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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Haris Ellahi, Oct 15, 2002.
In short, yes, when comparing an HDTV RPTV do an HDTV direct-view. There could be exceptions, of course, but generally that is the case.
Most RPTV's clock in at about 1100 to 1300 lines of Horizontal Res. edge to edge.
Most directview tubes are at about 700 to 1000 lines ... if that.
Besides having larger (7- and 9-inch) CRTs to work with, well-designed, ATSC-based RPTVs are not encumbered by the inclusion of a shadow mask (or, in Sony's case, an "aperture grill"), which inherently limits resolution on direct-view sets.
On the other hand, because direct-view sets possess higher light output and a greater contrast ratio, they can appear to be sharper and more resolved. But that's an illusion.