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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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Radiance Pro 4242 OPEN BOX SALE
November 15, 2019

We have a very limited supply of open box Radiance Pro 4242 / 4242-18G video processors available at discounted pricing!

These units feature 4K processing with 4 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, no analog connections, with either 9Ghz or 18Ghz HDMI. These are all in "like new" condition but simply can't be sold as new as they were used as demonstrators or customer returns (wrong unit purchased). All have been fully tested by Lumagen and are cosmetically perfect. These come with full 1 year manufacturer warranty and support (just like new units). Other models available too, contact us for details. Supply is extremely limited, first come / first served.

Extra $500 off advanced auto-calibration package

The $500 discount on our advanced auto-calibration package still applies to these open box Radiance Pro 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 the included 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 Radiance models, see our Radiance feature comparison table.

Questions? Email kal@curtpalme.com

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Datacolor SpyderX colorimeters now shippinging
September 3, 2018

Buy direct from our ChromaPure partner at prices lower than buying off their own website! Same product, same support, just more money in your pocket at the end of the day. ORDER NOW »

Recently introduced, the new SpyderX is by far the best Spyder colorimeter Datacolor has ever offered. It provides massive improvements in speed and low-light sensitivity over previous Spyders. It's our new recommended budget meter for those who do not need to calibrate projectors and want a slightly lower cost option to the Display 3 PRO. If you have been interested in calibrating your own displays but have been deterred by the high cost of color meters and good software, this meter is for you. Professional quality results at a non-pro price.

We offer the SpyderX PRO which takes the regular SpyderX one step further and offers professional grade accuracy at a price affordable to the amateur hobbyist or enthusiast on over a dozen display types including the newest OLED, Quantum Dot (QLED), and Laser driven displays. Only available when used with ChromaPure.

For complete details on the performance of the new SpyderX and how it compares to other popular lower priced meters like the X-Rite i1Display Pro (Display 3) see our SpyderX order page.

Questions? Email kal@curtpalme.com.

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JETI Spectraval 1501/1511 Reference Spectroradiometers
October 8, 2018

Coming off the enormous success of the JETI 1211, JETI has developed a new line of reference spectroradiometers that seek to offer equivalent performance to the 1211 at an even lower cost and with increased user flexibility.

The JETI Spectraval 1501/1511 spectroradiometers are the most affordable true reference device available. The Spectraval 1511 is less expensive than the JETI 1211 with similar performance and significantly enhanced user flexibility. Just mount either on a tripod, facing towards the source, connect to ChromaPure Professional and use as you would any other color analyzer.

For more information see our JETI Spectraval 1501/1511 order page.

Questions? Email kal@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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John Wick: Chapter 3 
Godzilla: King of the Monster 
Rocketman 
1984 The Criterion Collection 
Avengers: Endgame 
Shazam! 
LEGO Movie 2, The: The Second Part 
Aquaman 
Ralph Breaks The Internet 
A Star Is Born (2018) 
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 
Incredibles 2 
Ant-Man And The Wasp 
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 
Ready Player One 
Deadpool 2 
In the Mouth of Madness 
The Virgin Suicides Criterion Collection 
Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi 
Thor: Ragnarok 
Coco 
The Silence of the Lambs The Criterion Collection 
American Made 
Blade Runner 2049 
Despicable Me 3 
Game of Thrones Season 7 
Dunkirk 
Atomic Blonde 
Wind River 
Cars 3 
Othello Criterion Collection 
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 
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Kong: Skull Island 
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John Wick: Chapter 2 
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Game of Thrones: Season 6 
Taxi Driver: 40th Anniversary Edition 
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Bad Moms 
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Zootopia 
Zoolander 2 
Deadpool (4K) 
The Revenant 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
The Hateful Eight 
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The Martian 
Everest 
Hotel Transylvania 2 
Sicario 
Ant-Man 
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 
Minions 
Jurassic World 
Inside Out 
Terminator Genisys 
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron 
Mad Max: Fury Road 
Furious 7 
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 
Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary Edition 
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Kung Fu Killer 
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Chappie 
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 
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