I am very happy with my BG808s. I wouldn't do it over because I got such a good deal on it. I am a little sad that it the "s" model. That means that tubes are more money than another projector. Barcos are among the quietest projectors out there, and they are super easy to service. If money were not an option, I would go for an Electrohome 9501LC. But an E-home wouldn't fit with my low basement ceiling.
I sold the BG808s to Garrick to purchase a 9501LC from Paul (GN2.)
I have not seen a G90, but others swear by them.
I have been very happy with the Ehome, they are loud compared to the Barco, but that is fixed with a fan mod (which I have not done yet.) I am still using the "worn" tubes in this unit and it smokes the Barco in every aspect. Do not get me wrong the BG808s is a great unit, it is very easy to work on, the picture is top notch and it is almost silent. I can not wait to get some free time to swap out the tubes, do a full setup and a calibration with my CA-1.
If I were to buy all over again, I would choose a lower end PJ over the BG808 that I have now. Probably a 7-incher with fan modding already done on it. Because the 808 was a bit expensive and a bit loud. And there is no such thing as HDTV over here so I dont *really* need the resolution the 808 provides.
Its not that I regret my purchase, I just think I could have gotten away cheaper and still be quite satisfied.
I like price no object. Its where the performance is.
Hmmm the other part of the question is,, "what would I do different".
Hmmm.. I would want to spend big bucks and have a really nice set of lenses made by Schinder for our 9 inch product. It would have cost $200k for development and a additional $15k cost to add to the projector but it would have made a big difference.
Hmmm... There is still time...
A 9" is always better because the picture will always be better.
I did all of my gut wrenching, research and second guessing before I dove in. After a LOT of researching, interviews, and viewing sessions I went with the big SONY. Wouldn't trade it for anything else available.
i just did buy over again. replaced my marquee 8500lc with a... marquee 8500lc. this one with re-built tubes and the full mikey (parker that is). If money were no object, i would get the 9500lc with a full mikey.
I would go with the Marquee 9500LC Ultra to get the HD10/GT17 lens. If I was going to watch at multiple scan rates, for 1080I& 720P HD and 960P DVD and price was no object the Madrigal MP-9 is the only Marquee based unit with a separate RGB Focus, found in the "utilities" menu, setting for each recall memory. I have setup the MP-9 and the correct RGB Focus was slightly different at different scan rates. I do not like to have just one RGB Focus setting and having to decide which setup should have the correct focus and which should be less than optimum. I happen to like their custom color filtering as well.
I'm with Ted. Once I discovered CRT (I was about to get a 60+ in Pioneer Elite), I spent hundreds of hours over a few months on this forum and searching the net. I was able to find a G90 at a great price and then, based on this forum, spent additional months getting and installing a Stewart screen, building and installing a mounting system, building an HTPC, and then had William Phelps calibrate the system. I wouldn't change a thing (and I was able to do it all for only about 50% more than I was going to pay for the Pioneer Elite).
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