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I just received in a bunch more 9" CRT
projectors, and since it's summer, those that need
(yet another) project, here's a great chance to get
a great deal on a high end CRT projector. These
prices are a one time special, since I only have a
select number of sets of each of the ones listed
I've been clearing out more sets, taking some to
the recycler, and parting some out. In doing so,
I've found several gems that I didn't know I had:
Both have excellent condition tubes, one
actually has VDC tubes in it, the other has
originals with virtually no wear. Do you have an
NEC PG set that is failing? Here's a quick, easy
upgrade, as the XG fits on the same bracket as
the PG series, same remote, and same setup. Both
of these sets have been fully tested, and lock
fine to all input frequencies. Significantly
brighter and sharper than the PG series. $500
each without remote and ceiling bracket, or $600
each with remote, ceiling bracket. I think I've
even got copies of the original manuals for
Same as the above, but the LC version of the
set, that give a bit richer image. $750.00
without ceiling bracket and remote, $850 with
ceiling bracket and remote. Many hours of use
left in all of the NEC XG sets that I have.
9500 Ultra with Vision One case: Both
sets are in good shape, both with brand new
tubes, with the nice piano black finish
fibreglass case. Both come with manuals, remotes
and a brand new original ceiling bracket. GT 17
lenses come with these sets, an upgrade from the
original HD10 that came with the 9500. $3000.00
Sony G90. 1800 original hours on the set. New Dallas chip, DVI
input board included, minimal wear on the tubes,
as shown in the
eBay ad here. I'll reduce the ebay
selling price by $100 to $2400 for anyone buying
from this mailing list rather than on eBay! c/w
remote and original Sony box.
Sony G90. All new tubes! I got a really
good deal on some new 9" tubes, so I'm selling
this one chassis only for $4200! c/w remote and
new Dallas chip. An amazing set!
Once again, I have in a total of 2 Barco 909.
These date from 2003, so they are very late
model Barco 909 projectors. Late version 3.20
software has none of the issues that versions
under 2.00 had, and these sets have been fully
tested. I have one set with light 16:9 wear on
it, pulled from a Runco 1100 projector that I
scrapped. This set comes with the R and g color
tinted C elements, bringing this very close to a
Cine 9. HD10F lenses, this set projects an
excellent image. c/w remote control. The case is
in good shape, is black, with minimal marks on
it. Simply the best CRT projector you can buy!
Marquee 8510 projectors: New arrival!
Very late model (2005). I originally bought
these to simply part them out, but thought I'd
list them as complete sets since they are in
great shape overall. These are military type
Electrohome 8500 Ultras, with the very latest
software (5.4) in them. Improved video input
boards, video neck boards, with extra fans to
keep them cool, and super sharp P16 tubes (which
do have wear). 6 pole astig magnets on each
tube, and HD117-24 lenses, which are good up to
a 92" screen. For those that want to upgrade
their plain 8500 or 9500 to an Ultra, here's a
dirt cheap way to do it. (I will part out the
sets for you to reduce shipping costs if you
want just the boards). The HD117 lenses are
shorter throw than the normal HD8 lenses, and
the HD117s are also sharper than the HD8s. For
someone wanting to do a rear projection setup,
or you don't have the room for a regular throw
projector, this is the way to go as well. These
chassis are more industrial looking than a
Marquee case, but in most RP installations, you
won't see the projector.
On eBay here.
New in the box Marquee 9" tubes: I still
have a few red and green new in the box tubes
for the Marquee 9000, 9500, 9500 Ultra, the
Madrigal Labs MP-9, and Vidikron Vision 1 sets
left. These are very late model tubes, made in
Nov 2011 or later. All of the tubes I've used
personally (about 10 sets total) have been
perfect, and almost every tube has the 6 pole
astig magnets on them. Even if your existing
tubes are in good shape, these are a fraction of
the price that they sold for new (up to $3300
each, according to the packing slip on one box
that came in). $200.00 for red, $500.00 for
green. I am currently out of blue tubes, and now
have only a few each of the reds and greens.
Once I am out of stock, it's hard to say when I
may get another cache in of tubes.
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AccuPel Test Pattern Generator ON SALE
What the pros use to calibrate! Save up to $400
a limited time only.
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AccuPel DVG-5000 is the latest in a line of
highly-regarded video test pattern generators
designed by renowned video engineer Greg Rogers.
The digital-only DVG-5000 offers several enhancements over earlier AccuPel
devices, including new test patterns and native HDMI output all at a lower
The new AccuPel DVG-5000 is fully integrated with
ChromaPure Video Display Calibration Software.
Why use a test pattern generator? Why not use a test
disc for calibration?
There are two reasons to use a high-quality test
Accuracy: Thousands of hours of engineering effort has
gone into creating the AccuPel line of
generators all for the purpose of creating test
patterns of the highest possible quality. All
professional calibrators should use an external
video test pattern generator, such as the
AccuPel ships with a remote control that allows
very rapid access to any test pattern. More
importantly, the AccuPel interfaces a PC and
video calibration software, such as
ChromaPure, via USB. This allows the
software to control the AccuPel automatically.
This means that whenever the user takes a
measurement from the software, the AccuPel first
provides the necessary test pattern without
further user invention.
are what the pros use. Professionals start by
calibrating just the display, as accurately as they
can get it. A pattern generator like the
AccuPel DVG-5000 would be used, which they
know they can trust. A professional calibrator works
backwards up the chain and calibrate each input
separately. If the DVD or Blu-ray player is skewed,
they'll want to set a mode on the display that
compensates for it, but they won't want to use that
mode when, say, cable TV is being watched.
Professionals know that they have no idea what
the customer's DVD or Blu-ray player is putting out,
but they know they can trust their pattern
generator. If you paid a professional to come
calibrate your home theater, they would bring in
a pattern generator like the
AccuPel DVG-5000. Now you can do that too,
at a price that is a fraction of the cost of some
competing pattern generators.
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Guide to Home Theater Acoustics
A new practical guide to home theater
acoustics, written for the everyday home theater
In the process of creating a great sounding home
theater, acoustics have to play a big part of the
Most enthusiasts find however that as soon as
they begin to study acoustics they're quickly buried
in physics, math, formulas, and calculations.
Practical Guide to Home Theater Acoustics is
a common sense set of best practices, making it much
easier to follow.
The acoustics of your room do not need to be
thought of as something that only the most gifted
math and science majors can understand. Everyone can
learn the fundamentals and apply that knowledge in a
practical way and apply it to their own rooms and
Learn these core principles, these common sense
applications, that will bring the best out of your
home theater sound. A home theater where you:
- Hear the dialogue clearly
- Don't have to keep turning the volume up during
quiet scenes and down during loud scenes
- Have clear and powerful bass (never boomy)
- Have an even response throughout the room
- Hear the surround sound as it was intended
To order see our
Practical Guide to Home Theater Acoustics page.
Looking for tips on building your entire home
theater? Our comprehensive
Home Theater Course & Expert Videos package
is also available.
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Private Home Theater Tours
Go inside 28+ different enthusiast home
theaters from across the country and hear from the
owners themselves with this series of video tours.
Over 10 hours of video content.
For years we've seen home theater pictures in
magazines and websites, but we've always wanted
more. We wanted to hear from the knowledgeable
theater owners first hand, listen to their design
challenges, learn about their equipment choices, and
hear about their experiences.
This video package brings 28 home theaters
directly to you. You'll get to hear from the owners
themselves as they open up and discuss their
thoughts on everything about their home theater,
- Why did they build a home theater in the
- How did they design their home theater?
- What went into their equipment choices?
- Did they build their theater themselves?
- What would they do differently next time?
- And more...
These are not home theater tours of the rich and
famous. These are every day home theater enthusiasts
who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about
their hobby. Many have built their home theater
themselves from the ground up. Only the actual owner
of the theater, discussing the theater with you, can
really give you a complete tour.
28 home theaters are covered, in over 10 hours of
To order see our
Home Theater Tours page.
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ChromaPure / Display 3 PRO bundle SALE
June 15, 2014
New to calibration? Our most
ChromaPure / Display 3 PRO bundle is now on
sale for a limited time and includes the retail
(boxed) meter at no additional cost (a $29 value) so
that you can also automatically calibrate PC/Mac
monitors in addition to your home theater. Also
included is our new
Calibration Disc and a 10 foot USB extender
cable. This bundle makes DIY professional
quality calibration less expensive than ever
Doesn't matter if you're
new to calibration or a seasoned professional,
/ Display 3 PRO bundle provides all the features you need,
including advanced features not found in any free
Display 3 PRO we have taken the standard
meter and substantially enhance accuracy by
carefully calibrating it for 10+ different display
types. Achieve colour and white point accuracy that
in most cases exceeds that of the
EyeOne Pro spectroradiometer.
When someone needs to choose a single sub-$1000
meter for video calibrations, the
Display 3 is the number one choice as it
offers professional grade performance at a price
affordable to the amateur hobbyist or enthusiast. No
other single meter even comes close.
ChromaPure you have an intuitive, very easy
to use package that suits both beginners and
professionals alike. Our
ChromaPure for Dummies guide walks you
through the entire calibration process step by step. ChromaPure came out on top two
years in a row now as “Best calibration software" at
Support for life is included in all ChromaPure
software packages. There are no yearly maintenance
or support fees. Unlike some vendors, none of our
meters are altered so they continue to work with any
third party software that supports the meter.
To order visit our
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Confused about meters? See our
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9" tubes / Vidikron Vision 1 projector
I was fortunate to get a large lot of new old
stock 9" CRT tubes for the Electrohome Marquee
series of projectors. I'd purchased over 100 of
these tubes last year, and sold many of them very
quickly. This time around, I received another 52
tubes, and I sure don't need these sitting around
here! The tubes I purchased last year were sold by VDC for $3300 each (according to the invoice
attached to one of the boxes) to a flight simulator
system in November 2011. With the over 60 tubes I
sold and installed into sets I personally sold, the
tubes were 100%, zero issues. All bellows are
pliable with no weeping, and a number of the screws
used in the LC chamber and housing are stainless
This lot of 52 tubes appear to be even slightly
later vintage than the bunch I received last year.
While I can't tell the exact date (no packing slip
this time), the way the tubes were constructed
indicate a very late manufacturing date.
These tubes are the P19LCP tubes that fit the
Electrohome Marquee 9000, 9500, and 9500 Ultra sets.
They also fit the Madrigal Labs MP9 and the Vidikron
Vision 1. If you have a Marquee 8XXX series, now is
the time to easily (and cheaply) upgrade to turn
your set into a 9" set. All you need is a set of
tube mounting plates (I have stock at $150 per set),
and set of 9" lenses, easily found on my forum, or I
do have some stock of varying lenses as well.
Most, if not all of these tubes come with 9 pole
astig magnets, and all tubes are factory pre-aligned
by VDC. There's very little tweaking of the tube
magnetic that needs to be done, VDC does a really
good job at the factory. All green tubes come with
the dark green C element, the R and B tubes have
clear C elements.
I have a mix of tubes that I am selling, either
singly, or as an RGB set. Including last year's
purchase, I have:
Obviously, with only a few blue tubes in stock, I cannot sell them singly,
but will sell a full set of new in the box RGB tubes for $1200.00 USD plus
shipping. That's the lowest price you'll find anywhere for new 9" tubes. The
tubes can be taken out of the Marquee LC housing and used in Sony G90s, Barco
1209/1209s/909/919 and Ampro 4300 and 4600 projectors as well, but it's up to
you to do that.
I will double box each tube to ensure a safe arrival, and each
tube is 22 lbs, and measures 26" X 16" X 14". One these are sold, I don't know
if I will ever get more. I bought out every tube this chain of flight simulators
had in stock. Even if you have a 9" CRT projector with good tubes, this is a
great way to get a backup set. Tubes store well for years, so even if you don't
need them right now, take advantage of these ridiculous prices!
Vidikron Vision 1 projector
This projector is based on the top of the line
Electrohome Marquee 9500 Ultra CRT projector, with a
super nice fibreglass piano black finish case on it
complete set of pictures).
While some Vision One sets aren't Ultras, this is an
original Ultra, purchased in 2001, so it's also a
late model projector. Came from a high end home
theater in California. We changed out the red and
green tubes with brand new ones, due to glycol
contamination. The blue tube has been flushed (the
glycol was clean to start with), and is in excellent
All G2 levels are in the mid 60s, indicating lots
of life left on the electron gun. Also included with
the set are Mike Parker modded video cards, and the
video input board is the hard to find -02 board with
better video bandwidth than the stock -03. All
functions have been checked, and the set works as
new. A new ceiling bracket will also come with the
As for the case, it's one of the nicest
fibreglass cases we've had through here. Minimal
marks on it, and it will look incredible in your
Fully capable of resolving well past
optional HDMI card is available so you can
plug HDMI sources directly into the projector for
1080p goodness! The set comes with the -02 high
resolution/bandwidth RGBHV input card.
I will sell each one of
these Vision 1 sets for $3000 including a full set
of new RGB tubes and I'll throw in a new in the box
ceiling bracket! Remote and manual included as well
I currently have
one listed on eBay with a complete set of pictures.
I hope everyone is finally
enjoying this warmer weather!
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New Radiance models 2123, 2124, 2143, and 2144
Lumagen has announced four new Radiance video
processors, models 2123, 2124, 2143, and 2144.
All four increase the HDMI input count to eight,
and two feature scaling of SD and HD source material
as high as 4k60 UltraHD, maximizing video
performance by taking advantage of Lumagen's
proprietary NoRing™ scaling to scale film source to
4k24 and video to 4k60.
The new models include an improved colour
management system that supports 4913 point
(17x17x17) colour calibration as compared to the 729
point maximum available on previous models.
All models feature
Darbee image enhancement technology, first
introduced in the Radiance 20xx series.
For a complete breakdown of Radiance models, see
Radiance feature comparison table.
These new Radiance units are now available for
order at our CurtPalme.com discounted prices.
Limited time trade-ins are available,
allowing to you trade in just about any video
processor and save even further. We ship
For complete details see our
Radiance order page.
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