So I can now justify my hording of old consoles as preparing for doomsday?
I worry about this old stuff dying as much as the next guy.
I'm 32. If this stuff makes it until I'm into my 70s I'll be pretty happy. And when I say stuff I refer to the NES and Genesis.
I have a 3-4 of each console but generally only have one copy of the cart. I have guitars and amplifiers from the 50s and 60s and after having the amps recapped and retubed they work like new. I've heard about having to have consoles recapped but none of mine are at that point. As this hobby ages we may see more "repair" shops popping up.
As for carts dying? I'd be ok using a flashcart on my original hardware if I had to.
I have 2 CRT TVs. I've thought about hording some but they are still cheap and I just don't have the room. But I keep my eye out. If and when they start going up in price I may have to pick a few up.
CRTs like the consoles will eventually die. But again can't these be fixed? I collect vinyl and have a 90s turntable. But I know guys who have 50s and 60s turntables and stereo equipment and they have them serviced.
I play my Genesis on a CRT TV through the TV's stock speakers. I honestly couldn't tell the audio differences between the TMSS and NON-TMSS Model 1s. I didn't like the rainbow banding and sold my NON-TMSS models. I grew up with a TMSS VA6 non-high definition model. I've picked up a few back up High Definition and Non-High Definition VA6 consoles as backups.
As stated above as long as its not a VA7 you're good audio wise. That said the VA7 outputs the best picture. Then again, we are talking 24 year old technology and if your just playing it through a CRT TV you won't really pick up most of the differences. We didn't when we were kids!