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Home Theater sales, calibration, & service

We sell 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. Why CRT? With true blacks, real contrast ratios beyond 40,000:1, and colours that do not drift, people still choose CRT projectors for home theaters and movie mixing studios where HDTV and Blu-ray playback quality is paramount. 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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Projectors for sale
August 9, 2014

See our CRT Primer to read why CRT projectors are still used where reliability and picture quality is paramount. Our Projector Rankings page will show you how they stack up. Not sure what projector is right for you? Email Curt for help!

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 below.

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:

  • (Qty 2) NEC XG75 / XG110: 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 these.

  • (Qty 1) NEC XG110LC: 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.

  • (Qty 2) Electrohome Marquee 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 each.

  • (Qty 1) 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.

  • (Qty 1) 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!

  • (Qty 2) Barco 909: 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! $4500.00.

  • 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. 

See my eBay summary for more listings.

Questions? Email Curt.

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AccuPel Test Pattern Generator ON SALE
June 30, 2014

What the pros use to calibrate! Save up to $400 - For a limited time only. ORDER NOW »

The 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 price.

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 pattern generator:

  • 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.

  • Speed: Each 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.

Pattern generators 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.

Questions? Email us at: chromapure@curtpalme.com

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NEW: Practical Guide to Home Theater Acoustics
June 24, 2014

A new practical guide to home theater acoustics, written for the everyday home theater enthusiast.

In the process of creating a great sounding home theater, acoustics have to play a big part of the project.

Most enthusiasts find however that as soon as they begin to study acoustics they're quickly buried in physics, math, formulas, and calculations.

The 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 theaters.

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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NEW: Private Home Theater Tours
June 24, 2014

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, including:

  • Why did they build a home theater in the first place?
  • 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 video content.

To order see our Private Home Theater Tours page.

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ChromaPure / Display 3 PRO bundle SALE
June 15, 2014

New to calibration? Our most popular 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 before!

Doesn't matter if you're new to calibration or a seasoned professional, our ChromaPure / Display 3 PRO bundle provides all the features you need, including advanced features not found in any free software.

With the 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.

Paired with 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 HomeTheaterHiFi.com.

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 ChromaPure order page. We ship worldwide.

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

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9" tubes / Vidikron Vision 1 projector
June 15, 2014

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 steel.

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 (see 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 shape.

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 projector.

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 home theater.

Fully capable of resolving well past 1080p. An 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 of course.

I currently have one listed on eBay with a complete set of pictures.

I hope everyone is finally enjoying this warmer weather!

See my eBay summary for more listings.

Questions? Email Curt!

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New Radiance models 2123, 2124, 2143, and 2144
May 10, 2014

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 newly updated 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 worldwide.

For complete details see our Radiance order page.

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Blu-ray disc must-have titles. Buy the latest and best Blu-ray titles to show off in your home theater!
Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project 
Joe 
Noah 
Rio 2 
Need for Speed 
The Lego Movie 
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey 
Lone Survivor 
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 
Stalingrad (2013) 
Breaking The Waves (Criterion Collection) 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 
The Wolf of Wall Street 
Frozen 
Thor: The Dark World 
Gravity 3D 
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season 
Captain Phillips 
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 
The Right Stuff: 30th Anniversary Edition 
Despicable Me 2 
Fast & Furious 6 
The Wolverine 
The Hangover: Part III 
Pacific Rim 3D 
Monsters University 3D 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition 
The World's End 
Man of Steel 
Iron Man 3 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 
Epic 3D 
Now You See Me 
Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 
The Great Gatsby 
Shane 
Oblivion 
Evil Dead (2013) 
Tai Chi Hero 
My Way 
Shoah 
Marketa Lazarová (1967) 
Wild Strawberries (1957) 
42 
Dead Man Down 
Cleopatra 
A Good Day to Die Hard 
Oz the Great and Powerful 
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 
The Amazing Spider-Man (Mastered in 4K) 
Jurassic Park 3D
Django Unchained 
Jack Reacher 
The Impossiblee 
Cloud Atlass 
Lincoln 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 
Rise of the Guardians 
Life of Pi 3D 
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