Home Theater

Runco XtremeProjection Series Targets High-End Systems

Runco's latest high-performance projectors incorporate the company's DLP-based SuperOnyx technology, as well as its own processing algorithms to provide home theater owners with a choice of solutions that deliver top-of-the-line performance with 2D and 3D content.

Runco's XtremeProjection Series are designed for large screen systems, and the active 3D products ship with three pairs of 3D glasses.
Robert Archer · February 6, 2013

A few years ago home theater was one of many status symbols that people aspired to own as the economy hummed along with low unemployment and prosperity for many. Today the economic story is much different, but the public’s desire to own a home theater still remains high.

Runco, a manufacturer that helped to drive the popularity of home theater in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s remains committed to the home theater market and this past fall the West Coast-based manufacturer announced its XtremeProjection series of products that are designed for large home theater spaces.

The company says the new X-200i, X-400d and X-450d products are the first models to populate the line and they are engineered to fill screen sizes ranging from 171 inches to 235 inches. All three products utilize Runco’s DLP-based SuperOnyx technology, as well as the company’s proprietary image processing technologies to produce quality images in 2D and 3D.

“Runco’s legacy in incomparable visual experiences continues with this new XtremeProjection series,” says Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Runco. “These new systems demonstrate our commitment to the success of dealers and the delight of their clients, with exceptional video performance, beautiful 3D performance, and the features and options that make Runco a perfect fit for any theater design, all at a great price.”

In addition to the employment of its SuperOnyx technology, Runco also notes the products incorporate its CineWide and CineWide with AutoScope lens technology options to enable the projectors to show 2.35:1 aspect ratio content without black bars. Runco adds that authorized dealers have the ability to install the projectors into a number of installation scenarios through the projectors’ many lens options, and the units ship with three pairs of active 3D glasses each respectively.

The X-200i is a single-chip DLP model that Runco says produces an uncalibrated ANSI lumens figure of 1,430 and once calibrated to its CSMS standard, the X-200i produces 50 Foot-Laberts (fL) of light output. The X-400d is rated to produce 2,100 ANSI lumens uncalibrated, as well as a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. Calibrated, the company points out, the X-400d will produce 52 fL of brightness. The X-450d produces as much as 3,780 ANSI lumens and once it is calibrated to its CSMS standard, Runco says it will produce 94 fL of brightness.

Other features offered with the projectors include built-in processing for the X-200i, while the X-400d and X450d get external 2U outboard processors. All three products include the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) calibration suite that features ISF Day and ISF Night presents for specific light condition settings. Runco backs the projectors with its style-friendly ColourPalette interior design program, as well as its two-year RuncoCare warranty.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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