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So, I have an opportunity to buy a decent CRT in place of my current LCD (in my main rig), but there are 4 potential ones I can get, and I don't know/can't find anything on the net about them besides basic specs - and that's why I'm here. smile.gif Is there anyone that can advise me which CRT I should go for (assuming that they can do around 1680x1050@120Hz or better)? Here they are:

  1. 21" Dell™ P1130 CRT Monitor
  2. 21" CRT MONITOR (NEC FE2111SB)
  3. Nokia 445XiPlus 21" CRT Monitor
  4. Compaq P110 21" CRT Monitor

Price is not a factor here at all. I can get all of these 4 combined for $150, but that's a lot of CRT's, and I don't have room for that many. Now, of course, none of this will matter if you guys tell me that these CRT's are inferior to my 120Hz LCD performance wise, but I'm expecting otherwise. Anyway, the main specific thing I'm wanting to get out of an CRT is a really high refresh rate at a medium-largish resolution; after that comes image quality and color reproduction.
 
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I'd say get the Dell, I hear they have very nice display quality and a good colour ratio..

From my own exprience I know that NEC like to cheap out on the cap's on their display's .. so if you do get the NEC, I'd keep an eye on them caps.

Also, CRT's mess up your eyes, but they are 10000x better than any LCD I've ever used ^_^ CRT <3 thumb.gif
 
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I say number 1.
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I think your goal of having medium resolution (1680x1050) at high refresh rate (120Hz) is unlikely achieved through any one of these four CRT monitors.

 

My brief internet search shows:-

 

Dell P1130 : optimal 1280x 1024 at 85Hz, highest preset 1600x1200 at 85Hz, highest addressable 2048x1536 at 80 Hz

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/p1130/en/g_ug/specs.htm

 

NEC FE2111SB : recommended 1600x1200 at 85Hz, max 1920x1440 at 76Hz

http://www.superwarehouse.com/NEC_MultiSync_FE2111SB_White_22_CRT_Monitor/FE2111SB/ps/203913

 

Nokia 445XiPlus : 1600x1280 at 82Hz

http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/crt-monitor/nokia-445xi-plus/

 

Compag P110 : max preset 1600x1200 at 85Hz

http://www.monitorworld.com/Monitors/compaq/p110.html

 

As you can see, they can display at medium resolution but only at around 85Hz.

 

If you do decide to choose among these four CRTs, my main advice is:- examine all of them, preferably side-by-side.  As you are buying one as used, it is important to assess the current condition to see how much 'abuse' they have received over the years. 

 


Edited by windfire - 2/16/12 at 7:03am
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I can tell you from experience that the Dell P1130 is a very nice monitor and beats the pants off any LCD for my purposes. Bear in mind, though, that you won't get a 16:10 aspect ratio out of a 4:3 monitor, at least not practically. The best way to use a good 21" 4:3 monitor, in my experience, is just to run it at the recommended 1600x1200 at 85 Hz. But even at the maximum 2048x1536 at 80 Hz, it does a heck of a job.
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I think your goal of having medium resolution (1680x1050) at high refresh rate (120Hz) is unlikely achieved through any one of these four CRT monitors.

 

My brief internet search shows:-

 

Dell P1130 : optimal 1280x 1024 at 85Hz, highest preset 1600x1200 at 85Hz, highest addressable 2048x1536 at 80 Hz

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/p1130/en/g_ug/specs.htm

 

NEC FE2111SB : recommended 1600x1200 at 85Hz, max 1920x1440 at 76Hz

http://www.superwarehouse.com/NEC_MultiSync_FE2111SB_White_22_CRT_Monitor/FE2111SB/ps/203913

 

Nokia 445XiPlus : 1600x1280 at 82Hz

http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/crt-monitor/nokia-445xi-plus/

 

Compag P110 : max preset 1600x1200 at 85Hz

http://www.monitorworld.com/Monitors/compaq/p110.html

 

As you can see, they can display at medium resolution but only at around 85Hz.

 

If you do decide to choose among these four CRTs, my main advice is:- examine all of them, preferably side-by-side.  As you are buying one as used, it is important to assess the current condition to see how much 'abuse' they have received over the years. 

 


I got similar info from when I did a search. However, I had read on a few forum threads (namely from HardOCP) that some of the monitors can do decent resolutions at high refresh rates, but they are not officially supported. Regarding their availability, these are all used monitors from separate sellers on CL - they're the only ones that are close to my area. There is a Sony FW900 (or whatever it's called) out there, but I'd have to drive a few hours just to get to it, and I can't afford to do that right now.

With all that being said, even if they aren't 100% better than my LCD, I might buy the best one anyway just to see how they compare up close, since the most expensive one is $50.
 
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FW900...?
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Seems this thread was bumped by a bot copying an earlier member's post, but if it's still in the air...

I think the Dell and Compaq probably use the same tube (and the close model numbers are probably a hint too). I think it's a Sony tube. I believe these two, as well as IBM's P260, are all rebrands of the Sony GDM F500 (and likewise, I think the P1130/P1230s and IBM P275 are GDM F520 rebrands).

I couldn't find much on the Nokia other than an odd maximum resolution, and it's not flat horizontally, only vertically. I'm unsure if it's even aperture grille (which is, in my opinion, the way to go).

The NEC seems to be a 21" aperture grille, and probably comparable enough to the others? Honestly, most of those 21" aperture grille CRTs are likely going to be similar enough in most practical regards, and all should be good so long as the individual one is in good shape.

I'd say any besides the Nokia would be good. I'd probably opt for the Dell or Compaq myself.
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Yeah, this was still in the air for sure until a FW900 popped up in my area on CL. The only issue is how far I have to go to get it. If I don't manage to get the 900 for some reason then I will probably go for the Dell (if it's still available). Thanks to everyone for all the advise!
 
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Personally I would get all four of them if I had the opportunity lol but if I had to choose it would be the Dell P1130

I wish high end CRTs like this popped up on Buffalo's craigslist, the best I've seen in 4 months is a Sony Trinitron E400 rolleyes.gif
 
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