THX Teams With Runco International To Develop The First THX Certified Home Theater Projectors


Runco and Vidikron DLP™ Projectors meet THX visual performance requirements.

Union City, CA - January 2007 - THX Ltd. and Runco International have teamed to develop the world's first THX Certified HD projectors for home theaters. The Runco VX-2cx family of projectors and the Vidikron Vision models 90t and 100t, all 3-chip Digital Light Processing (DLP™) projectors, are the first HD video display products to achieve THX certification. In addition, both companies are working together to develop a series of THX Certified 1080p DLP projectors, which will enable consumers to enjoy a level of image quality previously reserved for mastering and cinema environments.

Leveraging its expertise in the cinema and post-production markets, THX ensures that certified displays and projectors can perform to the rigorous standards outlined in the THX Certified Display program. The THX program promises that HD and standard definition content will be presented with the correct color, luminance levels and video processing capabilities, regardless of the display category or technology (DLP, LCD, plasma, front/rear projection).

Using the THX Certified Display specifications as the design and testing standard enables Runco and Vidikron to push the boundaries of projector performance and present true HD home theater experiences with the sharpest and most detailed images possible.

"Today, consumers are forced to sort through myriad technologies and product options when buying an HD display. THX has teamed with Runco to tackle this growing complexity and ensure best-in-class quality and performance in the next wave of digital home projectors and video displays," said Richard Dean, vice president of technology development at THX Ltd. "Runco's expertise in the professional installation market combined with their reputation for engineering excellence was instrumental in our decision to bring them aboard as our first partner."

Sam Runco, Founder and CEO of Runco International, made this observation: "Runco International has enjoyed a close working relationship with THX for many years and nothing could be more exciting for us than to be partnering with them as the first THX licensee for video display products. They, like Runco, were influential in the establishment of the high-end home theater category. We have a healthy respect for their high standards and have always been proud of the work we have done together. This further validates the quality and performance of our products and ensures consumers that the Runco and Vidikron brands perform to the highest levels in the industry."

THX created proprietary performance testing parameters for projection and display products based on cinema and video industry best practices. This includes tests for signal processing and front-of-screen analysis. During the certification process, Runco and Vidikron projectors are thoroughly analyzed by THX to ensure that they can present content at the best possible resolution with the correct levels. THX also identifies and minimizes sources of motion artifacts, image ghosting, dropped frames and picture noise, and makes recommendations for improving product performance.

In addition, Runco and Vidikron customers will be provided recommendations for optimum THX system set-up to ensure each product is performing to its full potential.

THX Certified Display testing includes the following:

  • Front of Screen (FOS) Testing
    • Luminance
    • Contrast
    • Color Gamut
    • Gamma
    • Uniformity
    • Max Resolution
  • Video Signal Processing Testing
    • Scaling
    • Deinterlacing
    • Motion/Video Conversion

For more information on THX Ltd., please visit http://www.thx.com/.

For more information on Runco International, Inc., please visit http://www.runco.com/.

Founded in 1987 and acquired by Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) in 2007, Runco is a market leader in state-of-the-art projection systems, flat-panel plasma monitors, video processors and other components for the custom consumer market. Runco's innovations, including features that have become essential for the new digital high-definition capable televisions, have won numerous awards and citations from the world press. Runco continues to be a pioneer in the custom video display market.
Planar Systems, Inc is a global leader of specialty display technology providing hardware and software solutions for the world's most demanding environments including hospitals, space and military programs, utility and transportation hubs, shopping centers, banks, government agencies, businesses, and home theaters.


Kimberly Lancaster
Caster Communications

Runco International

Ryan Gray
Planar Systems, Inc.

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