I’ve been on the hunt for specific models of CRTs for most of the year, and I think (even though I said this about 3 times already) I’m done. If not for having the ones I’ve been searching for (or close enough), then I’m done due to space.
Here’s 3 of them stacked:
The newest addition is the 13″ Trinitron PVM-1380 which is the first encounter I had with a manual 75ohm switch for video out.
Below that is a hand-me-down Panasonic Pro Line CT-1386 with a nice bubble screen.
And below that is a Sony HR Trinitron PVM-8045Q which acts as the main hub monitor and video outs to all of the other monitors. A friend had an extra one and was willing to give it to me if I went to the city and got him a coffee, felt weird carrying it back on the train, but it has a nice handle on it.
On the other side of the shelf is a 5″ and two 9″ CRTs that I thought were just cute and nice to have next to my working desk. They fit perfectly in my shelves, unlike the 13″ ones and the 8″ Trinitron, which need that corner since they’re so deep. Unlike the 3 in the corner, they don’t have built in video out, so I either have to plug them in manually to use them, or I also have a splitter cable as an option, but the signal gets more distorted with that.
The Magnavox RD0946 on the top has the softest screen, even when directly connected to a source, with the Sony KV-9PT40 having the second sharpest looking screen next to the HR PVM-8045Q. That tiny Magnavox on the bottom left has a surprisingly good screen, and also comes equipped with a cute little fold out stand to put it at an angle, and a slide up handle to carry it around (it also doubles as a radio).
CRTs! It’s neat seeing the little differences in the picture on all of them. For a while, I was really into how fuzzy the RD0946’s screen was. Felt warm and cozy to play an older game on.