Sony To Phase Out Smaller CRTs

By Julio Franco
Jan 24, 2003
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  1. A very premature approach if you ask me, Extremetech is reporting that Sony has planned to phase out 17" and 19" CRT monitors as soon as this March.

    To tell you the truth I wouldn't mind switching to a flat LCD monitor if it wouldn't be for the higher cost (computer parts here are considerable more expensive than in the US, BTW), it's interesting however how one of the big boys is completely ditchings mainstream CRTs, now, their forecasts for LCD sales must be on the optimum side, I guess...

    Sony has also decided to phase out its 17-inch and 19-inch tube business, meaning OEM-branded Trinitron monitors in those categories will also cease production. Rival NEC-Mitusbishi said it had no plans to phase out any CRT products, however.

    Sony's decision came as no surprise to those who have closely watched monitor manufacturers slowly shift away from cathode-ray tube (CRT) production to manufacturing LCDs. Sharp, Matsushita, and Hitachi all have pulled out of the CRT tube business, and their display divisions have either purchased tubes from companies like Toshiba or exited the CRT monitor business altogether in favor of LCDs, analysts said. At Sony, production of tubes and CRT displays themselves "pretty much go hand in hand," a company spokesman said.
  2. warr

    warr Newcomer, in training Posts: 67

    Where are you? :D

    here a Sony G420 19' is around 1/4 of a month's salary.

    very expensive.
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 6,511   +308

    Guayaquil, Ecuador (see below my username, at the left side of the screen). Here, a good 19" monitor costs around $500-600 (CRT), while a LCD should be around a thousand dollars, maybe $900.
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    My dad got his 24" flat (Sony) G-Something for like $1600. I live in the US. Sony makes expensive stuff! Personally I go for ViewSonic when it comes to CRT. Dont dont like the thin LCD screens, they're just too blurry when scrolling down a page or playing a FPS. Anything that moves alot.
  5. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268


    Though its expensive, think in a long term basis. I do find good monitors to be sort of a good investment as they can last for more than 3 years + 3yrs warranty. I do believe you don't upgrade your monitor as often as your pc.

    In my opinion perhaps the whole idea behind phassing out smaller CRT is to make loyal Sony customers to shift to LCD monitors.
  6. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    I agree young, I bet they just want us to phase into LCD moniters.
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