Why I still won’t ditch my 11-year-old TV

Jan 31, 2021
1
0
10
0
Please share model number of the 32" 1080p CRT you have. I think you meant 1080i or even 1050i if it's the model I believe we're looking at.
 
If it's a thicker TV, then its backlight is a CCFL - a fluorescent lamp. While these have a theoretical lifespan of tens of thousands of hours, they start to color shift after a few hundred hours, and dim after a few thousand. They also need in the neighborhood of a thousand volts to operate, so your TV also needs a step-up inverter inside just to drive the CCFL. This component ends up being extremely sensitive to power spikes and brownouts, and is another failure mode which effectively cuts down the lifespan of the backlight, and increases the cost. (While inverters themselves are cheap and you could theoretically replace just a burnt out inverter, getting the proper one for your TV or laptop is sometimes prohibitively expensive.)

The newer, thinner TVs use an LED backlight (sometimes called LED TVs). Those are much more reliable, simpler to drive, nearly immune to color shift, less prone to dim, consume less power, and are relatively inexpensive to replace if they die (unless your manufacturer did something nuts and incorporated the backlight into the panel itself).

If the old TV is working fine, these is little reason to replace it. The analog port inputs is a genuine advantage if you have older analog devices (newer TVs can't even accept analog signals of any kind - you'd need a separate analog to HDMI adapter). But you'll be burning about twice the power of a modern TV (albeit even that is still only around 50-100 Watts. And the picture is probably considerably dimmer than when the TV was new. So there are also good reasons to upgrade.
 

Steve James

Honorable
Sep 27, 2014
3
0
10,510
0
I bought a 46NX810 11 years ago and it works like its brand new. I don't see a reason to buy a 4K TV thats going to die in 2 years
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 2
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 20
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 1
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 1
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
admin Article Commentary 0
Similar threads
News Tesla won’t say whether the Cybertruck has been delayed
News Steam Deck won’t make Nintendo Switch hardware mistake, says Valve
News Elon Musk admits Tesla Cybertruck could flop — here’s why it won’t
News Windows 11 won’t work on your PC without a TPM — how to check
News iPhone 13 lineup reportedly won’t get price increases — but 1TB could be toast
News Apple Music lossless won’t work with AirPods — here’s why
News Loki's release moves (again) — and new episodes won’t be on Fridays
News PS5 has outsold the PS4 — but buying one won’t get easier soon
News PS5 cloud gaming is coming — and it won’t be Xbox Game Pass clone
News Facebook tries out a new satire label so your uncle won’t be confused by The Onion
News Elon Musk’s Star internet won’t have tiered pricing — here's why
I won’t buy a Switch Pro until Nintendo fixes this big problem
News Netflix account sharing crackdown won’t help anyone — especially not Netflix
News Third stimulus check eligibility: Who will get $1,400 (and who won’t)
News The iPhone 13 reportedly won’t embrace USB-C — and it gets worse
News Apple won’t let me pay for Apple TV Plus — and that’s not a good sign
News MacBook Pro won’t charge? Apple offering free battery replacement for these models
News Samsung Galaxy S21 won’t offer charger — after mocking Apple for same thing
News Samsung reportedly working on 600MP camera — but that won’t beat iPhone 13
News PS5 and Xbox Series X won’t be in Best Buy stores until next year

ASK THE COMMUNITY