I have just disposed of the last CRT device in the house, a 2005 era Sony 28in WEGA Trinitron TV. It soldiered on with a set-top box for digital TV reception after analogue TV was switched off. When new its picture was the best on the market. For a long time its picture was better than many LCD / Plasma displays and it’s only relatively recently that LCDs have bettered it. Its sound quality remained better than most flat panel televisions, it didn’t need a soundbar to make the sound acceptable. Sadly for the last 18months its picture was slowing fading out as the tube went ‘soft’ with failing contrast and pink tinges to the screen. I had to admit defeat and buy a replacement.
I’ve just taken it to the recycling tip. Me and my memsahib were able with a struggle to get it and its stand into the pickup, too awkward to fit in my estate car easily. At the tip one of the workers helped me unload it, he was keen to help till he lifted it and said “Oh no it’s a Sony, they weigh twice as much as other tellys”. The worker said it was quiet day, at 3pm they only had 7 LCD tellys for recycling and mine was the only CRT. He said they normally get about 20x LCDs a day, this in a site serving a town with a population of 70000!
I’ve had a rummage about the far recesses of the loft and there are no CRT PC monitors lurking anywhere. The house is devoid of CRTs. This is the first time in nearly 60 years where I’ve not been living in a building with at least one CRT in it. What’s funny is 2x Sony Trinitron TVs lasted from 1996 to 2019. Both where still working but both tubes showing sign of going ‘soft’. Compared with PC monitors where since 1993-2013 I’ve had 13in, 15in, 17in & 2x 19in monitors, all of which failed by going pfffft and releasing the magic white smoke that makes them work. The 2x 19in were high-end monitors salvaged from the server room at work after we replaced CRTs with LCDs. Never had a Sony PC monitor so I wonder if it would have gone on and on and on like the consumer TVs did.
So that’s no CRTs at home and the last few contests my group has been active have had no valved (tubed) PAs in use. The times they are a’changing (albeit slowly chez FMF).
Who is still using CRT monitor for their PC or CRT for the telly?