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Title: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: sigh on 12:15, 08 August 21
I bought a Sony GDM-FW900 widescreen CRT monitor many years ago for around £200. It's use was for my 3D animation work and Open Office. I then quickly realized that it was awful for text as it was all blurry. I left sitting around doing nothing for a few years while I worked using an lcd monitor instead.

I then started using it for gaming a few years back on my PS4 via an HD Fury X4 and it's been serving me really well. It has nice black levels, an array of different resolution options and the lagless play on fighting games is a welcome addition. However:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184984564082?hash=item2b11f07172:g:TCgAAOSwUndgw7Vi (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184984564082?hash=item2b11f07172:g:TCgAAOSwUndgw7Vi)

NO.....just no.....
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: Gryzor on 12:19, 08 August 21
I think someone else may have posted this, but lol... Off by a couple of zeroes...
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: Bryce on 19:40, 08 August 21
I like the phrase "IMAGINE HOW GRAN TURISMO 7 (PS5) / FORZA MOTORSPORT (XBOX SERIES X) WOULD LOOK ON THIS MONTOR!?"

Surely for that price he could have organised a picture of both games running on the monitor. In fact he could throw a PS5 and an XBOX into the bargain and still turn a profit.

Bryce.
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: tjohnson on 02:16, 09 August 21
Yeah I posted this. I can only assume the seller was breathing deep on their crack pipe and hit the zero key too many times when they listed it.
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: sigh on 22:42, 09 August 21
It's insane! Don't get me wrong; it's a really nice monitor, but even knocking off  a "zero" on that price and I would struggle to support such a price tag.
It also weighs 7 stone.
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: eto on 15:51, 10 August 21
Quote from: sigh on 22:42, 09 August 21
It's insane! Don't get me wrong; it's a really nice monitor, but even knocking off  a "zero" on that price and I would struggle to support such a price tag.
It also weighs 7 stone.


As long as someone is willing to pay for it, it would be insane NOT to ask for that price ;-)


Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: Bryce on 15:54, 10 August 21
For that price you could get a custom monitor made to the exact specifications you wanted. So it would still be insane.


Bryce.
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: sigh on 10:53, 11 August 21
Quote from: Bryce on 15:54, 10 August 21
For that price you could get a custom monitor made to the exact specifications you wanted. So it would still be insane.


Bryce.
Actually - that's a very interesting point. How much would it cost to build a widescreen CRT that has the same resolution options as the FW900, but with the added 15khz ( for retro computing) and a built in HDMI signal converter?
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: Bryce on 21:19, 11 August 21
The problem would be that as soon as you put a HDMI converter in the chain you are then back to a sampled system and the CRTC tricks don't work any more.

15kHz may also be an issue because you have too much screen area to scan at high speed with a low speed signal. It would otherwise be possible as long as you had a tube that had the native resolution that you need.

Bryce.
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: sigh on 13:03, 12 August 21
Quote from: Bryce on 21:19, 11 August 21
The problem would be that as soon as you put a HDMI converter in the chain you are then back to a sampled system and the CRTC tricks don't work any more.

15kHz may also be an issue because you have too much screen area to scan at high speed with a low speed signal. It would otherwise be possible as long as you had a tube that had the native resolution that you need.

Bryce.
So what would it cost to have those current resolutions in a wide screen CRT with the 15kHz?
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: Bryce on 13:23, 12 August 21
No idea, that would involve a lot of work and planning (that I don't intend doing) just to calculate the price.

Bryce.
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: arkive on 13:37, 04 September 21
It's not actually that insane, only a little bit crazy. The reason being that this particular monitor is considered the holy grail by the audiophile-level, PVM-is-king crowd. Now, I love CRTs, yet I would never pay this kind money - even 750 - because even though it's a very good monitor indeed the price difference is not worth it compared to a lesser model. But the hype for these things is so high now that I wouldn't be surprised if some rich kid/geek actually got it.

The seller is also from London, and this area is especially prone to CRT scalping (even silly, small Trinitrons get listed for >100 GBP around here now).
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: sigh on 00:10, 18 October 21
The listing has ended?! Did some one actually pay for it? :o

edit: Same person:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/185108627533?hash=item2b1955804d:g:TCgAAOSwUndgw7Vi
Also a new listing...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224650740311?hash=item344e3a4257:g:654AAOSwqK5hYtnR
Title: Re: CRT Monitor - ridiculous prices!
Post by: Gryzor on 10:19, 18 October 21
£7500? HAHAHA WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK
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