Chief, you have no idea how long I have waited for LCD PC monitors to approach the image quality of the legendary FW900 CRT.Chief Blur Buster wrote: ↑06 Dec 2019, 15:48That's quite the testimonial!
Right now, used FW900 CRTs are priced at several thousand dollars, partially thanks to DigitalFoundry and Vice. And shipping costing several hundred...
I love CRTs as much as the next person, but Blur Busters is striving to keep improving LCDs to try to match ever closer and closer to CRTs. The XG270 is much cheaper, easier to carry and ship, and has other benefits like tack-sharp 1080p. Sure, you have to throttle back the Hertz a bit to make the crosstalk disappear, but even the FW900 barely does 120Hz at 1080p.
Ever since the introduction of LCD monitors and soon becoming the de-facto standard worldwide, they never could get close to the motion clarity, input lag-free and color reproduction of a higher end Sony Trinitron or Aristan CRT. I went back to purchasing a few CRTs a couple years ago after my frustrations with TN panels that had washed out colors with motion blur reduction enabled. And even those 144hz MBR panels still couldn't match the glass of a CRT.
So for me the FW900 CRT is the benchmark to compare all other gaming monitors, although I do admit it is an unfair comparison due to the difference in technology.
But I can comfortably say with this ViewSonic monitor, I do not miss the FW900 and if I still owned it, would not lament if it ever died. Now if we truly want to split hairs, sure the CRT is still going to win out in input lag and perhaps edges out in no blur without crosstalk (while having a brighter picture). But again I'm splitting hairs here, as I think the ViewSonic panel has considerably closed the gap. You still deal with the IPS glow and you don't get inky blacks like a CRT but still these are small niggles.
I agree with Digital Foundry that the adoption to LCD technology was done way too fast and a mistake for gaming. But it's no surprise CRTs got ditched for the cost savings you'd get manufacturing LCD panels.
The FW900 is dead, long live the FW900!