga monitor than in a consumer crt tv?

  33. Currently using a CRT as my main monitor. Looks better than any LCD I have that I can throw at it. 1280×[email protected] I have an eMac sitting next to me that has an even more beautiful display.

  34. "Avoid Ebay"
    I do agree with you, absolutely. Though I did get my 14" PVM from there lol It's great, but I'm actually getting myself a computer monitor since the screen is bigger, plus all the resolution benefits. It's kind of annoying since I can't go higher than 480i on my PVM. Also, if you like scanlines, you can use the RetroTink Ultimate to output a Raspberry Pi at 320p 120hz, which will allow 31khz and will make natural scanlines (Though the provided version of Lakka can be configured to output 480p/720p/1080p through VGA and Component. I use a Raspberry Pi to play GB and GBA games on my PVM over component so that would be a great setup! The only thing I wish were possible to do is to take an old console signal and convert it to a 120hz output to get the same result. I plan to just use the RetroTink 2X as you did.

  35. 1 thing I still don't understand. How come my 1ms 144Hz Asus gaming LCD monitor gets blurry when there's motion? CRT's don't do that. (If you don't notice it, try reading a name on a map as it slowly scrolls.) I've read it's because the crystals can't change states fast enough, but it's just 1ms. Top of the line LCD but it can't do smooth motion.
    Luckily, I've found a little program that strobes the backlight on & off so the pixels aren't lit while transitioning states, & it looks AMAZING, but that doesn't do anything for me when I play my xbox.

    The combination of no motion blur and deeper color depth makes CRT's look sooo much better.

  36. Thanks for good introduction to the world of CRT.
    What do you think about PC Monitors from mid 90s. I'm soon picking up a Goldstar-monitor which came with a PC 486 from around 1994. I was hoping to connect my laptop to it (it has VGA connector) to play some dos games through Dosbox, but I'm a bit unsure if the transfer will work out. Are there any risks in connecting modern computers to old monitors? And how do early 2000 differ from mid to late 90s monitors?

  37. This really is an excellent review and introduction to the late, great CRT. I hung on to CRT tech for both my PC monitor and HDTV until just recently. I had both the Sony FW900 and the Viewsonic P225F 21 inch. But like EposVox says, once they give up the ghost there is no one to fix them. They are old displays with tons of hours on them. I recycled my PC monitors when they quit working, but still have my CRT HDTV, the Sony XBR910.

  38. hdmi to dvi-d have no input lag as both port use digital signal with the only difference is hdmi carrying audio

  39. I would try this but i can hear crts TVs from another room and it is not a pleasant sound so im scared it might be same with monitors :/

  40. A big drive towards LCD was power usage and space. Companies wanted lower electricity bills and more room on desks.

  41. when i was a kid i wanted an rgb monitor for the sega genesis and play wonderboy 5. the problem for the old consoles is the 480i signal .. the vga monitors want 480p ..the hd retrovision has made the component cable but then a transcoder is needed to bring the signal in progressive. as a child I thought it was easier 😓

  42. I wanted to find an old CRT monitor but they are so hard to find now. They were quickly replaced with flat screens and now are virtually extinct. I miss that retro look and quality that only a CRT can offer, flat screens sure are boring!

  43. Please tell what converter from digital to analogue do you use to connect these monitors to modern graphics cards? If you are using any.

  44. I really want a new monitor in a 4:3 ratio. I didnt care as much about crt vs the new monitors, but 16:9 is not my cup of tea.

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