Originally Posted by phillyguy83
After using my Sony CRT HDTV for years and loving it, I've decided to make the jump to a CRT projector. This seems like it will be a daunting task, but I've been doing a lot of reading on the subject to make sure I'm up to speed before deciding which projector to purchase. I've gone through Curt's CRT primer and tried to gather as much information as I can, but I still have some questions.
First, I should mention that someone in my area is selling a Marquee 8500 for $200, and I'm strongly considering purchasing it. Before I pull the trigger, how do I find out the number of hours on each tube?
1. I watch a lot of 4x3 content (both HD and non-HD; mostly older films). However, I'd like to set up the projector to display in 16x9 format. If I do this, will the 4x3 content display in the same area of the screen (the middle, with nothing showing on the left and right of the screen) regardless of whether or not it is an HD source (i.e., a 4x3 blu-ray vs. a 4x3 DVD)?
2. Is the projector I'm thinking of buying set up to display in 16x9 or 4x3? If it's set up to display in 4x3, is it possible to mod it so that it will natively display in 16x9? If so, how difficult of a mod is this?
3. How difficult would it be to install the HDMI card? I would want to do this, as it would make my life a great deal easier.
4. How much are replacement parts -- specifically, the red, green and blue tubes?
Thanks very much in advance to whoever can answer these questions for me. I want to stick with CRT technology as I hate pixellation, but I know it will be more involved than simply installing a 15 lb. DLP projector and swapping out the bulbs every few years. I just want to make sure I know what I'm doing ahead of time.
Welcome to the World Of CRT Projection( or soon to be)
The Marquee is a Great Chassis as it has many parts available and is still being made today in limited production at VDC display systems in Florida.
To see the hours you need to on the remote press Utilities>9 ( service) then the pass code 0910. In that menu there is the counter menu.
But its best to look at the tubes with lens's off to see the wear.
For different aspect ratios the Marquee can display them all. Just set up a separate memory.
Id get a 4x3 screen if you want to get the most out of each aspect ration. You'll end up doing a CIW set up or Constant Image Width. You'll be able to set up 4x3,1.78 and 2.40.
They make a HDMI card for this as well, about 300 dollars but well worth it. And I might suggest getting a Used Lumagen HDP or HDQ video processor to help set up all the resolutions and get good Greyscale and Gamma. They are cheap now, I have seen them from 150 - 300 dollars. Also worth it considering they were 2k new and these still have CMS/Greyscale. There is one for sale on E-bay right now.
There are some more things to look at but that will come as you get familiar with the Marquee.
So for a little under 1k you'll have a great set up. And tubes last for thousands of hours and can be kept bright with adjustments to G2 and Drive levels.
I think you'll like CRT projection.
where are you located? Maybe some one near by who knows CRT can help you set it up.