The 1208 use 8” tubes while the 1209 and Cine 9 both use 9” tubes. All
employ improved EM focus over previous Barco sets. Many of these models also had
Data and Graphics models, with varying scan rates, and all were rated at 1000
lumens or higher. Digital convergence on all of these models and lots of on
All of these sets give an excellent picture and have been popular sellers
when I get them in. These are considered the top of the line Barco models.
The 1208 chassis is similar in layout to the 808, but offers a bit more video
bandwidth and a slightly higher scanning rate than the various 808 models. The
tubes and lenses are the same as the ones used in the 808 chassis, so overall
the image for video use is very similar between the sets. Most of the 1208 sets used the MEC 180DVB 22 tube. Some models however use
the Sony tubes that are not rebuildable.
The Barco 9” sets started with the Graphics 1200. This set came out in 1993
and was in production until about 1995. This set used the same Sony tubes as the
Sony 1292 and was razor sharp. The Sony tubes are not rebuildable however
failure of this tube is rare. The Barco 1200 was a reliable chassis, and was
replaced by the 1609 and 1209 sometime in 1995 or so.
The 1209 and 1609 switched to MEC tubes, the same tubes used in the Marquee
9XXX series. These tubes are rebuildable, and the 1209 had expanded software for
more control over the projected image.
The 1609 was a stripped down 1209 with less software control than the 1209,
but the limitation of the 1609 was very limited scan rates. The 1609 will scan
at 15 Khz (video), 32 Khz (line doubling) and 64 Khz (line quadrupling). The set
therefore will not scan at 1080i for HDTV or 720p which is line tripling. The
1609 can be paired with a scaler however such as the DVDO VP30 or the Lumagen
HDP to convert the input signal to a scan rate that the 1609 can lock to.
The Cine9 represents the absolute latest in 9" technology from Barco.
Extremely rare, extremely hard to find. These always go for a huge premium over
the (fairly similar) 1209 when they come up on the used market.
Below are two tables that summarize the differences between various models of
1208 and 1209 projectors in existence:
Model Differences (8" tubes)
No dynamic astig, MEC 180DVBs tubes,
continuous scheimpflug adjustment.
Same as 1208 above but adds dynamic astig.
Same as 1208/2 above but with the following
extras: Upgraded firmware with more adjustments for geometry and gamma.
Uses Sony tubes in many/all iterations (the Sony tubes have better
colour but worse spot size). Will accept 480/576p component input. May
accept HDTV tri-level sync input with very rare optional tri-level sync
card. Accepts positive sync as well. Upgraded signal path components for
less noise in the video chain.
Same as 1208s above but with mostly/all MEC
Same as 1208s/2 above with the newly
designed EHT board, quad, splitter, and motherboard (all incompatible with
previous versions). Difference is a smoother EHT rise on power-up and
smoother behaviour during scan switching.
Model Differences (9" tubes)
Old style convergence tray (like in a
Barco 800) completely stuff with electronics. Many have Sony tubes, but
MEC tubes can also be found. Some have mixed sets of tubes!
Upgraded convergence tray, newly designed
double sided circuit boards and dynamic astigmatism adjustment. New RGB
Slightly different RGB end stages again,
although not really different from previous mode. IRIS2
(auto-convergence via camera) is now an option.
A huge upgrade to the previous models:
Completely redesigned RGB signal path, using high end RGB end stages.
All new circuits are now surface mount devices (SMD) which improves
signal quality a lot. RGB input and switching boards are completely new.
Early models still have no adjustable scheimpflug (only available from
1998 onwards - pre 1998 models are mostly without continuous scheimpflug
A minor upgrade. New quad, EHT, splitter,
and motherboard. New software v7.22.
To see how these projectors rank in relation to other projectors for use in a
home theater environment see the Projector Rankings
For full specifications on this and other projectors, see the
For an overview and history of Barco see the CRT
See the Advanced Procedures
page for various DIY instructions on maintaining and improving CRT projectors.
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