When I was just a lad....
(many many moons ago)
I was a visual sort of a guy. Just as I am am right now. All of my buddies had killer stereo systems and huge collections of records back then.
BUT...I had the very BEST TV set that I could get my hands on. When I lived in the same house with several of my high school friends ( a few decades back) I was the guy who provided the TV set. THEY had the stereo systems and speakers.
It worked out GREAT. We had good tunes AND a killer TV set. Best of both worlds.
But, being the "video dude" in the bunch...I kept on hearing about the elusive and spectacular "PROTON TV". It was supposed to be the ne-plus-ultra of TV sets. Unbeliveable picture...perfect colour...the ultimate expression of us video freaks, born into reality.
But a PROTON TV was a rare and elusive animal. And...according to reports...those things cost an arm and TWO legs! I was a committed videophile for almost three decades, and I'd never even SEEN a PROTON TV!
Fast forward to present day.
I'm cruising through a local Vancouver Island second hand store. Looking for good speakers for my surround sound system that is...SURPRISE...hooked into my killer TV.
And guess what I found, sitting quietly underneath a table full of cheap crap at this nondescript second hand store?
A big 27 inch PROTON TV!!!!
It had no remote...and it was a model that was originally sold into the Japanese home market. So all of the controls and the menu were in Japanese. The picture and colour controls were wayyy out of whack when we fired this big PROTON up, and NOBODY could figure them out (the picture looked like sh*t!). So the guy who owned the store said..."give it to you for twenty bucks. Get it out of my sight!".
I scooped it instantly!
Dragged it home and hooked it into my SAT TV system. Spent about half a day figuring out all of the controls. But I GOT it...eventually.
This TV is beyond belief! The colour is better than my expensive 27 inch Panasonic reference monitor! And its sharper than my Hitachi big screen CRT in the livingroom!
I LOVE the thing!!
But I can't get any of my universal remotes to work with it. No matter how hard I try. Nor can I find much data on it via Google (it's an oddball).
Anyone here know anything more than I do about PROTON TV"s (probably from the mid nineties).