The Sony Trinitron series is one of the older models made my Sony. It is not a high definition television, but one of the higher quality "regular" televisions that you can buy. I've had my 36 inch for a couple of years now and it has not given me one problem. This means that I had to do no maintenance to it and it has been more than reliable. The television has average to above average picture quality and the sound is loud and clear. My Sony also turns on relatively quickly compared to other non-HDTVs. The price of all televisions are slowly starting to drop and if you want a cheap alternative to the pricey HDTVs, I would definitely give the Sony Trinitron a look for its unbeatable reliability, brand name, and clean picture. However, most people want the high def picture now, so I would just say to spend more money and go high def.