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Buying CRT Projector

I'm planning to buy a CRT projector and I've narrowed it down to 6 models under 100 pounds, they are: Sony 1031Q, Zenith Pro900X, DWIN HD-700, Barco Data 701s, Barco Data 708 and Barco Cine 7 Which one is best out of all six? Also, if you can, please state the positives and negatives of each projector. Thanks.

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I'd go with either the Barco 708 or the DWIN. The Cine 7 is newer than the 708, but far less were sold, so there's less parts for them. The tubes in the DWIN and Barco 708 are identical, so the pix out of each will be about the same. the others are simply too old and far lower end performers to look at at this point. I've got both DWINs and 708s in refurbished condition in stock and with a warranty.

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Ok. I read on your website about liquid coupled and air coupled projectors and it seems the Zenith is the only one that has a liquid coupling. Would I have to be worried with haloing on the dwin hd-700 or barco 708 ?
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It's not a big deal. you're right re the Zenith being the only LC set, but the optics are low end plastic junk on the Zenith, and the tubes are far better quality on the Barco or DWIN than the Zenith that more than make up for it.

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I'm planning to buy a CRT projector and I've narrowed it down to 6 models under 100 pounds. Thanks.
Don't mean to be snarky but will you be watching it or bench-pressing it?
The best CRT projectors start at about 165 pounds. They will be a lot brighter and a lot sharper than the models you mentioned. here, looks at this

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Okay, thanks for replying and one last question, If the lenses on the zenith are so bad can't they be swapped for hd 144s or hd 145s ? Thanks, again Curt Palme.
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LOL draganm. I don't think I could handle that kind of weight, let alone the ceiling.
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Nope,. Zenith used special cheapie lenses, you can't swap them out.

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Okay, thanks for all your help Curt Palme, much appreciated.
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Wait, now I'm really starting to contemplate about whether I should go the crt route or go digital. I know CRTs have awesome blacks and colors and digitals have low weight which is a plus and are brighter and easier to set up. Is the hassle with the crt projectors worth it in the end? I need some reassurance.
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LOL draganm. I don't think I could handle that kind of weight, let alone the ceiling.
170 pounds is really nothing, even a house with pre-fabbed 2 x 4 trusses can easily handle it as long as you grab 2 ofthem, which is typically what you'll span by using a proper bracket. I have hung a dozen of these and the ceiling has never been an issue. Basically, if you can walk on the floor above or it can hold up a roof it can hold a CRT.
buy one of Curt's 8510's, and make deal on a ceiling mount too as a package deal.

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