I was forced to get a CRT when I got an AES. Because my LCD couldn't handle the refresh rate I guess. So I picked up a 27" RCA CRT for $15 at a Salvation Army. It worked great, I played most my games on it, but it was just too damn big. We moved from an already small apartment into an even smaller house, so it had to go. My friend showed me the magic of the Commodore 1701, and I absolutely had to have one. By chance I met a guy who had one and I traded him some old computer stuff for it. It has a composite input on the front and separate Chroma and Luma inputs on back. So I made an S-Video cable adapter for it and was in complete heaven. I thought that video quality from older systems just didn't get any better. It was like there was a Magician in there making the video signal all crystal clear and shit. It was amazing..... But I found out today.... It gets even better....
The Sony PVM-1350. This thing really needs to be seen to understand the amazing picture quality. I read all the time in gaming forums about how these are the pinnacle of video quality. Composite, S-Vid, and Native RGB. Also, NTSC and PAL compatible. Every aspect of the picture can be adjusted to perfection. The blacks are super black, and the colors just pop off the screen. You would really need to see one of these to get the full effect. They are amazing. From what I read, these were never sold at the consumer level, and cost several thousand dollars a piece. I never thought I would get my hand on one, but I did today.
I was reading on neo-geo.com about these and decided to pop it in ebay to get a just on these. The top result was a 13" with only a few minutes left and one bid at 99¢. The description said local pickup available and the seller was located in LA. I rushed in at 20 secs left with an $11 bid. I ended up winning at $10.50. I talked to the seller and he gave me the address of his work where he will have the monitor waiting for me at the receptionist desk. So today I drove up to LA had a fun day out with the family, had lunch in Hollywood, my son enjoyed the sidewalks with the big stars on them. We eventually got to the address he gave me in Burbank. It was a freaking movie studio. I had to sign papers and how my ID and stuff. Called the receptionist, she verified that there was a package for me, picked it up, drove home. It's so neat to think that my new gaming monitor was used for video editing or something related. Now it sits on my desk and I play games on it.
So yeah. There is my story! Share your CRT setups!