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Old 11-12-2005, 01:27 PM
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they zoom in on almost everything fully or nearly fully so not much in the way of annoying black or grey side bars, only channel in LA that does that.



I personally HATE channels that do that. Not only are you losing some of the picture, you're also getting less than NTSC resolution since they're throwing away a bunch of scan lines and scaling the rest to fit. I don't want to see zoomed in 4:3 any more than I want to watch a pan and scan movie, no matter what shape my screen is.
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Old 11-12-2005, 02:50 PM
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I don't know whether I was just lucky or what, but my RCA CTC-185, bought new six years ago, still works great; excellent picture on cable, and still has the original CRT. The color controls are rock-stable as well (I haven't had to readjust them in months). Only had one repair done on this set to date; that was for an RF port that snapped off the tuner PC board about two or three months after I purchased the TV. The tech who repaired the set also told me the jungle IC had some sort of problem, but if it does it wasn't then and is not now noticeable in the picture at this point--at least I don't see it.

BTW, what type of color control circuitry did the later RCAs use after ColorTrak? I understand their newest CRT sets have a system they call Advanced Color-View, but I am interested in the color control systems used in RCA sets made from 1999 until ACV came in. Was the pre-ACV system a spinoff of or a modified version of ColorTrak? Whatever it is, as I said above, even the pre-Advanced Color View system was great, as I haven't had to adjust the onscreen color controls on my set in months, maybe closer to a year as I write this. Just turn the set on, get the channel I want, and enjoy the show. No more fiddling with color controls that won't stay put. Now, if only the programming on the major networks was better than it is (!), I'd really enjoy watching TV. Oh well. That's why I have a DVD player and a VCR. When there's nothing interesting on regular TV, I just put in a DVD (from Netflix) or one of my old VHS tapes of any one of many older (1950s-'70s and certain '80s-'90s) programs.

My RCA set works great with both DVD and VCR as well. Some day I'll break down and get a new square-corner flat-screen TV, but as long as my RCA works as well as it does, I intend to keep it until it dies, or until the picture gets so dim I can't see it. My barber just bought a new Philips 20" square-corner stereo TV for his shop; it replaced a 22-year-old Philco color set (with detented UHF tuning; that set must have been closer to 30 or more years old). The CRT in the Philco must have been getting dim for some time, as he tells me it eventually became so dark the picture was unwatchable. I don't think the Philips is a Philips-Magnavox, as the molded-in nameplate at the base of the CRT mask just says Philips. Which reminds me. Are Philips TVs any better or worse than Philips-Magnavox, or are they basically the same set, with the same reliability issues and other problems as when Philips took over Magnavox in the late '80s or '90s? I was very sorry to see Magnavox quality go downhill as it did once Philips got hold of it , as this was for years my second-favorite brand of TV, next to Zenith. Never owned a Magnavox TV myself, but I have relatives who had a Maggie 3-way console for many years and had good service from it. I would love to have a similar Maggie or Zenith console (I like the looks of those older cabinets as well), but I simply don't have the room anymore since I moved to a small apartment from a three-bedroom house with a basement late in 1999.
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Old 11-12-2005, 06:44 PM
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Only had one repair done on this set to date; that was for an RF port that snapped off the tuner PC board about two or three months after I purchased the TV.

I'll bet he also resoldered the tuner grounds when he fixed the RF connector. There's no way a CTC185 could last this long on the original tuner soldering.
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Old 01-25-2008, 05:53 PM
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I know it's been awhile since anyone brought this up; but, I need to submit an entry. This may not actually be the worst; but, those '80's Panasonic/Quasar "Dynacrap" sets rank pretty high on my "hate" list.

I used to find these during the '90's. Most of them had bad flybacks, weak CRT's, and 10,237 bad solder connections. The most common flyback to go bad in these was the TLF14423F used in 25" sets that were often sold under the GE brand.

The TV shop gave me a nice looking '86 15" Quasar with remote and A/V jacks. The flyback was blown apart and the HOT was shorted. Since the CRT was still good (miracle), I decided to order a generic flyback. Got the set going with no OSD and many obvious loose connections. It seems like the more I soldered on it, the worse it got. The PC board was really cooked in the power supply area. I then realized that the tuner was not receiving several channels. I finally got enough and pulled the chassis for spare parts and tossed the rest! This set reminded me why I hated Quasar/Panasonic sets of the '80's.

Note to self: The next Quasar that comes in with a bad flyback, just throw it in the dumpster!
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Zenith TV's 25" to 27" made in the 1990's

I think we all know this, but the CRT's in these TV's are junk. They'd last for maybe two years tops.

Brand new RCA flat screen CRT standard definition TV's

Color bleeding right there in the store.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:57 PM
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Zenith TV's 25" to 27" made in the 1990's

I think we all know this, but the CRT's in these TV's are junk. They'd last for maybe two years tops.

Brand new RCA flat screen CRT standard definition TV's

Color bleeding right there in the store.
...And the flybacks don't last in the newer RCA's.

Another one on the top of my list are Durabrand sets. I've never seen one with a decent picture.
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Old 01-26-2008, 12:48 AM
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MRX37 you are so right about the Flat tube RCA's.. My friend has a 2001 model with built-in dvd player and he asked me to ''come and check out his tv's settings." I adjusted as much as I could, but the only way to get rid of the bleeding was to turn everything down so much that it looked terrible. He said he rarely even watches it!
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