there seems to be a lot of "elastic" tape measures around, not just folk selling TVs but also the people who issue the model numbers.
Over the crimble hols, when we watched some TV during the daylight hours, we noticed that our set was a little down on brightness and contrast. As luck would have it my partner found someone on the local freegle group giving away a 32 inch flat screen crt telly. When we called to collect it, tape measure in hand, we found that the model number was 28xxxxxx (implying a 28 inch set) and the screen diagonal was just 27 inches through the case apperture but the actual illuminating part of the screen is less than 26.5 inches.
The same size discrepancy cropped up again, yesterday. A Black Diamond set, MD2850PFS, the useful part of the screen is just a tad over 26 inches.
So the useful screen on a Sony, Pansonic or Black Diamond 28 inch telly is just over 26 inches. Why has nobody got trading standards involved in this?
CRT and LCD TVs and monitors are measured diferently.
CRT displays are measured from corner to corner of the tube, not the area that displays the picture, hence a CRT TV advertised as being a 32 inch model will display a 28 to 29 inch image because of the thickness of the side walls of the tube at the corners.
An LCD TV is measured from corner to corner of the visible image area, not including the frame of the LCD panel.
A 19 inch LCD monitor will give the same viewable area as a 21 inch CRT moinitor, roughly speaking.
Yes, they're measured corner to corner, not straight across the middle.
Mrs. ExS demanded a new telly, flat screen etc. to replace the old CRT one that dominated the lounge like an old Wurlitzer Cinema organ ( remember those ? )
Retailer warned that with the 'old' type TV aerial the picture might not be very good on the new, digital type, flat screen receivers.
'twas true. The new screen ( a mere 14" ) was more eye-pleasing in the lounge, but everything was viewed as through a blizzard.
Eventually gave in and went the whole digital hog - would have had to in a few months anyway, NZ Gummint are switching off the old stuff soon - and now have the massive 32" monster glaring at us, but ..... sorting out the digital decoder gadget and its' associated mannerisms and 'menus' is driving me mad.
But then ... I suffer from EGBF - Electronic Gadget Brain Failure.
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We used to dream of 12" sets. Muffin the mule was on 9" B&W, and that was so much better than the tv my science master built, which had 2 1/2" green picture. In recent years he mentioned that for two years, they watched it upside down. No scan coils on that tube.
Hee hee...I broke down in my little boxy Morris (with the accelerator in the middle) and hitch hiked home from collage with that tube in my hands.
Huge amount of arguing, but finally won an argument with Sears and Sony. Got compensation. Got the latest Samsung LCD. Argued about that. Got anther. Nope, no good. Gradually got down to where my Samsung full res 50" cost a net 400 quid converted to English money.
It's very, very good, even on the aerial. In fact, that's all I've got apart from players. But . . . there's nowt on. Stunning pictures of men with big shoulders chasing a daft-shaped ball, but nothing of interest apart from PBS. They can't afford hi-def here, so I watch old BBC2 progs in plain vision.