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Re: Flat Monitors [OT]



Tim wrote:

You have to get ridiculously expensive LCD panels to compare to modest
priced CRTs, and that's hardly a realistic test.  A realistic comparison
of vaguely similarly priced domestic sets shows, every time, that a $200
CRT set is vastly superior to a $700 LCD set.  The same goes for
computer monitors - cheaper CRTs producing better pictures than even
more expensive LCDs than the CRT device.

The attempt to pretend that LCDs are better than CRTs is just another
case of the emperor's new clothes.

MTF?  CRTs have _never_ been close to LCDs.

When we have twenty year old LCD displays still going strong, I might
believe that.  Oh yes, CRT sets can have a long life.

It's no accident that traditional CRT manufacturers
(e.g. Sony, Sharp) have shut down their manufacturing lines.

It's called marketing.  The current technology trends, LCDs, digital
video, etc., have been a step backwards in quality.  For years the push
was to improve the quality of devices, in more recent times it's been to
see just how poorly things can be gotten away with (e.g. using the
heaviest compression and lowest resolutions possible to get acceptable
results).

It takes a really crap CRT (and there are examples of that) to look
worse than a LCD.



I have two 20" CRT Sun monitors, they're rated at 1600x1200 (but I accidentally ran one much higher than that once). Sun sells damned find screens, IMV, Mine were actually made by Sony, and others - HP and SGI included, sold the same screens with their own branding.

More recently I ran them at 1280x1024, principally on account of my aged eyes.

I also have a DELL 1800FP Ultrasharp which _I_ find easier to use (albeit I'm limited to 1280x1024) than the bigger Sun Screens. I sit fairly close: with my eyes level with the bottom I can easily read the top of the screen, when I sit to the side where my eyes are level with the edge, there is a bit of darkening - but I don't normally sit there.

I'm also pretty happy with this:
(II) RADEON(0): Panel ID string: Samsung LTN150P1-L02
(II) RADEON(0): Panel Size from BIOS: 1400x1050

It's in my Thinkpad.

Back to Sun: here are Sun's current screens:
http://www.sun.com/desktop/index.jsp?tab=2
If you were going to buy a Sun screen today, it would be LCD.
Same at HP: see http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/en/WF04a/382087-382087-64283-72270-444767.html



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