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It has been 5 years since I last logged onto this forum and 10 years since I built my first home theater. I just sold my home and the buyer bought the theater and all of the components, including the Barco 808, scanner, speakers, etc.

I get to start from scratch!

First question - are there still techs that can professionally calibrate CRT projectors? I live in Milwaukee, WI.

Second question - are there any new fangled projectors out there that can beat a professionally-calibrated 8" CRT projector for price and picture quality?

In other words, should I go forward with a new CRT-based home theater or hang a 52" LCD TV on the wall and call it a day?
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It has been 5 years since I last logged onto this forum and 10 years since I built my first home theater. I just sold my home and the buyer bought the theater and all of the components, including the Barco 808, scanner, speakers, etc.

I get to start from scratch!

First question - are there still techs that can professionally calibrate CRT projectors? I live in Milwaukee, WI.

sure, jonh gannon and Craig rounds are nearby.

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Second question - are there any new fangled projectors out there that can beat a professionally-calibrated 8" CRT projector for price and picture quality?

sure, but IMO the really good ones start at around $5K. Some will say the cheaper ones like an Epson UB are just as good or better than an 8 inch CRT but it's a matter of opinion. Motion j-j-j-j-judder on a cheap LCD is still pretty awful

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In other words, should I go forward with a new CRT-based home theater or hang a 52" LCD TV on the wall and call it a day?

56"? A typical HT screen is 100"+. Do you want another HT or just a TV room?
You can get a really nice 8 inch machine now for a few hundred bucks. All you need is a Moome device of some kind to plug in a Blue ray player and possibly an older VP for 72Hz and custom resolutions / video porches to really make it shine.
If you were still just up-scaling normal DVD's with your old Barco then it's safe to say you never really saw what it could do.

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Thanks for the reply.

My previous theater had a 108" screen, and yes I was simply upscaling SD DVDs. But, it was still an awesome set-up. The family that bought the house thought so too.

If finding and calibrating CRT were too much of a hassle now, then I would probably compromise and create a TV room. Sounds like I won't have to compromise.
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Second question - are there any new fangled projectors out there that can beat a professionally-calibrated 8" CRT projector for price and picture quality?

In other words, should I go forward with a new CRT-based home theater or hang a 52" LCD TV on the wall and call it a day?

Just my 2 Cents.

This point in time I wouldn't consider anything less than a 9" CRT.

Personally I'm not a fan of LCD TV.

If you want the big screen experience, 9" CRT or the digital JVC RS or Sony SXRD ...IMO.

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It has been 5 years since I last logged onto this forum and 10 years since I built my first home theater. I just sold my home and the buyer bought the theater and all of the components, including the Barco 808, scanner, speakers, etc.

I get to start from scratch!

First question - are there still techs that can professionally calibrate CRT projectors? I live in Milwaukee, WI.

Second question - are there any new fangled projectors out there that can beat a professionally-calibrated 8" CRT projector for price and picture quality?

In other words, should I go forward with a new CRT-based home theater or hang a 52" LCD TV on the wall and call it a day?

I had one of those Epson LCDs. Lasted three months, than I made the jump and bought one of Dragans machines. Can't stand watching my LCD TV now...
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I am out of Chicago and work in Wisconsin all the time. I'm happy to work on CRT's any day and keep a G90 in my own theater.

I even have a couple G90's in stock if you want to go that way.

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CRTs still have a couple of advantages on digitals, but you owe it to yourself to check out some digitals as well. I would look at the new JVCs for LCOS and maybe a Mits for dlp. If you can do it, then you might want to head down to Craig's place to check out a G90.

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CRTs still have a couple of advantages on digitals, but you owe it to yourself to check out some digitals as well. I would look at the new JVCs for LCOS and maybe a Mits for dlp. If you can do it, then you might want to head down to Craig's place to check out a G90.

those are all great $5K+ options .
Most people I work with want the entire theater to cost approximately that much or less

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The Mits 7800 is $3k as is the RS45. AVS had a recent B-stock sale of RS40s for $1800. I wouldn't sell my G90 or one of my 909s for less than the RS40. Matter of fact, the only one who would get my 909s for less than $3k each is Curt.

I agree that most people want to max out at $5k.

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The Mits 7800 is $3k as is the RS45.

that's not bad, I remember when the crappy Sony Pearl was $5K. I haven't see the Dila's since the very first ones. How bad is the motion blur on the new ones? Is it something the average person would even notice?

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that's not bad, I remember when the crappy Sony Pearl was $5K. I haven't see the Dila's since the very first ones. How bad is the motion blur on the new ones? Is it something the average person would even notice?

Does it have cms now?
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CMS is dependent on the model of pj.

As for motion, it is better, but not CRT or VDC's LED. Whether one notices it or not, depends on the person. It bothers some and others don't really notice it.

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