antillese I don’t know man, sorry if I’m reading it wrong, you seems be annoyed by loud kids chasing accuracy but we all have our own whales to chase, you know? When you hear people say CRTs are better, please take it as statement of appreciation, not decree. I’m certainly not too high on accuracy but CRTs sure make me feel warm and fuzzy inside and kookoo in the head.
Last year my mom gave me her 32 year old 13 inch composite Sony Trinitron that my dad bought for $100 from a repair shop like 15 years ago. I was shocked at how good it looks running old consoles. I love it! It’s impossible to photograph how good CRTs look.
To my eyes it looks better than my 13 year old $1500 Panasonic plasma tv and my 2 year old $209 27 inch AOC IPS 144hz 1080p gaming monitor running pc emulators/Mister. One of my friends also rediscovered Sony (3 19inch sets inbox from his dad’s coworker) around the same time and was also wowwwwed. It’s a bit of dangerous experience for certain people to see CRTs again in a long long while…..
Sony apparently cheated in loads of color beyond NTSC spec in consumer Trinitrons so it can get super colorful and vibrant. Of course I jack the saturation and brightness way up, total eye candy. Accuracy be damned. I tried to run emulator filters and crank the settings on my plasma and pc monitor but just can’t get there.
Here is comparison I sent over to CRTpixels. It looks blurry because it’s blown up from 13 inch screen but looks clear and even more vibrant in person.
I understand you brought up emulation to comment about people chasing accurate experience but I feel like it’s a bit off topic. CRTs are just monitors so they’re source agnostic on supported connections. Emulators on Wii look amazing on my Sony!! Cleaner than real consoles.
There are “audiophile” level of CRT fandom for sure but the image difference is pretty clear cut to me even on old cheap small consumer CRT with “bad” composite connection. No math, no latency blah blah, no calibration, just purely looking at it with my eye #1 and eye #2. So, am I gatekeeping with my TV that you can still buy for under $200 even on ebay that’s still cheaper than LG gaming monitor?…… YESSSS!!! My 32yo 13in Sony CRT is motherfucking Citizen Kain of TVs and all your TVs/monitors look like poop!!