The last of the CRT generation

This evening, I finally committed to purchase an LCD television, replacing my 8-year-old trusty CRT TV.

I have been a strong advocate of analogue television for its, well, analogue quality. Free-to-air channels are still broadcasting on analogue signals, and so, if you watch them on digital televisions, they will look pixelated, as if you are watching from a VCD player. Even DVDs look less stellar on digital TV sets because the resolution does not match pixel-by-pixel and therefore digital TV sets need to up-sample (extrapolate). My dad has been dangling this carrot for months, even offering to pay for the new TV, but I didn’t budge, because I really don’t need to spend that money on an electrical item that I spend less than an hour every day (no qualms spending on PCs, though, for obvious reasons).

So what made me change my mind?

1. Value.
2. Eye comfort.

The Panasonic TX-37LX80 is offering $988 at Courts, with $200 shopping voucher. That model is not Full HD, and I don’t even know (or care) what other advanced features it has (or hasn’t). Some of you would probably be naying my decision, but price value is my only consideration. A $788 37-inch LCD TV from a branded Japanese company? It’s a no-brainer choice.

The other reason is eye-comfort. The old TV is showing images at 50/60Hz, and definitely not ideal for children. Plus, that trademark buzzing sound at high frequency coming out from every CRT TV probably doesn’t go well on children’s ears as well.

Just to make myself feel better, the brochure price for this model is $1799 (with some freebies with $379).

So, does it look like a good deal?

But, all the talk about Full HD, and here a techie is getting an “outdated” model? Well, I seriously don’t see the need for a Full HD, unless you are a Blu-Ray disc enthusiast or if you own a Full-HD video camcorder. Even so, normal HD can still playback the footages. Having said that, there is no harm getting a Full HD TV if the price is right. Sad to say, the next cheapest Full HD TV in Courts is about $1500. Not worth to spend, if you ask me.

Anyway, this argument about analogue vs. digital has been going on for ages, from photography to video, to TV and audio. What’s for sure is that the analogue days are over, and digital will go all out to produce quality that surpasses the analogue medium, especially the reproduction of the analogue dynamic range.

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