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October 17, 2007

RTC2200 Component to VGA Transcoder with Adjustable Gamma

Simply plug the RGB source directly into the RTC2200's RGB in port.


  • Allows you to use an analog output cable of any length as the RTC2200 has a cable driver stage. Perfect for those of you that already have a long RGBHV cable going to your projector.

  • Gamma adjustment:  The RTC2200 adds gamma adjustment to the signal for absolutely perfect shadow detail.

  • Allows you to force the sync polarity to positive or negative for fussy projectors or displays like older Barco projectors.

  • Allows you to tune the horizontal shift for fussy displays that do not have horizontal shift controls.

An input card version (called the ISS2000) is also available specifically for NEC ISS Switchers.

"Many people (myself included) cannot live without some sort of gamma boost to get out of black faster (ie: pulling out low light details without affecting the black level). All CRT projectors can really benefit from this. How much you like it yourself or how critical you find it to be is somewhat a matter of taste, though I don't know anyone that, given the option, would not use it. I use the RTC2200 transcoder/gamma boost for my HD-PVR.  The result is fantastic!" - Kal (webmaster)

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HDMI cards for Sony & Marquee

The second batch of Sony IFB-HD and Marquee VIM-HD cards are almost sold out. If you're at all interested in adding HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, or other HDMI sources to your Sony or Marquee CRT projector make sure to order yours today! The next batch likely won't ship until 2008.

"The HD-DVD player looks FANTASTIC! It looked blah through component and I was beginning to wonder what all the HD fuss was about. NOT ANYMORE! HDMI made a world of difference. LOVE IT!" - Wipron (Sony IFB-HD user)

Marquee HDMI card / BUY NOW
Sony HDMI card / BUY NOW

Sony G70 Layout and Setup Tips

Curt walks you through a G70 projector showing you how to troubleshoot problems and what not to touch!


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Message from Curt

Here’s another list of projectors. Finally the HT season has kicked into high gear after a bit of a slow start, and boy, do I have some nice sets coming in! But we’ll save the best for last <grin>

Just a couple of notes regarding emails that I get in daily:

  1. I have a forum that apparently a number of you are not seeing on my site. It’s now a relatively large discussion group of over 1600 members to chat about all things CRT, HDMI/DVI, and home theater related. Feel free to join, there’s no charge, and we don’t sell your email address to anyone. See http://forum.curtpalme.com
  2. Also important, I do not personally have any involvement in the selling of the third party items that are listed in these mailouts and on the site. We list them as a service to our visitors as the items are things that CRT and home theater enthusiasts are interested in. While I have used a few of these products, the forum and emailing the vendors directly is the best way to get quick answers to your questions. The forum area is chock full of useful information as many buyers of these products compare notes and give application hints and tips.

Once in a while I will comment on the ‘lay of the land’ as it were when it comes to CRT and digital projectors, and I’ll do that again now, by reiterating one typical example of a used CRT projector vs. a digital. I sold a basic NEC PG projector about 5 years ago to a local customer with a DVDO line doubler. Nothing fancy, this customer has put about 1800 hours on the set in the last 5 years. The convergence board died recently, so I went over to repair and look at the set for the first time since it was installed. I installed a new convergence board and gave the set a tweaking, and it looked as good as the day that I had installed it. That customer had referred a friend to me right after they had the NEC installed, but that friend ended up buying a Panasonic LCD projector, for significantly more money than the NEC projector. The friend with the Panasonic digital projector has to date spent about $1500 in replacement bulbs for the unit, and had just sent the unit out to Panasonic due to a blue haze over the image. Needless to say, Panasonic wrote it off, and the customer had to buy another digital projector.
This is very typical of the type of phone calls that I get almost daily from frustrated digital owners, even though I’ve never dealt with digital sets. While the images of the digital projectors is getting better every year, they are still completely disposable items and are far more expensive to run on an hourly basis over a refurbished CRT projector.

New Stuff, Old Stuff

It’s about now that I am getting out of the sale of ES focusing projectors such as the Sony 12XX, the Electrohome ECP and Barco 800/801 projectors. I do not plan on purchasing any more surplus units unless they are local and literally given to me, but I’ve still got about 20 sets and thousands of parts and modules in stock to maintain those sets out there for years to come. Most of these sets still have a lot of life left in them, but the demand overall for entry level sets has dropped, and the cost of tubes and parts make it not worth rebuilding many of these sets at this point. I will now concentrate on EM focusing sets and will primarily be buying 8" and 9" sets. I’ve still got a number of really good NEC PG sets here, and for the extra bit of money over an ES focusing set, the performance gain of the EM sets is significant.

On the positive side of this, the retail and wholesale costs of EM sets is more affordable than ever. I am getting offers daily to buy large quantities of late model EM focusing sets, to the point where I’m even turning some of those away. High end performance from a CRT is a fraction of the price of what it was a few years ago, and with a typical expected lifespan of 10+ years of an EM focusing set that I sell today, your home theater can be an experience that outperforms many of the $100K + systems installed by the pros.

I mentioned that I have played with the stacking of two projectors to form one image, which I saw for the first time in Chicago in June (see my photos and review). I have now done this here at home as well with two Marquee 9500LC projectors, and even though I only spent 3 hours aligning and tweaking as compared to the 24 man hours of the Chicago setup, the image of approximately 2400 lumens with a 50,000:1 contrast ratio was simply amazing. Many of you have more than one CRT projector, and if you have the time, give stacking a try... (hint: with the low price of sets now, isn’t it time you bought a second projector anyways?)

A/V Blowout

Continue to check eBay under my seller ID ‘audiovideotechnician’ for older CRT parts that I am blowing out, along with specials and stuff that I’m listing there on a weekly basis. Right now I am blowing out my last three (2 new and one demo) AA 9A65 basic transcoders that I used to sell for $175. I am selling the last ones I have at $100, below my cost. They are good basic transcoders that work well, the more expensive AA 1365 transcoder/scalers is what I’m stocking now.


As mentioned, I’ve purchased a LOT of high end CRT projectors. Many are in transit, a couple are here, here’s what I am getting in shortly (and will be updating the site as I get them in).

14- Barco Retro 808s projectors. These are CRT projector chassis that were used in rear projection video cubes. These were all used in the same place, and all have about 3000 hours on them. No visible wear on the MEC tubes (retro sets all used the rebuildable MEC tubes, not the Sony ones), with 120 Mhz neck boards, and special short throw lenses that will shoot about a 50” wide image maximum. I’m selling these for far less than I normally would, $750 per set. At this price you can convert a front projection Barco 808 set to LC (you’ll need to source lenses that will give a larger image), or buy these sets as spare parts for an existing unit that you might already have, or buy these for the tubes, which can be dismantled out of the LC housings and installed into standard FP mounts. Your choice. I will be picking these up next week, they are currently in Seattle, and I will most likely be scrapping a few of them for parts and for the tubes. There are some pictures of these sets here.

9- I have also just purchased a total of 9 Barco 1209s. Eight are coming from gov’t surplus locations, so I have no idea what condition they are in, and one is a Runco 1101 with the colored C elements. The Barco 1209s are equivalent to the Marquee 9500 Ultra projectors in my opinion. An easy setup and less tall than the Marquees. The sharper PT 22 tubes are installed in the 1209s. I will be posting these to the site for sale area as soon as they show up. The Runco projector comes with a high end 4404 line quadrupler, so I’ might package the two together or I’ll sell separately. Look to the site for more info in the next 2 weeks or so.

4- Ampro 4600. Not sure of the condition of these yet, at least one will be parted out. They should be here sometime in November.

Also coming in shortly:

2- Marquee 9500LC. Unknown hours and condition.

2- Sony G90. One is already here, but needs G and B tubes. The second one apparently has near mint tubes, but has significant case damage. I will transplant the tubes between the two sets, and will use the damaged one as a test chassis, so that I can now finally offer board level repairs to the G90 projector. Outside of Sony themselves, I believe that this is a world first.

1- Runco 992 Ultra. This is the equivalent to the NEC XG 110, but with Runco added color corrected C elements and larger HD 8 lenses. Black case. I’ll put a new green tube into this set, and it should be here next week. Along with the Runco comes a Faroudja DVP 5000 scaler. A number of people still use this as their reference scaler, one recently sold for $1775 on eBay. This one comes with the original box, and appears to be in great shape. Look to the site for information on this soon.

2- Barco Data 701s. One has all new tubes, one has original tubes in great shape. Priced to move.

I’ve received more Marquee 8500s, Barco 808 and NEC sets, so the site list is now updated.

1- DWIN 700: I have purchased two of these sets with worn tubes, so I can now offer repairs to DWIN 700 models that I’ve had to refer to DWIN previously. These are well built projectors that are relatively straightforward to repair.

I also realize that I have far too many NEC XG sets here. I have literally multiples of every model of XG save for the XG 1352, but everything else is in stock. I’ll start pricing these aggressively in the next mailout.

One last set: NEC GP 3000. I’ve got one good working excellent example of the pre- PG series of NEC sets. Tubes in excellent shape, setup remote included. $250.00

Xbox360 Repairs

Xbox360 repairs are turning out to come in fast and furious. I’ve repaired about 30 machines so far, and I’m getting in 2-3 a week. A common problem with these also seem to be sticking DVD trays. I’m working on a fix for this as well, and will post as soon as I’ve nailed it.

As is well documented on the internet, the Xbox 360 consoles have been plagued with the ‘red circle of death’ failure. This causes the machine to shut down completely, and the power/diagnostic LEDs on the front of the 360 console turn red.

To be perfectly upfront, Microsoft is repairing these under warranty, and on July 5, 2007 announced that the red circle of death problem will be covered for 3 years from the date of purchase, and they will repair this problem/partial design flaw. So why am I offering the repair as well, you might ask? Well, as it turns out, the turnaround time for Microsoft can be anywhere from 3-8 weeks depending on the repairs required. In addition, if your Xbox 360 has been opened already and the Microsoft tamperproof sticker has been removed or altered, Microsoft will not even look at your machine! So for those that have hacked into the unit, Microsoft will not repair these machines, period. I’ve also heard that at least some of the returned consoles that were repaired under warranty have failed again shortly after being received from being repaired at Microsoft.

I therefore offer the following:

  • I will repair the red circle of death problem for $80.00 USD (Canadian at par!) if you pick up and drop off at my shop, or $99.00 USD/CAD incl return shipping if you ship it in.
  • Turnaround time is typically 2 business days, including me running your unit for 12 hours after I repair it to make sure the repair is solid. I’ve repaired about 12 of these machines so far, and all are working fine.
  • All I need is the console itself. I don't need the power supply, games, controllers or hard drive.

Note that I cannot repair other Xbox 360 faults at this point such as intermittent reading of discs, bad power supplies, controllers, etc, but I perhaps will in the future. Send me an email if you want to send your Xbox 360 in for repair. If you're shipping it to me, make sure to follow these instructions.

Reel to reel tape recorders

I’ve been ramping up my repairs once again on reel to reel tape recorders, as I was repairing and refurbing these long before I got into CRT projectors. I’ve just purchased a rare Akai GX 747 unit that should be here shortly, as well as the below:

Revox B77. A high end 3 , 7 IPS 10 ” machine Fully tested and aligned, frequency response to 20Khz as per my Nakamichi analyzer. All functions are flawless on the unit. Included are the rare rack ears (removable) in case you want to want to bolt this into a rack. Not listed on eBay yet, but I will this week. $400.00.

I have others that I’m working on, keep checking my eBay listings.

Thanks for your support!

Curt Palme
Sound Solutions Inc
# 344-19567 Fraser Hwy.
Surrey, B.C.
V3S 9A4

(604) 514-1751
(604) 514-8934 (fax)

Email: curt@curtpalme.com
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