If a monitor is at 60hz, it hurts my eyes as I can see the flicker.
A CRT theoretically has an infinite contrast ratio as the pixels can be turned off to make a "true" black. I know LCD panels have this automatically adjusting contrast ratio thing these days but it sucks.
I went from an Iiyama CRT (one of the best CRT makers ever. Period) to a Dell 2007WFP (a S-IPS panel) a few years back before pairing it up with my 24" beasty, and the difference in picture quality shocked me when they were placed side by side. The colours were so deep and pretty.