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Old 01-04-2009, 11:31 AM
johnfull johnfull is offline
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Does anyone know if these old ColorTrak2000 models qualify as
'studio' monitors? I mean, with the colors filtered to meet NTSC
standards. I know that the set doesn't compensate for different
signal strengths like so many always have. What you input is
what you get back out. In the early days, LaserDisc were a huge
disappointment because of the relatively shallow luminance and
chrominance gamuts. The set wouldn't make them pop with
compensation. But DVDs play superbly, with deep blacks and
saturated colors and subtlety of tone in between. Same with
the new little DigitalStream DTV converter. Reds and yellows
and even deep greens are in proper register. Turquoise is about
the only color that won't play too well. Green phosphor is too
yellow for that. But the brightness of the set is compromised by
keeping the colors true, I think. In a dark room, it's superb,
but by daylight, it is a bit dim. Always has been. Compared to
the 'brighter is better' decade that preceded it, some might have
felt it was a step backwards.
I have a JVC of similar screen size -- the 'flat' tube 32 inch model
and it has a very bright picture, but a coarser aperature grille and
is prone to poor color reproduction on analog signals. It also is
not as subtle with the DTV signal. It's perfect with DVDs, though.
I still prefer the ColorTrack2000 of 1989 to the JVC or 2004.
Don't even get me started on a widescreen Sony HDTV tube set
that graced my home for a year or so. Horrible color fidelity!
I would think that HDTV would finally allow receivers and
broadcasters to standardize -- like PhotoShop did for computers.
But I have seen no evidence of that so far...
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