Vintage Sony Trinitron

Published: September 5, 2021
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Trinitron is Sony's brand name for its line of aperture-grille-based CRTs used in television sets and computer monitors. One of the first truly innovative television systems to enter the market since the 1950s, the Trinitron was announced in 1968 to wide acclaim for its bright images, about 25% brighter than common shadow mask televisions of the same era. Constant improvement in the basic technology and attention to overall quality allowed Sony to charge a premium for Trinitron devices into the 1990s. The name Trinitron was derived from trinity, meaning the union of three, and tron from electron tube, after the way that the Trinitron combined the three separate electron guns of other CRT designs into one.

sony trinitron pvm

Retro gaming TV

The first thing you need to keep in mind when buying a CRT TV for retro gaming is video output. You’re probably familiar with composite video output (the yellow cable that’s usually paired with the white and red audio cables). While the best CRT TVs will look great with all video signals, you can get a much higher video quality with component or RGB video. PVM and BVMs give the best picture. They have higher line counts and many can do RGB. But they also cost money, especially the larger ones.

Sony Trinitron PVM

Enthusiasts tend to focus on sets that use an aperture grille, like Sony's later Trinitron models, JVC's D-Series, and professional video monitors (known in the gaming community as PVMs, broadcast monitors). Sony Trinitron TVs are legendary, and can only count Vintage Sony Trinitron worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Sony NOS Sony Trinitron Multiscan NOS Sony Trinitron Multiscan CPD G520 21 08/2021 $ 2 696.98
Sony Sony PVM 20L5 High Resolution Sony PVM 20L5 High Resolution Trinitron 07/2021 $ 2 931.50
Sony Sony PVM 20L5 Professional Sony PVM 20L5 Professional Multiformat 08/2021 $ 2 931.50
Sony Sony Trinitron PVM 14L5 14 Sony Trinitron PVM 14L5 14 Retro Gaming 07/2021 $ 2 192.76
Sony Sony Trinitron Color Video Sony Trinitron Color Video Monitor Model 06/2021 $ 1 519.63
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