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post #1 of 6 Old 09-30-2009, 12:03 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok, so I am trying to decide between an NEC 6100 (6PG+) with clean tubes (1500 hours) and a Runco 980Ultra (rebadged 9PGXtra) that has a green tube about 6, red about 8 and blue thats 9 (5500 hours). Both have a point board and HD-144 lenses.

I am planning to run 720p (maybe 1080i later) from a HTPC in a light-controlled room with velvet on the walls.

The runco is brighter at 1000 lumens, but if I decide to keep it I'll definitely change the green tube and thats something I have never done before.

My NEC 6100 has the optional point board and the tubes are very clean, but its 850 lumens/75Mhx bandwidth as opposed to 1000 lumens/100Mhz on the runco. I have had problems with the systems board with the NEC and its on its way back from Curt- so I need to decide within the next week.

So is it worth the hassle of changing the tube to keep the runco, or go with the NEC. What would you have done ?

Also, if you have a green tube for the 9PGXtra, let me know.

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6 of one half a dozen of the other....the xtra does have other advantages...zone stig etc. But really...they're quite similar. At this point the better tubes may be your best option.
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If you are looking to get a "better" CRT PJ than the one you already have...I would advise you to look for a Marquee (...like a M8500 or better.)

They are much more available than the NECs when it comes to parts and such.

...you can also use the HD145 colored lenses that you already should have to give it a better PQ than the stock marquee lenses.

Keep in mind that I have only had one NEC in the past and this is only my personal opinion! (...and I have been a "marquee" type of guy for sometime now!)

As far as those two NECs are concerned one should always get the "bigger/better" device! (so I would have to say the 9PG, but again it comes down to how spent the tubes are compared to that 6PG...)

Personally I would not consider anything less than the XG model. (If I had my heart set on a NEC...but that is just me!)


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Keep the Plus with the great tubes and sell the Xtra...

The Plus has all the setup options necessary for perfect setup and personally, I find them to be a tiny bit easier to setup...
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while the xtra has different tubes, there is essentially no big difference between the two.

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Thank you everybody- the PG+ it is then!
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