“It’s a Sony”

“It’s a Sony”

Trinitron | Model: KV-21CL10U

The TV in these photographs provided excellent picture quality and reliable service for over 16 years. Sadly after researching on the internet I found that the random colour shift of whites to pinks (!) was a technical problem that wasn’t fixable. I was alone among my friends and family in holding onto my CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) television. When flat screen / panel screen televisions arrived I decided I wasn’t going to change technology until my current television was worn out. So much of our technology is increasingly disposable and wasteful. Our relationship to it has changed. From cell phones to headphones manufacturers the marketeers do a great job of convincing us we need to replace old for new. Generally my own approach is more often than not, if it isn’t broken don’t replace it. So it was with a degree of sadness that I let my Sony Trinitron pack up it’s remote control to join it’s long lost friends in television heaven. It seemed only fitting to offer a photo tribute before it is gone for good.

Weighing in at over 26kg this television survived three house moves. Not an easy thing to lug around and despite a few knocks and scratches it provided faultless service throughout. Sony Trinitron CRT television technology were viewed by many to be the best in the market. Unlike many companies, Sony made their own CRT tubes (screens). Other brands utilised generic tubes from one of a couple of other makers.

Weighing in at just under 8kg, it’s smart replacement has bluetooth, wifi and takes up a sixth of the space.

(The title of this blog post is borrowed from an early Trinitron advertising campaign.)


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  1. Ha, yes, I finally got rid of my CRT TV about a year ago. It too had put in many years of service.


    1. It was only when I had to move it this time round that I realised just how incredibly heavy it was!
      There must have been millions of CRT TVs that headed to landfill. I can imagine that they weren’t built with recycling in mind what with glass, various plastics and metals all being component parts. I’m pleased to hear that you too were slow to part with the old technology…
      Best wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I guess it goes against my values to replace something that still serves, even if there is a temptation to supersede it with something newer, more advanced and just ‘better’. And yes, a decent sized CRT was indeed a ton weight :-O

      1. Hmmm…. Let’s see… Is it a post declaring your renunciation of consumerism and a simple solution to the “paradox of choice” with regards to visual entertainment?

      2. Great answer! Very close but not quite there!
        I think you deserve a prize.
        Should you wish to claim your prize then drop me a message through the contact page and I’ll post it out to you… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I made the switch to a flat-screen several years ago. My friends and family poked fun at me for hanging on to the old tech for so long but it worked fine until it refused to turn on. Your photos are outstanding.

    1. Thank you so much for your generous comments. Glad to hear that you too held on to the old technology as long as possible ๐Ÿ™‚
      Have a great weekend…
      Best wishes
      Mr C

      1. Had you seen the programme you would have got it straight away. The eyes are from Lie To Me is an American series featuring Tim Roth. I’ve no idea if it has ever been on UK TV. Tim plays a body language expert based on a real life person! I enjoyed it but it’s not on the top of my must see list ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a wonderful tribute to your old friend, complete with Columbo stills! Makes me think that we should have photographed our old TV before it left. It had excellent fast text in its time, too. Ahh: Ceefax and the Oracle – booking holidays and playing games along with the usual news, sport, weather and so on. How poor today’s teletext offering is – I still use it, however.

    Your blog is a real treasure chest of little gems; I shall have to explore more ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Columbo is like an old friend too! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘
      It seemed fitting to have something a little retro on the tv screen ๐Ÿ“บ
      Itโ€™s a shame you didnโ€™t photograph your old tv with ceefax on the screen.
      I remember ceefax and I must confess I never really spent any time with it. I know people who really enjoyed using it and I think maybe also booked holidays using it. Iโ€™ve no idea how that worked! ๐Ÿ“บ โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ—ฝโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

      1. How quickly things move on. There is an episode of Columbo where he gets a secretary to explain how the fax machine works! Whatever happened to fax machines…? ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. That’s a nice thought. I can imagine the fax machine reminiscing with the wise old eight track car cassette player about the good old days! Or discovering after all these years that the VHS video recorder is and always was best friends with Betamax! ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. Ha ha – yes, and saying ‘these modern youngsters don’t know they’re born; we had a hard life’. I’m on a complete nostalgia trip now: Kodak Instamatics with the little cube flash bulbs on the top; stereograms like my parents had where the record player was inside a wooden piece furniture; the ZX Spectrum with rubbery buttons and its accompanying cassette recorder uploading the games. Yes, I could bore for Britain with this …… ๐Ÿ™‚

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