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Home Theater sales, calibration, & service

We sell select high end CRT projectors and other home theater products & accessories, including calibration tools for all display types. We also offer hundreds of free home theater tips, as well as a discussion forum.  Carefully refurbished and tested, our projectors will provide you with thousands of problem free hours of service. Since 1985 we have worked on over 5000 projectors and stock lots of spare parts. We offer trade-ins and can advise on what's best for you.

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Moome HDMI card sale
September 9, 2018

Moome's having a sale on his HDMI cards for CRT projectors (Sony, Marquee, and Barco).

These cards allow you to connect digital HDMI devices such as Blu-Ray players, PS4/Xbox One gaming consoles, AppleTV, and satellite/cable HDTV set-top boxes to your CRT projector.

Simply plug the card into your projector and connect with an HDMI cable. All cards offer IR remote control and advanced features such as gamma correction for perfect shadow detail.

Some models also add 3D functionality (additional hardware is required - see our HDMI card order pages for complete details).

Now's the perfect time to buy a backup as it's unknown how much longer he will continue to offer these products. Sale ends September 30. Free worldwide priority shipping.

Questions? Email us at Moome@CurtPalme.com.

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Pre-Owned Radiance 2143 units available (limited supply)
May 5, 2018


 

We have a very limited supply of pre-owned Radiance 2143 video processors available at greatly discounted prices. These units feature 8 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, no analog connections. These are all in "like new" condition (they might have a minor scratch but not on the front panel) and they come with Lumagen's standard 1 year limited-warranty. These units have all been fully tested by Lumagen. Contact us for pricing.

The Radiance 2143 is perfect for advanced auto-calibration which allows anyone with little or no training to fully calibrate their display with almost no user input to almost 5000 points. It adjusts the display's grayscale, gamma, and colours to levels of accuracy that are simply not achievable by manual (hands on) methods. Just setup a few simple options in ChromaPure software, click "Auto-Calibrate", and then go have a cup of coffee while the process completes. There is no need for the user to understand how calibration works. Suitable for all display types.

For a complete breakdown of how the Radiance 2143 compare to other models, see our Radiance feature comparison table.

Interested? Email kal@curtpalme.com for pricing.

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New Radiance Pro Models
January 31, 2018


The new Radiance Pro 424X-C (compact model): Same features, smaller footprint

Radiance Pro 424X-C

Over the past months Lumagen has been asked for a smaller version of the Radiance Pro for use in smaller systems, such as bedrooms that have limited space, or small enough to easily carry to a calibration job. Because of these requests they have added two new Radiance Pro units to the line-up: The Radiance Pro 4240-C and 4242-C (pictures above). The "-C" stands for "compact".

The 424X-C units are identical in hardware and function, and uses the same software, as current Radiance Pro 424X models. The only difference is the size: These new units are 11.3"W x 5.25"D x 1.75"H while the full size models which are 17"W x 10"D x 1.75"H. The front is similar to the Radiance 2020 except the IR sensor and LED have moved, and there is a Radiance Pro logo added. The back looks like the connector portion of the full sized Radiance Pro 424X. Pricing remains the same as the existing 424X models (while the case is smaller, the cost is dominated by manufacturing labor and production volume, and not material). 18 GHz upgrades are still available just like the current 4XXX models.

These new units are perfect for use with 4K panels where space may be limited but you still want perfect video and calibration. Our limited time $500 off discount on our advanced auto-calibration package still applies to these two new models, same as all other Radiance Pro units. Advanced auto-calibration allows anyone with little or no training to fully calibrate their display with almost no user input to almost 5000 points. It adjusts the display's grayscale, gamma, and colours to levels of accuracy that are simply not achievable by manual (hands on) methods. Just setup a few simple options in ChromaPure software, click "Auto-Calibrate", and then go have a cup of coffee while the process completes, usually in a few minutes. There is no need for the user to understand how calibration works. Suitable for all display types.

Radiance Pro 444X-1U

Lumagen has decided to transition to a 1U (1.75" height) case for all Radiance Pro products, so they have introduced Radiance Pro 444X-1U models. The 2U (3.5" height) chassis will remain the standard model until stock is gone. If you prefer a 1U version, let us know at the time of order.

Radiance 214X price drops

Effective immediately Radiance 2143/2144 prices have been dropped significantly, placing them $200 lower than the previous 2123/2124 prices! The Radiance 2123 and 2124 have now been discontinued.

Like the Radiance 2020, supply on remaining 2144/2143 units is low. Once these are sold Lumagen will not be building more. Focus will be on the 4K/HDR capable Radiance Pro series.

For a complete breakdown of how these Radiance units compare to other models, see our Radiance feature comparison table.

Questions? Email kal@curtpalme.com

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Barco 909 / CRT Projector Parts Blowout
December 16, 2017

Barco 909

Over the holidays, I will be putting up a number of Barco 909 projectors for sale at very attractive pricing. I have 5 in stock, and the tube condition and lenses will vary. I just took in a bunch of Barco 1209s projectors on trade, including a couple that have very low hour tubes in them, so I will be retubing the sets that I have, and will price them from $1500-$3000 USD, depending on tube condition and the type of lenses on them. I have two sets of the top of the line HFQ900 lenses, as well as the more standard GT17 lenses, and a few sets of the small screen HD10L ones as well. I do also have red and green colored C elements that can be added to any of these 909s.

If you’re interested send me an email, and I will contact you as I work through the projectors, between Christmas and New Years. Remotes are included, ceiling brackets are not. I do have two ceiling brackets available at $150 USD each if you need them. The 909 is the pinnacle of CRT, and I personally use two 909s in a stacked configuration in my own 10' wide theater.

CRT Projector Parts Blowout

I am liquidating many projector parts and tubes as following:

Boards are $15 USD each plus shipping, minimum order 4 boards. Boards are untested, but were working when put on the shelf. I will not knowingly sell defective boards here, in fact I'll throw a defective board in as a freebie if you want it, as I do have some that are clearly marked as having issues.

The $15 each also applies to whatever tubes I have here for 8" sets. Reds will be pristine, blues and greens may have some wear, but I will indicate such via email before I ship so you know what you're getting. I will ship tubes separately, they will get crushed if I pack them with PC boards.

The projector boards and tubes include:

  • NEC XG
  • NEC XGLC
  • Barco 1208
  • Barco 1209
  • Barco 808
  • Barco 70X series
  • Barco 800/801 (I have almost nothing for these sets at this point)
  • Sony 12XX (almost nothing left)
  • Sony 1292 (very limited stock at this point)
  • Marquee non Ultra boards*
  • Worn Barco 1209s tubes with mounting frames
  • Worn Marquee 9500 tubes c/w yokes and mounting frames. Very useful for upgrading to LUG tubes while continuing to watch your existing set.

*Most Marquee non Ultra CLMs will need the battery to be replaced, a new battery is NOT included in the $15 price.

What is NOT included:

  • Barco quadruplers and HV splitters
  • Barco 909 chassis and derivatives thereof (Cine 9, Runco 1200, etc)
  • Sony G90 parts
  • Marquee Ultra boards of any kind
  • Marquee LV and HV power supplies
  • Most other 9" parts

I will also sell a limited selection of Barco HV quadruplers and HV splitters at $75 each untested, or $100 each, tested for 24 hours in a chassis prior to shipping. I have about 5 of each available.

Please email me, indicating what you're interested in.

It will take me some time to respond, but I can deal with most requests to get them out before Christmas. I will be working in the shop like a madman all through the holidays to catch up on my backlog as well. My sound company day job (www.soundsolutionscanada.com) has had me very busy since the beginning of June, but it's finally starting to slow down, giving me time to process CRT parts and projector orders. This is a great way to stock up on spare boards, some of which are getting hard to find. I will still support CRT until the last one is pulled out of service/ (That will be my own two 909s on my ceiling!). I still have test chassis, and still do many repairs of boards every month.

Cheers!

See my eBay summary for more listings.

Questions? Email Curt.

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Radiance 2020 End of Production Sale
November 21, 2017

The Radiance 2020 has been discontinued. The few units left are being liquidated at only $1399 (regular price is $2249). We ship worldwide including free US/Canada shipping. Very limited quantities available. Once these are gone they are gone for good. Bundle with our ChromaPure advanced auto-cal package for quick and easy automatic calibration. GO 

For a complete breakdown of how the Radiance 2020 compares to other models, see our Radiance feature comparison table.

What is automatic calibration?

Automatic calibration allows anyone with little or no training to fully calibrate their display with almost no user input. It adjusts the display's grayscale, gamma, and colours to levels of accuracy that are simply not achievable by manual methods. Just setup a few simple options in ChromaPure software, click "Auto-Calibrate", and then go have a cup of coffee while the process completes, usually in a few minutes. There is no need for the user to understand how calibration works. Suitable for all display types.

Why use automatic calibration?

Previously, calibration required the user to adjust their display manually while ChromaPure software read the results using a meter. The user would loop through displaying test patterns, reading the results, and making adjustments, until the results were as close to accurate as possible. These calibration steps are outlined in our free step by step guide.

Manual calibration has many drawbacks:

  • Requires the user to have access to typically hidden (service menu) controls in the display.
  • Displays often have limited adjustments that do not work correctly, or are cryptic.
  • Displays often have only 1 gamma adjustment, if any at all (compared to up to 21 points with auto-cal).
  • Displays often only have only 2 greyscale adjustments, if any at all (compared to up to 21 points with auto-cal).
  • Manual calibration of colour is typically only done at 6 points (if the adjustments are even available). Automatic calibration is done at up to 4913 points for greatly increased accuracy.
  • Manual calibration is time consuming.
  • Manual calibration requires the user to interpret the meter readings and make the necessary changes in the display. Our free step by step guide is a step in the right direction, but the process is still manually driven and can take hours, especially for someone new to the process.

All of these can result in a less than perfect calibration. Only automatic calibration, done outside of the display, can compensate for these issues.

How does automatic calibration work?

Automatic calibration is an optional add-on to ChromaPure software, and it works in conjunction with a Lumagen Radiance external video processor. The processor acts as both a test pattern signal generator and calibration device. ChromaPure tells the video processor to display test patterns, measures the results with a meter, and then tells the video processor how to adjust the signal to compensate for display errors. This cycle repeats (often for thousands of test points) until the measured results are as close to perfect as possible.

Once completed, the video processor stays in the signal chain permanently, constantly adjusting the signal in real time to keep the display perfectly calibrated. ChromaPure evens generates a before and after calibration report for you.

Why does the number of calibration points matter?

When using a Radiance video processor, calibration of up to 4913 colour points can be done achieving unparalleled colour accuracy. Instead of manually colour calibrating to only the 6 primary/secondary colours that make up the boundary of all known colours (called the gamut), we can now calibrate throughout the entire colour space by measuring and correcting up to 4913 colours. Only calibrating at the boundaries (as is done with manual calibration) can still leave many inaccuracies (see real life example).

This revolutionary level of calibration accuracy has only been made possible by advancements in processing power found in the Radiance family of video processors. Manual calibration at thousands of points is simply not possible because displays do not have look up tables (LUTs) in which to store the correction information. Even if they did, manually calibrating to thousands of points would quite literally take the user weeks to perform.

Questions? Email kal@curtpalme.com

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Add 3D to your TV/projector with the new lower priced 3D-Discover
October 4, 2017

No 3D? No problem! Don't replace your TV. Simply add a 3D-Discover and glasses!

Identical to the original 3D-Theatre, the 3D-Discover drops the price significantly by only supporting 120Hz output (no 60Hz available) as found on digital displays today (and most high-end CRT projectors). This product is much the same as the now discontinued Optoma 3D-XL or Viewsonic VP3D1 but at a much lower price and a much smaller physical size.

Create a bundle by adding our high end, completely adjustable RF glasses with emitter. RF means they are completely immune to interference and do not require line of sight.

The 3D-Discover supports the most common 3D signal types including frame-packing, side-by-side, top-bottom. It is firmware updatable so that new features can be added in the future as needed.

Completely plug & play. Simply add the 3D-Discover between your source and the display. Works on all 720p (or better) HD displays that support 120Hz. Upgrade to 3D at a fraction of the cost of buying a new display.

Enjoy the latest 3D movies such as Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Beauty and the Beast, Kong Skull Island, and more!

Supporting all 120Hz displays including 120hz 3D Ready projectors by brands like Optoma, Benq, Viewsonic, etc.

Reviews/Testimonials

"No ghosting on the image and the 3D effect on my 120" screen is out of this world... This blows the Movie Cinema's away, when you can set this up on a big screen. And I love the added bonus of taking the 3D-Theatre to anyone's house to enjoy 3D since it works on any display. What more can I say except I am glad Optoma delayed their product since the 3D-Theatre is 110 times better and supports ALL formats (unlike the 3D-XL) So if your thinking of making the move to 3D but can't afford a 3DTV, or heck, why even bother buying a 3DTV when you can use the 3D-Theatre with your existing TV and/or projector ... PRICELESSS" - Ian

"ONE WORD! AWESOME!!! Don't let the small size or the very basic appearance of the 3D-Theater sway you in any way! It's the performance of this little box that really impressed me. After waiting quite some time for the 3D-XL to come out which still hasn't shipped in any volume I decided to get this instead, and sure glad I did. It is super simple to setup and works perfect with the PS3 and also with my WD TV Live media player for playing SBS 3D files. I have it hooked up to my Optoma GT720 120hz 3D Ready short throw and watching 3D Blu-Ray on a 135" screen is simply breathtaking! Get one you won't be disappointed!!" - John

Questions? Email us at kal@curtpalme.com

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New ChromaPure Calibration Accessories Bundle - FREE US SHIPPING
July 12, 2017

We've created a new ChromaPure calibration accessories bundle that includes our popular ChromaPure calibration disc, tripod extension (standard or heavy duty), and a 10 foot USB extender cable.

Get all of our handy tools for calibrating your displays in one package. Best of all it ships for FREE! (US sales only)

This calibration bundlee is also included for free with any purchase of any Chromapure Display 3 PRO bundle (worldwide shipping available).

Confused about meters?  See our FAQ: Which meter is right for me?
Questions? Email us at: chromapure@curtpalme.com

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Save $500+ on our advanced auto-calibration package with the purchase of a Radiance PRO
March 14, 2017

Effective immediately, purchase a Radiance Pro video processor to get our advanced auto-calibration package for only $280. That's more than a $500 savings! This is our most popular automatic calibration package and includes ChromaPure Standard, Advanced Auto-Calibrate, and a Display 3 PRO meter. Discount available for a limited time only! We ship worldwide.

What is automatic calibration?

Automatic calibration allows anyone with little or no training to fully calibrate their display with almost no user input. It adjusts the display's grayscale, gamma, and colours to levels of accuracy that are simply not achievable by manual methods. Just setup a few simple options in ChromaPure software, click "Auto-Calibrate", and then go have a cup of coffee while the process completes, usually in a few minutes. There is no need for the user to understand how calibration works. Suitable for all display types.

Why use automatic calibration?

Previously, calibration required the user to adjust their display manually while ChromaPure software read the results using a meter. The user would loop through displaying test patterns, reading the results, and making adjustments, until the results were as close to accurate as possible. These calibration steps are outlined in our free step by step guide.

Manual calibration has many drawbacks:

  • Requires the user to have access to typically hidden (service menu) controls in the display.
  • Displays often have limited adjustments that do not work correctly, or are cryptic.
  • Displays often have only 1 gamma adjustment, if any at all (compared to up to 21 points with auto-cal).
  • Displays often only have only 2 greyscale adjustments, if any at all (compared to up to 21 points with auto-cal).
  • Manual calibration of colour (gamut) is typically only done at 6 points, if the adjustments are even available (compared to up to 4913 points with auto-cal).
  • Time consuming. Manual calibration requires the user to interpret the meter readings and make the necessary changes in the display. Our free step by step guide is a step in the right direction, but the process is still manually driven and can take hours, especially for someone new to the process.

All of these can result in a less than perfect calibration. Only automatic calibration, done outside of the display, can compensate for these issues.

How does automatic calibration work?

Automatic calibration is an optional add-on to ChromaPure software, and it works in conjunction with a Lumagen Radiance external video processor. The processor acts as both a test pattern signal generator and calibration device. ChromaPure tells the video processor to display test patterns, measures the results with a meter, and then tells the video processor how to adjust the signal to compensate for display errors. This cycle repeats (often for thousands of test points) until the measured results are as close to perfect as possible.

Once completed, the video processor stays in the signal chain permanently, constantly adjusting the signal in real time to keep the display perfectly calibrated. ChromaPure evens generate a before and after calibration report for you.

Why does the number of calibration points matter?

When using a Radiance video processor, calibration of up to 4913 colour points can be done achieving unparalleled colour accuracy. Instead of manually colour calibrating to only the 6 primary/secondary colours that make up the boundary of all known colours (called the gamut), we can calibrate throughout the entire colour space by measuring and correcting up to 4913 colours. Only calibrating at the boundaries (as is done with manual calibration) can still leave many inaccuracies (see real life example).

This revolutionary level of calibration accuracy has only been made possible by recent advancements in processing power found in the Radiance family of video processors. Manual calibration at thousands of points is simply not possible because displays do not have look up tables (LUTs) in which to store the correction information. Even if they did, manually calibrating to thousands of points would quite literally take the user weeks to perform.

Which Radiance Pro is right for me?

Radiance Pro units all offer the same world class image processing. They mostly differ by the number of inputs and outputs. For complete details see our Radiance feature comparison table.

The Radiance Pro is regarded as the world's best video processor/scaler, with advanced Greyscale & Gamma correction, and a powerful Colour Management System (CMS). A requirement if absolute picture perfection is to be achieved. All units support 4K UltraHD, HDR, optional 18Ghz inputs, and HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2.

US/Canada shipping with tracking and insurance is included in all our Radiance orders. International shipping available too with a surcharge at checkout. We ship worldwide.

Questions? Email us at: lumagen@curtpalme.com

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UPDATED: ChromaPure Grayscale & Color Calibration for Dummies
February 14, 2017

Our ChromaPure Grayscale & Color Calibration for Dummies guide has been revamped to correspond with ChromaPure 3.1. We've also added instructions on how to calibrate the latest 4K UHD TVs to Rec. 2020 / HDR standards.

This step by step guide is for the home theater enthusiast who wants to get the absolute best picture out of any TV or projector. It will show you how to obtain the most accurate colors possible on any display regardless of what sort of technology it uses (Plasma, LCD/LED/OLED, DLP, CRT, etc). It doesn't matter if it's a 20 year old analog model or the most recent 4K projector or TV. All will benefit from calibration.

New features in ChromaPure 3

  • New streamlined and efficient user interface
  • Enhanced user-configurable reporting
  • User-defined automated measurements
  • Multiple gamma runs on one chart for comparison
  • 12/21 point selectable Lumagen LUT auto-calibrate
  • User-selectable dynamic range for grayscale and gamma
  • dE method selectable by module
  • System-wide gamma, select once and apply everywhere
  • Calibration Templates for unlimited customized measurements and reporting
  • Support for sRGB gamma
  • Support for Rec. 2020 gamut

New videos have been added to our ChromaPure order page showcasing some of these new features.

Questions? Email Kal!

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High-end CRT projectors
January 10, 2017

A few very high end CRT projectors in great shape have recently become available. These units represent the pinnacle of CRT projector brands, with focusing, convergence and astig adjustments beyond that of any other set.

  • (Qty: 1) Runco DTV 1200 / Barco Cine 9: $2800 USD. While there have been several other Barco 909s listed lately on eBay, most of those either had issues or had the wrong lenses and/or had tubes that were rotated 90 degrees for flight simulator use, which isn't suitable for most home theater installations. They also don't have the lower noise fan circuit installed, nor the color corrected C elements, which this projector has. This Barco was produced after the initial software and defective capacitor issues that plagued earlier production runs. This projector came out of a sophisticated installation in Toronto, where it was rarely used. You'll get 8000 hours+ out of these tubes. This CRT projector will give high resolution images, at 2500 X 2000 maximum, which is well beyond 1080p. With an HDMI card, (not included), the set will handle all 1080p signals with ease, and at 1200 lumens, will fill almost any size screen. Our own home theater uses two Barco 909s in a stacked configuration on a 10' wide screen, and the quality is amazing. The tubes are LUGs in this projector, which were the stock tubes, and as sharp as you can get. The lenses are scratch free, as are the C elements. The keypad door is included, but the hinges are broken, so we have put Velcro in their place to keep the door in place. The projector will come with an original remote control and power cord. Regardless of where you live in the world, the projector will switch between line voltages, from 100-240 volts with an internal jumper, and works with 50 or 60 Hz. On eBay here.

  • (Qty: 1) Sony G90: $1800 USD. As you can see by the tube face pictures, they are in good shape, and have great emission. You'll get 7000 hours+ out of these tubes. The projector also comes with a late model 2-input HDMI input card and remote. This CRT projector will give high resolution images, at 2500 X 2000 maximum, which is well beyond 1080p. The set will handle all 1080p signals with ease, and at 1200 lumens, will fill almost any size screen. The tubes are LUGs in this projector, which were the stock tubes, and as sharp as you can get. The lenses are also the sharpest possible from Sony, the HD-10F lenses. The lenses are scratch free, as are the C elements. We have changed out the Dallas memory chip so you've got no chance of it failing. The set had an original 2400 hours on it, the hour meter got reset when we changed out the Dallas chip, and now reads only the amount of test hours we put on the set. The factory remote is included. The case has some minor marks on it, but the case can be removed, and it takes paint well. Otherwise, the marks are minimal, and the set looks good as it sits. The keypad door is included, but the hinges are broken, so we have put Velcro in their place to keep the door in place. The projector will come with a programmed universal remote control and power cord. Regardless of where you live in the world, the projector will switch between line voltages, from 100-240 volts, and works with 50 or 60 Hz.  On eBay here.

  • (Qty: 1) Barco Reality 909: $2500 USD. As mentioned above, there have been several 909s listed lately on eBay, most of those either had issues or had the wrong lenses and/or had tubes that were rotated 90 degrees for flight simulator use, which isn't suitable for most home theater installations. This Barco was also produced after the initial software and defective capacitor issues that plagued earlier production runs. This projector came out of a sophisticated installation in San Francisco, where it was rarely used. As you can see by the tube face pictures, they are in excellent shape, and have great emission. You'll get 9000 hours+ out of these tubes. This CRT projector will give high resolution images, at 2500 X 2000 maximum, which is well beyond 1080p. With an HDMI card, (not included), the set will handle all 1080p signals with ease, and at 1200 lumens, will fill almost any size screen. The tubes are LUGs in this projector, which were the stock tubes, and as sharp as you can get. The lenses are also the sharpest possible, the Barco HFQ900 lenses, the best you can get. The lenses are scratch free, as are the C elements. The case has some minor marks on it, but the case can be removed, and it takes paint well. Otherwise, the marks are minimal, and the set looks good as it sits. The keypad door is included, but the hinges are broken, so we have put Velcro in their place to keep the door in place. The projector will come with a programmed universal remote control and power cord. Regardless of where you live in the world, the projector will switch between line voltages, from 100-240 volts with an internal jumper, and works with 50 or 60 Hz. We do have red and green C elements in stock to turn this 909 into the equivalent of the Cine 9 if interested. On eBay here.

We have sold hundreds of CRT projectors in the last 15 years, and carry all parts in stock for the above projectors, including HV quadruplers, tubes and all modules. We know these projectors inside and out, and set them up completely to ensure all functions are working properly, and that they will last for many years. More importantly, we give after sales support now and down the road.

As for shipping, these units weigh about 275 lbs with the pallet it will be packaged on, so they have to ship air freight or via truck within North America. Ground shipping ranges between $250-450 USD, and air shipping to Europe will run about $500 USD. Australia and New Zealand are about $850 USD. Contact us for an exact price. Will arrive intact, and will be insured for shipping. The projector will be shipped in a foam lined road case on a pallet. The road case does have casters and handles on it for easy transportation.

See our eBay summary for complete listings.

Questions? Email Curt.

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Murideo SIX-G 4K Video Test Pattern Generator now available
Sep 21, 2016

The Murideo SIX-G is for the AV integration market to confirm HDMI 2.0(a) and HDCP 2.2 operation at the 18 GBPS level. Additionally, the SIX-G is an excellent troubleshooting tool for distributed HDMI systems and a reference source for video calibration and is now supported by ChromaPure Professional.

One of the biggest challenges for integrators today is determining what infrastructure to put in the systems they design and further verifying that all of the components will work together. Over the past few years UHD TVs have been a mix of HDCP 2.2 and 1.4 – even to the point of varying by port.

The SIX-G takes out the guess work and provides absolute information about HDMI components that will work and IDs ones that won’t work – all in a hand-held, affordable, portable field tool.

The SIX-G is designed to be extremely accessible shipping with free control software, plus front panel controls that allow access to 99% of the features.

The SIX-G carries a complete suite of ISF test patterns, selectable color output level, RGB Triplets and Constant APL (Average Picture Level) all in one place, making it a calibrators dream.

Technical Specifications

  • HDMI 2.0(a) – 600Mcsc, 2160P60 4:4:4 maximum resolution
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Injector, and management
  • Video Bandwidth - 18 GBP/sec.
  • HDCP 2.2 Compatible
  • 48 Bit Per Pixel Color Depth Available
  • 2600 MAH Battery
  • DC 5V Power

Questions? Email us at: chromapure@curtpalme.com

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New lower priced Radiance Pro 4K units now available
April 22, 2016

The new 4K UltraHD capable Radiance Pro models 4240 and 4242 are now available for order at special CurtPalme.com prices.  Contact us for trade-ins (any video processor) and the guaranteed best price.

Based on the Radiance Pro 444X design, but with 2 HDMI outputs instead of 4, the two new units are the Radiance Pro 4240 (2 inputs), and the Radiance Pro 4242 (4 inputs). Both come in 1U size (17" x 2" [1.75" without feet] x 9.5") which is the same size as the Radiance 2143 and RadianceXS-3D units.

The complete Radiance Pro model lineup is now:

  • Radiance Pro 4240: 2 inputs, 2 processed outputs
  • Radiance Pro 4242: 4 inputs, 2 processed outputs
  • Radiance Pro 4440: 2 inputs, 4 processed outputs
  • Radiance Pro 4442: 4 inputs, 4 processed outputs
  • Radiance Pro 4444: 6 inputs, 4 processed outputs
  • Radiance Pro 4446: 8 inputs, 4 processed outputs
  • Radiance Pro 4449: 8 inputs, 4 processed outputs, 6 switched outputs

The new 424X series uses the same FPGA (processor) as existing Radiance Pro models, and has all of the video processing features of the 444X models minus PiP/PoP support.

By keeping the input count to a maximum of four and the output count to a maximum of two, the 424X models allow for some cost reduction compared to the 444X models. The Radiance Pro 4240 is perfect for systems that use a matrix switch for input selection, or switch sources using an AVR. The Radiance Pro 4242 works well as the source switcher for smaller systems.

The 424x models use the same dual-input/dual-output daughter card I/O modules as the 444X models and so currently support 9 GHz I/O. Radiance Pro 424X hardware is at production status, and software is in Beta.

For complete details see our Radiance order page and newly updated feature comparison table.

US/Canada shipping with tracking and insurance is included in all our Radiance prices. International shipping available too with a surcharge at checkout. We ship worldwide.

Questions? Email us at: lumagen@curtpalme.com

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Radiance Pro with 4K UltraHD processing now shipping
January 15, 2016

The new 4K UltraHD capable Radiance Pro is now available for order. The ideal video processor for your new 4K projector or TV! Contact us for trade-ins and the guaranteed best price.

The Radiance Pro features up to 8 HDMI inputs, 4 HDMI processed outputs, and 6 HDMI switched (unprocessed) outputs. All inputs and outputs support 4K Ultra HD (2160p60) and the newest HDMI standards (HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2).

Five models are available:

  • Radiance Pro 4440: 2 inputs and 4 processed outputs.
  • Radiance Pro 4442: 4 inputs and 4 processed outputs.
  • Radiance Pro 4444: 6 inputs and 4 processed outputs.
  • Radiance Pro 4446: 8 inputs and 4 processed outputs.
  • Radiance Pro 4449: 8 inputs, 4 processed outputs, and 6 switched outputs.

In addition to end to end 4K FullHD processing, some other notable features include:

  • The new HDMI 2.0 chips are from Silicon Image and have an internal microprocessor with reprogrammable flash memory. This will allow Lumagen to provide updates when Silicon Image provides a new release and should help to eliminate compatibility issues. Some back story: Before with HDMI 1.X chips each company had to implement much of the HDMI protocols on its own. Often the HDMI specification, or the HDMI chip specifications, left a lot to the imagination. This meant each company had to make independent decisions on how to do their implementation based on incomplete specifications. Now with the internal processor being programmed by the chip manufacturer, and its processor doing virtually all the HDMI compatibility work, issues should be dramatically reduced. Even more so for the Radiance Pro when connected to other products that use the new Silicon Image HDMI 2.0 chips, which many will.
  • The inputs are on "dual input" daughter cards and the outputs are on "dual output" daughter cards. This allows upgrades to be offered when new HDMI technology becomes available. It also allows replacing a single input/output card if there is a surge event that takes out an input/output, rather than the entire unit.
  • The Radiance Pro can have up to eight inputs, and four "processed" outputs. Just as the previous Radiance units have two outputs that can output audio and/or video from the same source, these four outputs also output the same processed video and/or audio stream. Having four outputs allows for a projector, a TV, a Receiver/Audio-processor, and a spare.
  • There can be up to six additional zones of switched (only) outputs on some models. These are independent and give the Radiance Pro up to seven independent zones. This is useful for installers as it avoids the need for a separate matrix switch. An example would be a home with 7 TVs where only 2 will ever be in use at once. Only 2 sets of source devices is therefore required (not 7) which lowers the cost. The Radiance Pro is then used to direct these sources to whichever TVs are in use.
  • The Radiance Pro features much faster switching than previous models as there is no GF9450 deinterlacing chip to have to setup and wait for.

A bit of trivia: The powerful FPGA chip used in the Radiance Pro costs more than all of the parts in the Radiance 2020 combined. This and other aspects of the Radiance Pro architecture mean it sits well above the previously top of the line Radiance 2144 in terms of processing power and flexibility for future upgrades.

For complete details see our Radiance order page and newly updated feature comparison table.

Questions? Email us at: lumagen@curtpalme.com

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ChromaPure 3 now available!
December 30, 2015

ChromaPure 3 is now available! Discounted upgrade pricing is available for existing 2.x users. The upgrade is FREE for customers who purchased ChromaPure after December 17, 2014!

This is the most comprehensive upgrade in the product's history. ChromaPure has been completely redesigned to make it more powerful and even easier to use.

New features in ChromaPure 3

  • New streamlined and efficient user interface
  • Enhanced user-configurable reporting
  • User-defined automated measurements
  • Multiple gamma runs on one chart for comparison
  • 12/21 point selectable Lumagen LUT auto-calibrate
  • User-selectable dynamic range for grayscale and gamma
  • dE method selectable by module
  • System-wide gamma, select once and apply everywhere
  • Calibration Templates for unlimited customized measurements and reporting
  • Support for sRGB gamma
  • Support for Rec. 2020 gamut

New videos have been added to our ChromaPure order page showcasing some of these new features.

Upgrading to ChromaPure 3

  • Current ChromaPure users who purchased after December 17, 2014 are entitled to a free upgrade to Version 3. See our ChromaPure order page to download your copy.
  • All other users may upgrade from ChromaPure Standard 2.x for a special CurtPalme.com discounted price. See our ChromaPure order page.

Confused about meters?  See our FAQ: Which meter is right for me?
Questions? Email us at: chromapure@curtpalme.com

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Quantum Dot display support added to the Display 3 PRO meter
August 5, 2015

Support for displays that light with Quantum Dot technology is now being added to all new Display 3 PRO orders. Calibrate your newest display with increased accuracy!

Quantum dots are different than white LED phosphors used in typical LED backlit displays and emit in much narrower bandwidths. This allows for a wider colour gamut when the emission peaks are well-aligned with the RGB filters employed in the LCD display. Quantum dots can therefore increase the colour space of LCD panels from today's relatively narrow Rec. 709 colour space used in HD content, to close to 100% of the DCI colour space used in movie theatres. The caveat of course is that a new display standard (possibly Rec. 2020) has to be defined and implemented in the source content before this extended colour range can be properly used. This is something we may see in the future. (More information)

Quantum Dot correction may also be added to existing Display 3 PRO meters, but the meter needs to be recalibrated. The corrections we offer address not only the differences in display technology but also meter-to-meter variation, which is very real. When we add a new correction mode, the user needs three things to take advantage of it: A new ChromaPure licence which we provide (the older licence won't recognize the new mode), the latest build of ChromaPure software, and a new meter calibration. We have to measure the new display technology using your meter to apply a valid correction. The normal fee for a full meter recalibration is $175. However, for existing customers who just want the new Quantum Dot correction mode and are not interested in a full recalibration, the cost is $50. Email us at ChromaPure@CurtPalme.com if interested.

Questions? Email us at ChromaPure@CurtPalme.com.

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Colorimetry Research CR-250 Reference Spectroradiometer
April 28, 2015

The new Colorimetry Research CR-250 Reference Spectroradiometer is the most affordable reference spectroradiometer available today. A better bang for your buck than the JETI 1211, but not quite as fast. ORDER NOW

There are two colour analyzers that professionals and dedicated enthusiasts generally seek: A professional quality colorimeter for every day work (the "field" meter) and a reference spectroradiometer to keep the colorimeter accurate (the "reference" meter).

Unfortunately, such spectroradiometers are not cheap. The Photo Research and Minolta reference spectros start at about $15,000 USD and go up to near $30,000 USD.

Now there is a new entry to the reference spectroradiometer on the market, the CR-250.

In our testing of the CR-250 we have found that it performs as well or better than the JETI spectros, the only other sub-$10,000 spectros on the market. It does this at the low price point of $6990.

The CR-250 has all of the accuracy expected of a reference device and is fast enough with enough low-end sensitivity that it can be used as a stanalone color analyzer, though most will probably use it to correct a colorimeter such as the CR-100. Its speed, low-light sensitivity, and repeatability are world-class.

The CR-250 is one of the most affordable reference spectroradiometers available. Just mount on a tripod facing towards the source, connect to ChromaPure Professional, and then use as you would any other color analyzer.

For a complete review and other details see our Colorimetry Research CR-250 order page.

Questions? Email us at ChromaPure@CurtPalme.com.

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ChromaPure Tripod Extension
April 26, 2015

For some time we have been looking for a simple, inexpensive product that would enhance the user's ability to precisely place a Display 3 PRO (or other meter) that has been mounted to a tripod. The new ChromaPure Tripod Extension fits the bill exactly.

It is very common to have a flat panel installed in a location that is recessed from available floor space, which prevents one from placing a tripod mounted Display 3 PRO at a proper distance from the screen. The ChromaPure Tripod extension makes this very simple now. The extension arm is very light weight, yet sturdy and it extends the meter forward from the base of the tripod.

If you have a ceiling mounted front projector there may be times where you want to read directly from the lens. This has always been difficult with ceiling mounts because tripods are generally not tall enough to provide the necessary height. The ChromaPure Tripod Extension solves this problem.

Two versions are available: A standard version that can hold meters up to 1 lb in weight at an extension of up to 3.5 feet (perfect for a Display 3 PRO or other small meter), and a heavy duty version for meters up to 2 lbs in weight at an extension of up to 4 feet.

The ChromaPure Tripod Extension (standard version) is now included with the purchase of any ChromaPure Display 3 PRO bundle or Display 3 PRO auto-calibrate bundle. It is also sold separately at a CurtPalme.com discounted price. The perfect addition to any calibration toolkit!

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