Any way, back to the subject at hand. Sanyo makes a fair number of LCD units,and a few are specifically designed for venue type installation. What this means, is the age of digital PJ's having the same sort of longevity in usage, quality,and dependability is coming. it's getting close now. overall, CRT still has digital projection beat, when it comes to reliability in a commercial application like a bar. This is FUNDAMENTAL to any bar owner. Many owners, once shown the options, combined with their experience, will STILL opt for a CRT..if the differences in reliability (between the technologies) are clearly shown.
Some of the higher lumen count LCD units are now getting more viable. So, the simple precautions necessary for long-term reliability of one of these devices in a sports bar:
1)The LCD projector MUST have track record for venue related-reliability-performance. This comes -before- price considerations..due to down-time that can be experienced by faulty devices. This is not (downtime of the projection system) allowed in a sports bar. Period.
2) The owner of the bar MUST, I mean MUST place the LCD projector in a location, or spot, where it can be fed CLEAN, humidity, and temperature controlled air. As said in the movie 'Contact'..."It's not going out there without MINIMAL, I repeat MINIMAL protection". I have seen many a LCD PJ die long before it's time, due to a lack of care in it's install.
This means a hushbox, with filtered air going to it. The air must be source from a different location from the bar area, or the kitchen area. The air must originally be clean. The hushbox system,and air filtration system must be foolproof, as bar staff are notoriously stupid (or uncaring..especially at the wages paid!). That air must have no seasonal-change aspect to it's behavior.(it must be neutral all year around.) This aspect of installation is actually pretty simple, it merely requires that the bar owner wrap his head around the fact that it is likely that $1K or more will have to be spent on protecting the viability of the LCD projector investment.
Ignore this warning..and they will be out the usage of the device, and the value of it's investment.
So, a mid priced LCD unit, in the 1024x768 panel size area, with a multi year reliability track record..a proper clean air feed..and a long bulb life.
It's location must be carefully planned as well. It must go in a place where the screen area is darkened, no matter the position of the sun, or lighting. Good locations for projection units..leads to a underlying current of constant patronage by the general public..because the image is repeatably,and constantly good looking,and performing. People go to bars to exercise their internal desire for the comfort of sameness..and group interaction. The projection system must be sublime in operation and action..and slip beneath their conscious observance..with its high quality. Only then will you have the general public hooked. and half of them won't even know why..it becomes the mystery of atmosphere. Psychology at work.