The problem when reviewing CRT televisions is you can't help but reflect and contrast them to what is todays technology vs very much old hat. However Sony manufactured some very fine CRT televisions and this is definitely one of them.
So visually it doesn't make much of an impression, it's big buiky and as such needs a lot of room because it will take up a lot of the room. So on this basis it doesn't win any favours. However there is more to this television than that, yes, in terms of playing the latest blu ray's it is something of a pointless exercise because it can not display hi definition but what it can do much better than most LCD's in my opinion at least, is display very deep black levels. Which means when you are watching dark scenes it stays faithful to the scene whereas some LCD's are less deep black and more a grey colour.
Of course a drawback it then has is the picture can seem a little flat and this is due to the limitations of the contrast ratio but again it's important to keep things in a rightful sense of perspective.
Another thing strongly in this televisions favour is that unlike plasma and lcd the sound benefits greatly from the size of the television. The size means there is much more room to fit bigger speakers which in turn gives you much greater volume, depth and presence to the sound. Now of course it's always better to connect a television to an amplifier but if that is not possible than this does a very fine job as an alternative.
So all things considered although the test of time has highlighted this televisions weaknesses, it's also an excellent choice if you have the room and can pick it very cheaply as people look to ditch their dinosaur televisions.