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Old 20th April 2009, 12:17   #1
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i'm planning to buy a 21 inch CRT tv. Which one will be the best one to buy?I'm going for a CRT as my budget is too narrow.I've shortlisted Sony, Samsung, LG and panasonic..Write in ur experience and ownership reviews of these brands..I currently own a Sony wega and am compltely satisfied with it.
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If your happy with a Sony. Why not be a repeat customer? LG is the second best option to choose. If i am not wrong, they are the leaders in CRT sales.
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Thanx mobike, Hows samsung?? I've heard a lot about samsung , i mean they have some very slim tv's..
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Thanx mobike, Hows samsung?? I've heard a lot about samsung , i mean they have some very slim tv's..
From my experience, Samsung are not that great in CRT's. They are really good in LCD and even Sony uses Samsung's panel and ties its technology to it and sells under its brand name.

If you want a change, then go for LG, superb image clarity and sound clarity the best ( they come with woofers on side and top panel).
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21 inch?I bought a 29 incher philips CRT almost 2 months now.we had a 21inch sony kirara-basso KV-J21MF1AK which was fried(PCB burnt) quiet a lot of time from lightning surges came through cable connection.Philips is good in quality ,so is sony. LG-really?When I was in market for one ,philips is what most recommended.
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I have used Onida black for around 9 years before upgrading to an LCD TV. No problems till the time it went!
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21 inch?I bought a 29 incher philips CRT almost 2 months now.we had a 21inch sony kirara-basso KV-J21MF1AK which was fried(PCB burnt) quiet a lot of time from lightning surges came through cable connection.Philips is good in quality ,so is sony. LG-really?When I was in market for one ,philips is what most recommended.

Can you please let me know the width and height of the TV ? I am looking for a 29incher but am limited by the space of my cabinet.
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LG-really?When I was in market for one ,philips is what most recommended.
I have used 2 LG CRT 29" in quick succession and found both of them pretty good in image and sound quality. It's just that i get bored with TV's in 3-4 years and give them a once over with a new one.

Right now i am using a 40" Samsung LCD and it's already 1.4 years and I am bored with it and will go for a 50" LCD in a year or so.

Waiting for the prices to take the plunge
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Panasonic gives 29" with woofer for 13.5k and awesome picture quality.

Why settle for 21?
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Hitanshu, again.. the dimensions please ,especially the accurate height.
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I am using LG 29" CRT since 4.5 years. I am still happy with it. Nice colors and sharp picture when mated with Tata Sky or a DVD player. I don't have the dimension handy but i too had the height constraint when buying for the tv. So i went for one without a woofer on the top. The audio is not that great but since i have Philips HT system, that compensates the audio.

I am planning to use it for another 3 - 4 years before i upgrade to a LCD.

I compared it with Philips and Sony when shopping and i felt Philips picture on default settings was softer than required and LG's picture was very close to Sony.
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Can you please let me know the width and height of the TV ? I am looking for a 29incher but am limited by the space of my cabinet.
Width:79cm
Height:50cm(the protruding part towards rear)
Depth: 59cm

All approximate .
According to User Manuel :
model :29PT5607/94
Set Dimensions(WxHxD): 781x485.5x588(mm)

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I have a 29 inch 100HZ Phillips CRT TV which has HD and Progressive Scan and 100HZ Mode. I highly recommend it, if its cheap now. (I Paid around 25k when purchasing that). Have a look at that if its 10-15k now. Dont pay more than 15k for this TV as it doesn't have HDMI, so HD over component will be useful only if you are using a graphics card/HTPC with this TV. But the quality of the Video is amazing comparing to my Sony 21" CRT (You need a good DTH Connection to find the difference). This TV has Pixel Plus and it beats any 21/29 inch Sony TV in its price range.

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I paid 7k for this last October.
21 " Onida.

Loved the shape more than the features.
Onida

Quite satisfied with it.
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i'm planning to buy a 21 inch CRT tv. Which one will be the best one to buy?I'm going for a CRT as my budget is too narrow.I've shortlisted Sony, Samsung, LG and panasonic..Write in ur experience and ownership reviews of these brands..I currently own a Sony wega and am compltely satisfied with it.
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CRT TV Prices have crashed over last couple of years. Even LCD TV Prices have crashes (in percentage terms much higher than CRT)
If you have already made up your mind to buy CRT TV then please use following filters to decide

1. Your viewing habits: How often you view TV, what type of content you view on TV. Are you a movie buff or just watch broadcast ?.
If you are only a news/channel viewer then 21" is enough, if you are a DVD movie viewer then i suggest you go for 29"

2. In India they say, TV is not seen, but heard. if you have ambitions of ensuring that your entire colony/building know about your TV then go for a TV which offers highest PMPO sound output . Also ensure that there are two (stereo) independent sound channels. Low end models have common audio connection but split to left and right speaker. Large screen TV should preferably have a in built woofer, Ensure that at 80% of the volume the the picture and sound are not distorted. Ensure that the TV has an Auto Volume Leveling (AVL) feature. this prevents shooting of volume when you change from one channel to another.

3. Brand : CRT TV has become a commoditty product. Hence the feature differentiation offered by any Brand would be minimal. You much check the Service Experience, availability of service network closer your home etc.

4. SLIM TVs are the trend in CRT space. it offers saving in space. While you are buying Large screen SLIM TVs, ask the dealer to display the test patterns on the screen to ensure that the picture in the corners are sharp and not defocussed. some times if you are buying TVs of lesser known brands, some of these corrections needed to improve picture quality are deleted in the cost saving game.

5. Check the input voltage range: buy one which offers 90V to 270V AC Universal range. This will help you in two ways, first its care of the frequent voltages fluctuations (does not need a stabilizer) as well as in future if you migrate to any other country the same TV can be used.


5. Remote: Check whether the Remote functionality can be configured on a Universal remote if required. These Infrared Remotes have different protocols, some times these commands can not be re-programmed on a universal remote. This will help you to buy a universal remote and combine the functionality of TV, DVD, Home Theater, STB etc on a single remote if required.

5. Features : Ensure that the TV you are buying has minimum 3 Video Inputs (rear, front, side) for connecting DVD, STB and Video/Still Camera at the same time so that it becomes easy to connect the devices w/o disturbing other one. Ensure that the AV Out connector is available so that in case required you can record the received content.

6. There are some gimmics like 100Hz, Progressive scan, Picture in Picture, Nicam etc, but most of these are of no use on broadcast signal. ensure that you are not buying something you can not experience

7. There are some Picture and Sound Improvement features in large screen TVs or the flagship models. Please ensure that you fully understand how these improvements work on a broadcast signal as well as DVD singnal prior to buying.

Enjoy your new TV buying experience. Let us know which one you bought.
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