I am just an rookie when it comes to these big HT systems, but I have been a user of a Hughes JVC 360 (the 'crappiest') quality unit JVC ever made for about 3 years now in my home.
I paid $1000.00 for it on ebay used. It came from the "House of Blues" at their Mertel Beach location.
When I was doing my research on this unit, a few things get my attention.
* Full 1920x1080p capable.
Three years ago, finding any projector that could do this was a tuff battle, and was going to cost major bucks.
* 6000 lumens.
What?!! I knew I could get CRT projectors that would do the full HD spec, but no CRT projector was going to do much better then maybe 1000 lumens.
So, Full 1080p at 6000 lumens for only $1000.00----What's the catch?
Well, turns out there are alot of catches.
- parts are hard to find.
- it weighs nearly 500 pound.
- it eats power like crazy
- major major major major pain in the butt to set it up and calibrate it.
During mr research, I came across Leo Bassett's web site. I made contact with him, and asked him via voice mail message "How much for a replacement bulb for a JVC 360?".
He called me back and asked me a lot of questions about why I would have such a unit, and I explained that I did not have one yet, but was thinking about getting one off ebay.
He laughed at me, said forget it dude, these things take a lot specialized training to work on, they are dangerous, and you as an rookie would not stand a chance of getting this to work in a home.
I got a little miffed and said "How much for the bulb!".
He said look, if you buy it, screw with it for a while, get pissed off at it, and when you have had enough, call me back and I will buy the power supply from you for what you got into it so you wont be out anything. If you actually get it working, I will sell you a bulb cheep when and if you ever need one.
With his help over the phone I was able to troubleshoot some broken parts, and he sent them too me. After about 1 year, I had a decent picture coming out of the unit.
He actually fly into my city and spent a weekend with me in my home, and took it to the next level, and I have been happy ever since.
I have been to the "Football Hall of Fame" in SouthBend, and I also seen the new digital theater that they just put in at the University of Notre Dame, and while both are large venue setups and impressive, they don't look as good as my system in my house.
To be fair, Leo did upgrade my valves to "EC" type, and Im only running on an 8 foot screen with the bulb current dropped to about 1/3rd power, still that is pushing about 36 FtLamberts as measured in full 1080p.
My point to all this is, don't dismiss Analog CRT projection just cuz its old.
Take a visit to my website and look at the 7-megapixel photos of screen shots. My screen is a piece of paneling painted white! For 1080p shots, look at the "under Construction" first link.http://bbs.flagnet.org
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