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    Smile Do you still play old video game systems on a CRT TV?

    I still play my Atari 2600 & NES on my 27" Sony Trinitron CRT TV. This TV is 13 years old. Picture Quality is great! Do you still play old video game systems on a CRT TV? In 20 years from now, Will I still be able to take my CRT TV to a repair shop to be repaired? Will there still be CRT rebuilders to rebuild old and antique picture tubes in the United States or other places in the world? Is there a chance that new Analog CRT TV's for classic gaming will come back to the production line in America or be imported to America in the future?

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    I don't currently because I don't have the room, but I have my old Trinitron waiting for the time when I do and all my retro consoles will be on the CRT. As for a good quality CRT, or any CRT for that matter, going back into production... that's never going to happen. People like us make up such a small percentage of the public. There will never be enough of us for any company to have the incentive to produce CRTs again.
    Atari: 2600, Jaguar
    Microsoft: XBox, XBox 360
    Nintendo: NES, GB, GBC, SNES, N64, GameCube, GBA SP, Wii, New 3DS, Wii U
    Sega: SMS, Genesis, Game Gear, Nomad, Sega CD, 32X, Saturn, Dreamcast
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    CRTs aren't really able to be repaired anymore, at least not everywhere. Keep a good one around, because there isn't any chance you'll get a new one any time soon. Hell, most thrift stores and pawn shops don't accept CRTs anymore because nobody wants them. To the average person, they take up too much space and they provide a comically-low resolution picture.

    The main reason that I have a CRT is because I know that the NES Zapper or Super Scope, or the Namco GunCon won't work with my HD TV. There's also the fact that older TVs do make the older games look better - the sometimes-blurry picture makes it so that the game looks like one continuous image, rather than a mess of pixels. CRT TVs also hide a lot of the tricks that developers used to get around color palette limitations and on-screen sprite/character limits.

    Though, in the long run, it's not the end of the world to play these games on a newer TV. You'll have to do it eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixwayshot View Post
    Though, in the long run, it's not the end of the world to play these games on a newer TV. You'll have to do it eventually.
    Tell that to people still using amplifiers with tubes. There are plenty of people still enjoying far obsolete technology. However, I suggest having spare CRTs around.
    Atari: 2600, Jaguar
    Microsoft: XBox, XBox 360
    Nintendo: NES, GB, GBC, SNES, N64, GameCube, GBA SP, Wii, New 3DS, Wii U
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    Quote Originally Posted by crtretrogamer View Post
    Do you still play old video game systems on a CRT TV?
    Hell yes I do. I have the same 27" Trinitron as you....it's fantastic for my old games. I hope I never have to make the switch for them. It's just not the same.

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    Barely. My last CRT on hand is SD only with component input, accepts NES Zapper or Famicom RF usable enough.
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    Every day.

    The CRT won't ever really die. They're fairly easy to repair, or even make. Might get a tad pricey.

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    Yeah I love my CRT. I got one of those 50$ RGB boxes off ebay about a year ago and it works really well with my CRT. Colors are nice and really vibrant. Whenever I play anything thats not PS3 I use my CRT.

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    Yes. I have my 32" Sony Wega in my game room on a TV stand in a closet, a 27" Apex in the basement and a Commodore monitor in storage. I'll keep it classic on the CRTs as long as they last.

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    I still play new games on a CRT.

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    Yes, I love my CRT televisions. I used to have an Emerson 20" with a DVD and VCR built in, but recently replaced it with a 32" Apex because the Apex allows me to adjust brightness and volume without the need for a remote (the Emerson started having problems detecting its remote, and a lot of newer games appear muddy and dark on it).

    Although come to think of it, I never did test to see if light guns will work on my Apex...

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    Currently rocking a SHARP 32" CRT TV in my office / computer room. I have 15 retogaming consoles hooked up to it utilizing 3 composite inputs, 3 switch boxes, and a coax input with a splitter houses my NES and Atari 7800.

    It's the way to go for the classics. They just don't look good on HDTV's having not been designed for them.

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    Nope, no more CRT for me.

    When I bought a PS3 and hooked it to my old CRT via composite I could not play a few games (ex: Skyrim). So I bought a Sony Bravia.

    I hooked my old systems to it, and they look fine to me. I'm not hardcore enough to notice much of a difference honestly, so I'm probably oblivious to any kind of quality loss I might have with this setup.

    Would not go back, I love my new TV, I love HDMI. I hooked my old laptop to it permanently and it kicks major ass as an entertainment center.

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    Yes I still use a CRT television. It's needed to play lightgun games so I won't just get rid of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    Nope, no more CRT for me.

    When I bought a PS3 and hooked it to my old CRT via composite I could not play a few games (ex: Skyrim). So I bought a Sony Bravia.

    I hooked my old systems to it, and they look fine to me. I'm not hardcore enough to notice much of a difference honestly, so I'm probably oblivious to any kind of quality loss I might have with this setup.

    Would not go back, I love my new TV, I love HDMI. I hooked my old laptop to it permanently and it kicks major ass as an entertainment center.
    This is exactly how i felt when i bought my first lcd tv in 2005. But as time goes on, you realize that CRT was so much better for old consoles and you miss it!

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    I still run my older systems on a CRT.
    Gotta have lightgun games!

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    Naw. I love my new TV. Sure, I can't play Duck Hunt on it, but in the long run, that's one small sacrifice I am willing to make for the sake of space-saving and AV ports.

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    i like my duck hunt on my sony CRT.

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    i dont but my Plasma TV doesn't an awesome job with all the consoles, it even manages to do to the Sega 3D correctly. Downside, no light gun games but oh well.

    At some point I will pick up a nice CRT TV so I can store it till I have a place to put one. I'd like to find a nice Sony or Samsung 24+ inch CRT
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    Not at the moment, but I have a 32" Wega that I plan to use if I can ever figure out where to put it. Just finding a stand for a CRT is a pain these days, especially if you don't want to spend a fortune. Anyway I'll definitely use that set for anything that doesn't support component, HDMI, or VGA (though my CRT has component and HDMI). So basically anything before Dreamcast and PS2.
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