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Cheap e-bay CRT's

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by John Watts, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. John Watts

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    Hi all,
    A question if i may,
    I often see old but working CRT pj's on ebay for around £200 obviously they are past their best and its a risky buy due to the nature of the beast.
    However as someone who would like to stick his toe's into the CRT waters i'm quite tempted to just go ahead and buy a cheap old projector like one of these.
    Now what i wondered was do any of you know a place where i can get hold of a projector at this kind of price without using ebay? I really just want to play with it and see if i want to make a bigger investment in the market or stick with my LCD projector.
    Any help would be much appreaciated.
    Regards,
    John.
     
  2. Roland @ B4

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    John depaend what you are looking for and the kind of price you are willing to pay.
    There seems to have been a whole host of projectors come up recently. some have been real bargins. One in particular I was asked to get involved with was such a mishmash of bits that it was difficult to tell what the origainal machine was meant to be.
     
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    Hi. I have newly bought a Barco 801s from e-bay for £400. Sold by a company called Insight. They were great to deal with and the projector is in excellent unmolested condition. THey said they were going to put another couple on e-bay. Worth keeping an eye out for it!
    I have upgraded from an older LCD. The difference is night and day! Well worth the money.
     
  4. JMPremier

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    I cant see any 801s that went for £400, what was the item number?

    John
     
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    that may be a tad confusing roland, are u recommending ebay or warning him off ? :)

    i got a barco data 650 in january from ebay, and its been fine,
    cheers rob
     
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    Some can be good and a real bargin.
    Others have many problems and require a lot of work. Intermitant faults are the night mares, the ones that only happen after an hour or two.
     
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    I'd also watch out for one relatively near you as you'd certainly be best to collect, this is beacuse they are very delicate and i certainly wouldn't like to see one shipped without some serious protection (flight case).

    I guess with ebay your also going on someones description, if you get there and find something you don't like about the machine, your already obligated to buy, so long as the description wasn't a lie....Also remember one mans mint, is another mans poor etc.

    Shame your not closer, as i have a spare BD800 that i've been meaning to get rid of for a while.
     
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    Having looked at a few on ebay, its just a gamble, maybe a good buy or it may be utter rubbish. But as with others looking to get into CRT for the first time(me included), we really don't know what we are buying even if you see it working, test screen's or seek advice, etc

    "you pays your money and takes a chance"
     
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    I'm close :hiya:
    Could you please give more details if you're serious
    Thanks
    Ray
     
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    Its a BD800, a good starting projector, has a digital Chasis which means less fiddling with pots and more via the remote. Its got fairly high hours and not the cleanest of tubes, but by what i remember it gives quite a good picture (better than LCD/DLP IMHO), i just haven't yet got round to seting it up so i could demo it and sell it. It has Glass Lenses which was an upgrade.I have a small bracket for mounting which i actualy got with my BG801s, and bought the PJ for the s****ier bracket a few years back, with the idea of selling the second PJ on....i also have almost a full set of spares (everything but the Lenses and case IIRC). Instruction manuals can be dowloaded (which i have) for installation and owners....what do you want to know ???

    They are big though....guess 2'x4'x3' and you won't be far out and heavy 70-80kg

    I guess i should really get round to seting a basic demo up
     
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    I think you answered most..........bit big at 4' long!
    Do these projectors need permanant install or can the be 'wheeled out' (when required? (don't fancy having 80kg suspended above my head :eek:
    Other sort of questions would be about life expectancy (left in tubes 'cos I gather they could be a tad pricey to replace)
    Opportunity to demo would also be on my list :rolleyes:
     
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    The 800 series is not the largest, try the 1200 for size !!!

    They are best installed and fixed, i guess you could move it on a trolly or something, but would have to guarentee the exact spot as well as the geometry to the screen....personaly i wouldn't, and the best picture comes from having the projector very acuratly placed, as the less electronic adjustment the better.

    Life expectancy is a hard one, unlike an LCD when the lamp blows, you need a new lamp, tubes slowly fade given reasonable operating perameters, so its posible to get a good picture out of a set of tubes with 8-10,000 hours. On the other hand badly driven lenses could short in seconds and burn the tube, and there is always the question of screen burn, where an image is burnt into the tubes. I guess there is also personal preference and room conditions to consider....CRTs are best in a completely black room, more light and.... Screen size is also a consideration, larger the screen more light required.

    There are a lot of factors to be considered with a CRT, they are not particularly user friendly, but will reward if you can adjust to what is required.
     
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    I bought the 801s on 5th Aug item no:5711892902
     
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    what do u think of it so far?
     
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    That looked like a good buy, very low hours too :)

    John
     
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    I would be interested in what spares you have as i have bought this one here.
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143074

    Adrenochrome.
     
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    I'll have to have a look in the big box i've got and try and list them, though while i know i have a service manual, i haven't the foggiest where as we are having loads of house renovation works and things have been put away, moved and re-moved !!!!

    I'll see what i can dig up tonight.

    Cya,
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    Thanks Lee :thumbsup:

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    If you are serious about trading then please take it to a thread in the classifieds.
     
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    Just building my new cinema room to accomodate the crt. Been on holiday for a few weeks, so only used it a few times. The picture qualtiy is excellent. Well impressed!!
     
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    Some rules of thumb when buying a crt off e-bay;-Make sure you can see the projector working.

    Ensure you ask for tube pictures.(hours of use can be altered.)

    Try and buy from someone with high positive feedback,that has sold projectors before.

    Avoid situations where there is a photograph of a crt on a warehouse floor and the seller doesnt know anything about it.

    (Try and obtain history of the crt you are buying.How & where that crt has been used is VERY important,for example a crt from an air conditioned ,smoke free enviroment owned by an enthusiast is a safer bet that an ex-corporate!)

    **Remember also,that the crt you are buying for 500 pounds is likely only worth 500 pounds and may need re-tubing or may have other costly problems.

    If it sounds too good to be true,It invariably is.!
     

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