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Updated on August 19, 2014

Why A CRT Tube TV Still Makes Sense

Plasma and LCD televisions get all the press. Their slim profile and huge screen sizes certainly catch eyes on the show room floor. Unfortunately the price tag on such televisions reflects their newer technology, costing far more than a traditional CRT tube TV.

For many who go shopping for a new television, there's a reluctance to look at the older technology known as Cathode Ray Tube, tube TV or CRT TV. This is unfortunate because for millions of consumers these sets still make a lot of sense. With CRT flat screen TV, slimmer profiles, and even widescreen viewing, these sets aren't your grandfather's TV.

On this page learn more about:

How a CRT tube TV works The advantages and disadvantages of owning a tube TV What Size CRT tube TV you should buy Parts and repairs information for a CRT TV Recent improvements in CRT TV technology

The Advantages of CRT Tube TVs

The traditional CRT television of today is somewhat different than the tube TV that was on the market twenty years ago.

A CRT tube TV is slimmer than it was 10 or 15 years ago by several inches. In addition it is possible to get a 16:9 aspect ratio, or what is termed "wide screen", tube TV although they do cost a bit more. In fact, Samsung offers the "Slim Fit" line which is an HD TV. A CRT tube TV can offer a flatter screen, reducing problems with glare and looking more modern too. These screens have excellent viewing from almost every angle. Today's tube TV is based on a more seasoned technology than plasma and LCD. They tend to be very dependable and long lived. A CRT tube TV also tends to be much more affordable as the manufacturing process has been refined over many years. In many instances it costs more to repair an LCD or DLP TV than to purchase a brand new CRT set. A tube TV provides outstanding picture quality with standard definition viewing. LCD and plasma have a better picture only if you pay for the upgraded HD programming available through a cable or satellite company.

A new CRT tube TV has a digital tuner and will be able to pick up the digital signals now broadcast by all stations. Installation of a CRT TV is simple. Bring your new tube TV home, take it out of the box, set it where you like, plug it in and you are ready to start viewing your favorite shows.

The Disadvantages of CRT Tube TVs

Plasma and LCD TV's do have some advantages. Buyers should assess these carefully and they may find that for their needs these issues don't matter in their situation.

A CRT tube TV tends to be heavier and bulkier for it's size. If you don't move your television around much this shouldn't matter. If you plan on using a table or entertainment center to house your television you will save no space by paying for the slimmer design of plasma or LCD displays. A tube television generally will not display high definition pictures as well as an LCD or Plasma display. If you are paying for a premium HD cable or satellite picture, the quality will be better with an LCD or plasma screen. CRT tube TVs tend to top out around 36" so if you want a larger screen you need to go to a CRT Projection TV (some shown below), DLP, Plasma, or LCD.

If you want one they can be hard to find and the choice is limited. You can shop on eBay or on Amazon for CRT TV sets.

How Does a CRT Tube TV Work?

It's goofy, it's old, but it's still the same basic idea.

What Size TV Do You Need?

The size television you want will depend upon where you will sit to view it. One general recommendation is to measure the distance from where the screen will be located to the chair or sofa where the viewer will most often sit. Measure this distance in inches and then divide by 4.5. This will provide an indication of the minimum screen size.

For instance, if the distance measured is 144 inches (12 feet) then divide that by 4.5 and the result will be 32; meaning that a 32 inch screen is recommended.

Improvements in CRT Tube TVs

CRT tube TVs have evovled. Now there are CRT flat screen TVs, slimmer models, widescreen viewing and much more.

CRT Tube TV Parts and Repair

Looking for information on tube TV repairs or parts? Take a look at the resources below.

Introduction Photo Credit: hamron

The Advantages of Tube TV: jsf539.

Disadvantages of Tube TV Photo Credit: Daniel Ross

What Size TV Do You Need: ppdigital.

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    • tropicalmonsoon1 profile image

      tropicalmonsoon1 6 years ago

      I've got a 32" CRT TV thats 20+ years old =D Works great!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have a proline CRT - passed down to me 5 years ago and still works with a charm

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      Yep tube Tv's in my house too! Maybe when those LCD's get cheaper I will get one! Rated and an angel blessing for you.


    • rebeccahiatt profile image

      rebeccahiatt 9 years ago

      I still have a tube TV and it works great.

    • RichLeighHD profile image

      RichLeighHD 9 years ago

      It's still Tube TV all the way for me! Great lens, thoroughly enjoyed the read. A lot of interesting information provided here.