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Just picked up an old CRT TV and holy moly this is a gamechanger

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So my grandmother is moving house and was going to throw out a big old SD TV she doesn't use anymore, one of those big buggers that's so bulky and heavy it takes two people to move it safely. I offered to take it off her hands instead of it going straight to landfill, and this morning I decided to fire up my old SNES on it.

Holy. Crap.

First off, the difference in input latency over a HDTV is immediately noticeable. It feels instantaneously responsive, as opposed to what felt like a good quarter second of delay playing SNES on my flat panel. The difference in just how good it feels to play is night and day superior. I used to think I'd just lost my touch at older games, but apparently it's just that I was being handicapped by input latency. Well no more, and it feels soooo good.

Then of course there's the difference in image quality. My SNES games look fucking gorgeous on it, especially compared to all the nasty artefacts you get when playing them on a HDTV. Everything is just so smooth and vibrant. Fired up Donkey Kong Country, and on the CRT it still might be one of the best looking games I've ever seen.

I'm just geeking out now, but wow, I never realized just how much I was missing by playing my older systems on a HDTV. Playing on CRT is just so much better in terms of gameplay and visuals I can't overstate it. I mean I knew this, in theory, but the hands-on, eyes-on difference is so much more stark than I was expecting.

It's kinda weird, in a way, that such obsolete technology is so much better than its modern equivalent in some ways.



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I have two flat-screen CRT's in the front room hooked up for older consoles. I have a Sony VCR on one of them as well. One is a Sony 27 inch WEGA Trinitron and the other is a Daewoo. The color on them is great and yeah it's super responsive and older games look so much better on them. Esp sprite-based games. It's funny. I have a Dreamcast hooked up to one CRT and in my other room I have another Dreamcast hooked up with HDMI and as great as the Dreamcast with HDMI looks. The colors pop more on the CRT.



This is why in my basement I have a 65” 4K OLED With several consoles hooked up to it and literally touching it is a 30” CRT with several consoles hooked up to it.



Yep. This is why I have a CRT TV in my games room for all the 6th gen consoles and older.
Would like to get a bigger display if I can, around the 30" mark. But still.



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CRTs are great, this was my pretty flat, 38 inch (roughly) CRT with my older consoles. This was comparable to a washing machine in weight. Excuse the dust, or don't, but it's there anyway! I had to part ways when moving though, it was just too much. I wish I'd just suffered the pack pains and extra trip to take it with me.



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I have a small cheap CRT next to my 4K TV.
The games look pretty decent on it, but I'll pick a good big CRT whenever I can.
It makes old school gaming feel a lot more natural.



I want a new crt for my old consoles. They’re just so damn heavy that’s the problem.



That's why the Mini SNES exists.



Azzanation said:
That's why the Mini SNES exists.

I don't see Cybernator or Metal Warriors on it or The Soul Blazer trilogy.



Leynos said:
Azzanation said:
That's why the Mini SNES exists.

I don't see Cybernator or Metal Warriors on it or The Soul Blazer trilogy.

It's very simple to add those games onto the Mini SNES.