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CRT or not to CRT !!

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Spacecat, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. Spacecat

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    Like most PJ owners i have considered going the CRT route,
    however the size of the things and the weight have put me off having one over my head!! . I also have a 12 foot wall to wall space to put the thing in.

    Is it possible to mount a CRT like an LCD or DLp projector on a bracket above the sitting position ?

    I was considering making a hole in the wall (like a hatch) and then mounting a CRT in the Hatch so it is half in the room with the back end outside (boxed off ).
    IS this Feasible??

    I dont fancy having a huge thing that weighs 55+kilos bolted above my head!!

    How much would a reasonable 2nd hand CRT cost? that is relatively small, i would quite like one to play with to see
    what kind of image i could get,
    I have a budget of about £1000 to do this.


    If i did ceiling mount what size image could i get in a room with 12 foot between walls?

    Thanks
     
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    I just changed over from a Sony LCD to a Seleco CRT and while the Seleco is much bigger than the Sony, it doesn't have to be enormous. I think that only spending £1k is a little limiting in the CRT arena. It'll only cover a cheap Barco, NEC or Sony which I beliveve are all quite hefty. You might be able to get a Seleco SVP350 for that, which is a good bit lighter (if that's a worry), but is likely to have been used in a pub or club, so you need to look for tube burn. Roland & Gordon should be able to give you advice on the Barcos eta al, & Chris Frost is the man for Selecos.

    In terms of image size a rough rule of thumb seems to be screen width should be 75% of it's distance from the projector, so I guess that's about 8ft.

    Can't help you with the in wall stuff. Apologies in advance for any FUBARs in my response. The CRT Brains Trust will advise of those.

    IMHO a decent 2nd hand CRT is a no brainer compared to a similarly priced LCD.
     
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    I was thinking of about £1000 to buy 2nd hand projector to 'play with'!
    but about £2000 to buy one and get it installed and coverged

    would that be attainable? for £2000
     
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    I bought a Seleco SVP400+ to play with. It became apparent that while significantly better than my LCD, it still left a bit to be desired. It's internal line doubler was handy, but an iScan Pro deinterlacer showed how much I was missing. I've decided to go for a new Seleco SDG700 from Owl (like a couple of other CRT members) as it's such good value (brand new for £2350), but the downside being to get the best out of it there's £1.5k for a Centerstage scaler.

    It's acknowledged that CRTs require a professional install to get the best out of them. I've managed a decent image with it on top of my coffee table, but faced with the cost of a professional install I plumped the bigger, heavier new unit. Be careful what you get for <£1k, as cheap Barcos I've seen have a large price variance, and several people here have complained of being sold a lemon. Roland, Chris & Gordon can help on install costs, but £2k should be sufficient (Just over £1k with one of Roland's cheaper models perhaps)
     
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    thats what i was thinking a good 2nd hand unit and a professional install for £2000.

    Would an HTPC be able to take the place of the iscan pro deinterlacer?, i currently run my set up (a TOSH MT1 ) through a HTPC.

    Would a set up ;like this be able to blow away any LCd projector?
     
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    Yes, I intend to use a Home Cinema PC on my setup too. Providing it's of a reasonable spec it'll be at home on a CRT.
     
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