There's a good chance I'm heading to Chicago in the late spring to buy some projectors. I sold them this past fall, I'll be buying them back most likely. If so, they should be really good candidates for an upgrade, depending on your budget. There will be 5 Barco Cine 7s to choose from, and perhaps a Marquee 9500 Ultra.
Also note that any other projector than the Zenith PRO 900 will have a 15% longer throw distance (roughly), so you'll need to move any other projector back. Otherwise you'll end up with a smaller screen size.
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I was just about to recommend Curt, he's a true expert on the subject and your best access to vintage CRT projection equipment. You'll get the best CRT projection info available from him.
I am also a CRT afficianado, among other things I am Runco's go-to guy on the West Coast for their CRT projectors. Please look me up if you need a world class CRT front or rear projection calibration, wherever you are in the world. This also applies to self-contained living room CRT RPTVs. Curt and I have collaborated on a project I am working on in Alameda where a retired aerospace engineer and I are rejuvenating many projectors, some of them the 12" gun Barco 812.
I believe in CRT to no end. You might find interesting a thread on AVS I started more than 6 years ago about CRT that's still going strong -
There's not a lot of reality series sets out there. We refer to them as the Barco 909 or Cine 9 (AKA Runco DTV 1200. Very hard to find, I've got 4 in stock right now (of the 909), and they usually sell pretty quickly. Superb sets, one notch over the Sony G90 (but some argue that).
No, nothing has the throw of the 880 save for the PRO 900 which isn't a big upgrade. All other CRTs will have a throw of 1.35 to 1.4 X the width of the screen, which means that the projector has to go back 15-20% from where the 880 is now. There's no way to change that, sorry!
I have an Electrohome Marque 8500 that I would like to sell, approx 11,000 hours, tubes have company logo burned in, I doubt it has any of the neckboard upgrades or anything, complete with remote and plastic lens caps in perfect condition, I am in Des Moines, IA, what would this unit be worth?