Among OLED, plasma and LCD with LED backlight, publish a test of a TV with CRT technology might seem like a provocation. With the passing of the pages you will discover that you are out of the way. This is not retro-review and even a new editorial line “vintage”. The decision to review what is probably one of the last TV Color CRT “entry-level” to be produced, it does not mean that they are not even mad. At least not yet.
What then is behind this review? First of all, to be nostalgic for the good old days of AVS MUST be at least one test of a CRT TV. In addition, through this review, I will address the operation of the CRT technology that precedes other articles on other display technologies (LCD, plasma, OLED, to keep silent projectors). Finally, this article will be a prerequisite to another job that took me several months of intense research and it is finally finished: motion-blur and measure response times .
Returning to the subject of this test, it is one of the last CRT products from Thomson (a company of which we have only the brand) that I have chosen only because it is in my possession for a few years (paid 169 Euro but should still be Available online at about 300 Euro). The kinescope, produced by Thomson in Poland, has a diagonal of 29 “and an aspect ratio of 4:3. The TV is fairly inexpensive and essential: only pin SCART inputs and RCA / S-video, only accepts signal and standard definition interlaced scanning. Simply put, you can only play 576i or 480i.
An interesting note concerns the mode in 16:9: although the CRT is 4:3, by pressing a button you can confine the deflection of cathode rays only in the aspect ratio to 16:9. The image will be smaller, there will be black bars above and below; on the other hand anamorphic sources (DVD and digital TV), will be played at their native resolution with an increase of details rather sensitive. I repeat: this is not a resampling (scaling) of digital: the image is actually drawn with all the scanning lines but with aspect ratio 16:9. Credit : avmagazine.it
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