Originally Posted by speedmaster78
Tank you so much for sharing the experience...
Actually i've been doing intensive research as this is a big investment for me, and i am now more into digital to be honnest...
Considering the amazing picture quality of the new Sony VPL-VW90ES for example, and also the costs of a CRT when it needs tubes!
Tank you all
I've owned and sold many CRT projectors, including 9500LC's and Sony G90 and G70's, all liquid coupled projectors. I also own a JVC RS35 D'ILA projector, as well as old D'ILA projectors. I can tell you first hand that in terms of longevity, CRT projectors will outlive digital projectors nearly 3 to 1. The MOST important thing is tube condition. If you start with new or like new tubes, you'll be using your CRT LONG AFTER your digital has bit the dust. While digitals throw more light on the screen than digitals, a CRT used in a darkened room and properly setup and calibrated will provide a picture with enough Foot Lamberts to satisfy the most critical user. Remember, the bulb on a digital will lose nearly 30% of its after the first 300 hours. While still providing enough output, it will require a re-calibration. The BIGGEST problem with a CRT projector is its weight, especially a 9" LC unit. As for versatility, 9" LC projectors can use 3 different focal length lenses (10L, GT-17 and GT-26), so throw and picture size shouldn't be a problem for nearly any application. The MAIN advantage digital for me has been the ability to use an anamorphic lens for Cinemascope (2.35:1) movies and the ability to mount the projector OUTSIDE the seating area (e.g. in a rear projection booth). Of course you will need some type of HDMI to analog adapter, so you can run Blu-ray discs on a CRT projector, but they're easy enough to obtain.
I would be VERY cautious if considering a Sony SXRD digital projector because of all the problems they've had with their optical blocks. A while back, a calibrator here on the forum said he was seeing similar problems on some Sony front projectors. Since in over 3 generations of SXRD rear screen TV's Sony has been unable to solve their OB problem (and discontinued their RS SXRD TV's), I would be VERY careful in choosing an FP digital projector . The reason that OB problems on Sony front projectors hasn't been more widespread may be because FP's don't get the same type use or hours that TV's get.
So far, the JVC digitals haven't exhibited OB problems.
If tweaking is your thing, go with CRT.