Which Sony Trinitron Monitor Should I Buy?

I’m getting into some glitch stuff and definitely need a crt tv now. Everyone suggests a Sony Trinitron but there are a gazillion models. Do I need a flat screen one? Can you make some models to look for? I’m going to buy one off eBay and they’re pricey. Will any Trinitron do?

You could probably find one or more on the real cheap at a local transfer station, thrift shop, or yard/estate sale, minus shipping fees. A friend was getting rid of his Trinitron, and DVD/VCR player (his fiancé was very happy about it). That’s how I got mine. Only problem with that particular Trinitron is that there is a partial discoloration in the tube, so I can’t really use it for rescan. It’s now gathering dust in my basement. I might throw a house party sometime soon and use it for ambiance/decoration. Otherwise, I’m just going to keep my eye out for one that works properly.

As far as flat vs. curved, that’s more of an artistic decision on how much skew you prefer along the edges of your rescans.

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Thank you so much! I’m going to check the pawn shops.

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Local sources are always going to be less expensive, and you won’t have to deal with the added expense of shipping and worry about whether it will get damaged in transit. Unfortunately, the increased popularity of retro gaming means that Craigslist prices in large cities are getting higher.

Some Trinitron models were intended for home entertainment systems, but you may wish to look for the better ones with PVM in the model number, as they were more professional (often used in broadcast TV studios) and have the added benefit of rectangular enclosures that are easier to stack.

I found a PVM-14N5U for $20 locally last week, but the PVM-14N6U is a little better as it offers component video inputs in addition to the composite and s-video inputs on the 14N5U. There is a mod to add that functionality to the less expensive model, but it’s kind of time consuming and I’m not sure if I’ll tackle it.

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Awesome answer. It’s crazy how much Sony Trinitrons are fetching on eBay! Don’t people know these are worthless :joy:. But in better news I picked up four KILLER vintage video mixers on eBay for a steal. Which begs the question why CRTs are so pricey and the video sources are cheap? :thinking:

Because gamers outnumber video artists 10,000 to 1!

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Also, video mixing is usually done with computers, now. Most people have no need for a low res analogue video mixer.
Don’t obsess over Trinitron, either. They have punchy colours, but other PVM’s can be a lot cheaper and also look great.

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Yep, I ended up having to settle on a Panasonic broadcast model but it’s got great features.

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