29 December, 2013

Replacement of a TV

It used to be said that a decade is a generation. Now that in this digital age, it's not a decade any more, probably. Because new devices come out one after another, one of symbolic products is iPhone.

This is not a story about a mobile device rather, it's a fixed material, TV. Approximately 10 years ago, TVs with CRT monitor were a majority of the market. LCD displays were gradually coming out at that time meanwhile. And then to now, a new generation TV has arrived at my home finally.

The TV above has been replaced by a LCD TV at the end of 2013 at my home. It has worked about 10 years everyday. However a few month ago it made some noises whilst it was turned on. And then I have called and asked an engineer of Toshiba to come to make sure and repair the TV. His answer was simply "it's not gonna be repaired because there are no parts remaining for troubles in the power unit". Only thing you can do is just replace this TV in the previous generation to the next one.

The reason that I have photographed this TV was that because this type of TV is so precious to be. Its quality is more utmost than any other alternative devices such as LCD, PDP, EL. In a way, it is a bunch of technologies. When you watch HD films, TV programmes and anything, this monitor shows the best in terms of colour, response and whatever. Even sound quality is better than current thin monitors since this body can integrate bigger speakers than others.

Unfortunately, it might not be a good choice now because CRT displays have got some environmentally unfriendly elements. Firstly it has harmful substances inside when you abandon it, secondly its amount of electric consumption is bigger than new devices. And one of the decisive things for these CRT TV was the change of broadcasting signal. From the year of 2011, analogical broadcasting has finished in Japan, which means that those who don't have digital TVs or any devices that cannot receive digital signals will be ignored. Analogical TVs along with CRT monitors were facing this fate and the TV at my home was not an exception. This was in a way national economical campaign which anybody watching TV was supposed to get involved. Of course those who have got analogical TVs have decided to get rid of them straight away without hesitation and looking back the quality of CRT.

As one of Japanese ideas, throwing away something has been quite common historically. This story is just a small thing about TV however, it seems to me that the fact symbolises the conventional idea even more.

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