What's changed with CRTs in the last 10 years???

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Jerboy, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. Jerboy

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    Now you can get a 19" for $199

    My dad bought a 17" Sony CRT in mid 90s and I think the beast cost around $800 in 1996 dollars. CRT technology was already mature by 90s and I don't know what changed so much.

    Why were computer CRTs so expensive back then?
     
  2. Jerboy

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    Cell phones and computers are rapidly advancing and this is the reason a computer/cell phone from 1996 is close to useless.

    What's changed so much in computer CRTs? CRT technology has been around since the 50s
     
  3. Goonigoogoo

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    Exactly.

    Even LCD's ... in the past 18 months LCD's have dropped 40-60% in price. In 2004 i was in the mood for a 19" LCD but it was 899 CAN$ now they can be had for 300$ +

    CRT technology has been around for a LONG time, that's why the quality is superior to LCD screens, but the gap is closing pretty fast, i'd say another 5-10 years LCD's will be of equal visual quality compared to CRT's.
     
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    more demand for lcd's
     
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    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    So, what are the advantages of LCD over CRT?
     
  6. Goonigoogoo

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    Less bulky, less heat, and they look better.
     
  7. Peyomp

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    Easier on the eyes.
     
  8. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    High production volumes = low cost per unit

    Supply and demand also matters. Who would pay $500 for a 19" CRT today when you can get a nice 19" LCD for $300? That'll keep the margins down.
     
  9. Jerboy

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    There's an explanation. The technology for improved manufacturing yield of larger LCDs is improving, thus lowering the cost. Large LCDs are recent things. Reduction in cost of LCD explains the lower laptop cost as well, however laptops tradtionally used 15" or smaller LCDs.

    Which doesn't explain why a 17" CRT for PC cost $1000 in 1996(in 2005 dollars) is now ~$100 to $150. 17" size CRT technology has been mature for decades.

    Automobiles are not advancing much and even after factoring in the inflation, cars are more expensive now than then.
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    The thing that changed about CRTs is that they became obsolete. LCDs are approaching reasonable prices and consistent quality, so the companies that make CRTs are still making them either to squeeze a little more money out of the "infernal newfangled contraption" crowd or to help pay off all their new LCD-making equipment.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Cars cost more because:

    - The materials cost more. As more countries in the world approach our level of development, the demand for steel and aluminum and silicon goes up and the price follows closely behind. World War II could never happen today because the First-World countries don't have a lock on the metals market anymore.

    - The workers cost more. Health insurance is insanely expensive because of all the middlemen who scoop off their 10% of the total payments.
     

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