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Intermediate Level CRT Projectors

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Intermediate Level CRT projectors are a step up from the Entry-Level projectors. They offer the following advantages over the Entry-Level projectors in a home theater environment:

  • 8" and 9" tube sizes for increased light output (usually in the 1000-1200 lumen range)
  • Sharper (most have electromagnetic focus instead of electrostatic focus)
  • Most have digital convergence for easier setup
  • Capable of displaying both 720p and 1080i (HDTV) resolutions (as all are data or graphics grade), many will do 1080p as well
  • Some add liquid-coupled (LC) optics for better contrast ratio and less halo'ing

More information on these features and what they mean is available in the CRT Primer, including our Hooking it all up FAQ.

All of these projectors are perfectly suited for home theater use (satellite/cable TV and DVD playback), and will display 720p and 1080i high definition TV (HDTV) extremely well. All have been thoroughly tested and many have had modifications done to them to increase reliability. These are all commercial/professional grade projectors that often originally sold for $20K and up!

The Intermediate Level of CRT projectors currently represent the 'sweet spot' in the price/performance ratio for home theater use.

Curious how one of these CRT projectors stacks up against others? Check out our Projector Rankings page to see exactly how the different units compare in terms of performance in a home theater environment!

NEC PG series

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A step up from the electrostatic focusing sets, these are EM focus sets that scan to 60 Khz for the 6 Pg, 90 Khz for the 9 PG. 800 lumens from 7 1/2" tubes. The 6 PG sets are equipped with an RGB input, the 9 PG's with a video and S-video jack as well as the RGB input. Many of you know that NEC's are my personal favourite projector for fleshtones. c/w wireless remote. Perfect for use with a computer or a line doubler/ tripler.

The 'PG+' sets added astigmatism control to the set, which gives better side and corner focus over the plain PG series. The picture and specs are otherwise the same.

The 'PG Xtra' sets are one slight step down from the NEC XG series and a step up from the PG + series, these sets put out 1000 lumens. If you're looking for a top performer in a relatively small package, this is the projector to get. Greatly underrated and often overlooked in my opinion..:) These sets give a very punchy picture with super nice fleshtones.
 

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NEC 6 PG:  With point convergence board. Has a new green tube installed, the R and B are in good shape.

1 $900.00

NEC 6 PG:  Good condition tubes. New green tube.

2 $900.00

NEC 6 PG:  Good condition set, light green wear.

1 $500.00

NEC 6 PG+:  Good condition set, very light green wear.

1 $1000.00

NEC 9 PG+:  Only with 3300 original hours, light G and B wear.

1 $800.00

NEC 9 PG (charcoal gray case):  About 1000 original hours, mint tubes. Point board installed.

1 $1000.00
 
NEC 6 PG Xtra:  Good original tubes. 1 $1500.00
NEC 6 PG Xtra:  Light G and B wear, very usable. 1 $1100.00
NEC 9 PG Xtra:  New G and B tubes A great performer, most people consider this to be an 8” set. 2 $1500.00

 

Barco 808 series

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As mentioned in my CRT Primer, the basic performance of the BD 808, BD 808s and BG 808 are about the same, as all use 8" MEC tubes. The BG 808s uses non rebuildable Sony tubes, so unless these BG 808s sets come in with very good condition tubes, I scrap the sets. Right now, the Sony tubes for the BG 808s sets are $1300.00 USD each, but I'm working on a modification for these. 

All of these sets are 8" EM focus sets, 1200 lumens, have digital convergence, on screen menus, wireless remotes, and are very easy to set up. I do the power supply modifications, and I've had great success shipping these all over the world. 75 Khz scan rate out of the Data models, 110 Khz out of the Graphics ones.

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Barco Data 808:  Mint condition, case in great shape, zero tube wear.

1 $1800.00

Barco Graphics 808s: I’ve got one BG808s projector left with the sharp Sony tubes. Minimal tube wear, although the G2 levels on the tubes are pretty high, indicating that the tubes were in standby mode for long hours. An excellent picture, figure on 7000-8000 hours use out of the tubes. A great picture!

1 $1000.00

Barco Cine 8: Very hard to find, the latest version of the Barco G808s. This set has been modified to take the more commonly found Panasonic tubes over the Sony's. P16 tubes installed throughout, which are step above the Panasonic DVB tubes as far as resolution and focusing goes. All new tubes, zero wear of course, razor sharp, great for 1080p.

1 $2500.00



Barco 1000 / 1001 / 1500 / 1600

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These are ES focusing 9" LC sets with analog convergence. 1200 lumens, super bright! These use the hard to find Sony SD 146A tubes also used in the Ampro 4000 models. I will sell these complete with road cases or will part them out if you just need boards or tubes. It is a good way to get into a high resolution 9" sets for far less than the newer 9" LC sets sell for.

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Barco Data 1001:  I've got one of these sets in excellent shape. These use the Sony 9" ES focusing tubes, and are analog convergence but will scan to above 1080i or 42 Khz. I'll throw in some spare modules for these as I've scrapped some of the sets I had here.  Very cheap at $400 each. These will give a very bright image for any SD or HD signal. Very low hours on the tubes, these came from an A/V rental company that had them in storage most of the time.

1 $200.00

 

Ampro 4000

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Similar to the above 9" LC Barcos, these are ES focusing sets feature digital convergence and a wired remote. These also use the Sony SD 146A tubes. Based on the Ampro 2000 chassis.

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Electrohome Marquee 8xxx series

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Basically, all Marquees are very similar in performance. All 8XXX series (non LC models) use the same 8" EM focusing tubes. Very similar in set up to the Barcos in general, these sets are quiet. Not as long as the Barco's in size, they are about 3" taller than the Barco series. Very modular in construction, and super reliable. Video, S-video and RGB inputs.

Here's the breakdown:

Marquee 8000: 1000 lumens. Circa 1994-1995.
Marquee 8110: 1200 lumens. Circa 1995-1998.
Marquee 8500: 1200 lumens. Circa 1995-1998. (Adds astig controls that the 8000 and 8110 do not include, for slightly better corner focus). 

The 8500LC model adds liquid coupled tubes for even better contrast ratios and less halo'ing.

I do all of the mods (including anamorphic squeeze mod and the power supply mods) required to make the Marquees more versatile and reliable. I've sold lots of these in the past with great results.

I've also got a slew of new Marquee sets in as below, with more on the way. Now, here's the scoop. I have a LOT of good used tubes for these sets. I will drop pricing significantly based on the actual tube condition. Also as a bonus, the new tubes are indeed NEW for the next short while, while I use up the supply of NEW tubes that I have. I've got buckets and buckets of Marquees in stock, with more coming in.

Add a Moome HDMI input card!

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Marquee 8110:  Light G and B wear, won’t be seen if setup for widescreen use, 6000 hours + our of the tubes. Great condition otherwise.

1 $1500.00

Marquee 8500:  Excellent condition. New tubes all around, all mods done.  I’ve tweaked the heck out of the astig, these sets will do 1080p no problem.

3 $2500.00

Marquee 8500:  Light green wear, 7000+ hours of good use out of these sets

2 $1500.00


Ampro 3400 / 3600

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The Ampro 3400/3600 is equivalent to the Marquee 8500 or the Barco 808 projector. 105 Khz scan rate, RGB inputs, digital convergence, on screen menus, 8" EM focusing tubes, 1000 lumens, wired remote, etc.

The Ampro 3400 is a late model version of the 3600.

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Ampro 3300:  This set is in really good shape. The green and red tubes are original and in great shape, I've put in one of those sharp new P16 tubes for the blue. This is a later model 3300 (I see no difference between it and the 3600, the remote and menus are the same, and with the price here, this is a great way to get into a higher end 8" EM focusing set without spending the big bucks). 1200 lumens, 105 Khz scan rate, 1080p capable, late model wired remote included.

1 $1200.00

Ampro 3600:  Light tube wear, new arrival, 8000+ hours out of this set. Cheep!

1 $1000.00

Ampro 3600 retro chassis:  This is a super sharp chassis as used in the Ampro rear projection sets. LC lenses with HD lenses on it, good for up to a 72” diagonal set. 8” tubes, 1200 lumens, zero tube wear. Good working shape. 

1 $800.00

 

Barco 1208 series

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This is a step up from the 808 series, it has a higher scanning rate and video bandwidth.  Originally designed as a slightly higher end set than the Barco 808, the 1208 scans to 135 Khz, and has a bit more control over the image as compared to the 808 and other Barco models. The video chain has slightly higher bandwidth as compared to the 808 as well. The chassis is slightly larger than the 808, but is quiet and no taller than the 808.

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Sony 1292

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This was Sony's flagship set prior to the G90 being released. It uses the same tubes as the Ampro 4200 and Barco 1200. Razor sharp performance with full 9” tubes, 110 Khz scan rate, 1000 lumens digital convergence, similar to the easy to set up 125X and 127X Sony sets. This is another great way to get into a true 9” EM focusing set.

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One unit currently in stock, tubes are in excellent shape. A great set all around, 1080p capable.

1 $1800.00



Barco 1200

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The 1200 was Barco's first entry into the 9" LC market. It used the same Sony 9" tubes as the Sony 1292 and Ampro 4200, and has the same basic chassis as the Barco 1208 or 1209. 1200 lumens, 135Khz scan rate.

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Ampro 4200

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The Ampro 4200 are full 9" EM focusing LC sets. These use the same tubes as the Sony 1292. 90 Khz scan rate, 1080p ready. 1000 lumens. These are a great inexpensive way to get into a 9" set. Sure, they don't have quite the focus of a G90, but they will outperform an 8" EM focusing set.

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Ampro 4200: 2 very low hour units c/w remote and no wear on the tubes

2 $1800.00



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