Sony To Rear Projection TV-It's Not You, It's Me

Sony To Rear Projection TV-It's Not You, It's Me

In a move that will no doubt send double-door armoire makers into a death spiral, Sony announced today that they would stop manufacturing rear-projection televisions next year.

 Sony said it would focus its resources on liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to address the flat-TV market, which is growing rapidly as consumers trade in their boxy tube sets for sleeker flat screens.

The consumer electronics firm plans to stop making rear-projection TVs at three plants in Japan and overseas in February, company spokesman Shinji Obana said.



Sometime in the future, boys and girls, you'll be able to tell your grandchildren about televisions that were as deep as they were wide, and maybe even had a cathode ray tube in them. Then make sure to tell them to stay off your lawn.
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I think this is a smart move on Sony's part. CRT tv's have gone the way of the dinosaurs and Sony's efforts would be much better spent on developing future technologies. Really who buys a CRT anymore? Not even my Grandma would stoop that low.

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 plus arent lcd and oled more energy effcient

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AjayD:
I think this is a smart move on Sony's part. CRT tv's have gone the way of the dinosaurs and Sony's efforts would be much better spent on developing future technologies. Really who buys a CRT anymore? Not even my Grandma would stoop that low.

Don't confuse CRT with Rear Project though. They are two completely different technologies...Rear Projection in current tv's uses Red/Green/Blue lasers in order to generate the picture. CRT's use a cathode tube and a electron gun (CRT = Cathode Ray tube)...CRT's are actually superior to LCD's in every aspect. But they are large and heavy which is their only real faults. Here's a list of LCD faults..Backlight bleed, input lag, response times, dead/stuck pixels, black crush, viewing angles, low color accuracy, ghosting, etc. CRT's eliminate all of these problems, they have nearly non existant lag/response time issues...They have the highest color accuracy, refresh rate, and an adjustable resolution that isn't native. Personally..LCD has way too many faults to justify it in my book..If I plan to spend a lot of money on a monitor, I expect it to work 100% out of the box with no dead pixels..none of this "If you have 5 or more dead pixels, you can get a replacement" bs. 

Now LCD's have their benefits as well, being size, weight, elimination of eye strain due to liquid crystals, as well as wide gamut displays. But is the justified for a LCD purchase imo?...No =P...It's not for no reason that Lucas Arts, Pixar, and the production company behind the movie "300" all use Sony GDM-FW900 CRT's (24" widescreen trinitron CRT). They are without a doubt the best monitor you can buy...Unfortunately you can only picked them up used or refurbished now-a-days. But thankfully, you can use windas to fine tune the brightness, convergence, as well as the focus pots for adjusting focus. But there is still a chance of getting one that's used too much to the degree of the tube dying off. But considering you can pick up these monitors for around 100-350 on ebay or locally via craigslist...it's a steal for a monitor that retail for 2,300.

I'm terribly sad to see CRT's die off. They lack all of the negatives of LCD's while being superior...Sad to see sony dropping RP TV's as well...When I first read this thread...I just saw liquid crystal displays and frowned..But once I saw OLED I perked up again. As long as they are dropping RP TV's in order to focus more on OLED or FED..Then I'm a happy camper.

What is OLED? Organic Light Emitting Diode...A flat panel display that's thinner then LCDs while offering all the benefits of a CRT without the negatives...Extremely high contrast ratios, and overall very vivid picture. It doesn't have any input lag, response time, or any of that junk in LCD's...I consider LCD the gateway transitional product to true flat panel display technology. 

What is FED? Field Emission Display, basically picture a CRT in a flat panel form and you got got it nailed. Using nano sized field emitters, it's CRT in a flat panel form. Offering a astounding 240 hz for lifelike video and motion. It also has none of the negative aspects of LCDs considering it's based off CRT technology. The screen flicker is still present...But a worthy trade off compared to LCD's. They even offer wider gamut display capabilities that are higher then LCD's...The one fantastic detail about FED is the fact that even if 20% of the field emitters fail, you still won't have one dead pixel.

Here are some videos for those interested in the technologies.

OLED-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ufs9Wx0VXQ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcAm3KihFho 

 

FED-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML2Cik7-7ic 

 

Unfortunately there aren't many FED videos =P...It's a sony owned technology that is a successor of trinitron. SED was also very similar, but died off due to legal issues with nanotechnology. 

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 i had a old crt must ha atleast a 24 inch weighed a ton built in the late 90s didnt think it would work so i gave it to a friend ended up having some of the best quality iv ever seen for a moniter easlily beat out the dell lcd moniter i had in screen size and detail

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 Yes, I am well aware of the differences between CRT's and rear projection. The article wasn't really very specific though as to whether Sony was eliminating one or both of these designs from their future lineup. I actually think their is still potential in rear projection TV's though. I knew they used red green and blue to render their picture, but I thought it was typically done with a color wheel, not colored lasers. The problem with this design is motion blur and expensive light bulbs with relatively short lifespans. Samsung has bypassed these problems however, with their recent LED models which feature impressive contrast ratios.

I am also aware of the superior image that can be had with CRT TV's but their main undoing has been their size. When it comes to general appeal, most people would gladly take a slim and sexy LCD or Plasma with inferior image quality over an overweight and over-sized CRT.

I agree that OLED is definitely going to be a major player in the emerging technologies. Sony has debuted several small displays which are only available in Japan and are extremely expensive. I hadn't heard of FED before though, sounds interesting, I will have to do some research. 

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FED is going to be great ^_^...But I expect OLED to take a large portion of the spotlight. SED was the first flat panel CRT technology...But as I stated in my prior post it died off due to legal issues. But FED follows the same idea =P....EIther or, OLED or FED, I'd love to have one. You should definitely give it a read..it's some impressive tech ^_^...Both the technologies will use less components then LCD's as well...for FED I know that for sure, but not so sure about OLED, but I think it'd be the same considering how the technology works. 

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 cant wait to see those oled screens and havent they been using them in small screens like mp3 players for a little while i think my sirus stilletto has one

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 One of the main things that stikes me about OLED, aside from its impressive image quality is the ability to be used in flexible materials such as thin plastics. It won't be long before cell phones have significantly larger screen that are able to roll up into the phone itself. I would suspect cell phones along with other portable devices will be where these types of screens make their debut, given the cost to size ratio.

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