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Old December 18th 17, 10:06 AM posted to
Roderick Stewart[_3_]
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Default How things have changed

On Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:27:35 -0000, "Brian Gaff"

I never did understand why designers of tvs made the cabinets so small then
put huge backs on them made from processed cardboard either.

It's to make use of an optical illusion that makes the cabinet look
smaller. The only component that required a lot of depth was the neck
of the CRT, and because it only stuck out in the middle of the rear of
the TV, the cardboard back could be tapered. Thus, from a fairly wide
viewing angle, only the straight-sided polished wooden part of the
cabinet could be seen, so it could appear to be as little as about six
inches deep.