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Runco Client Experience: CRT to LED

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Posted by Bob Brown

I had a long talk with my Runco CRT DTV-933 projector and I concluded retirement party was near. I purchased my first Runco projector new in May 1999. I've been eye-balling several replacement models and absolutely love Runco products because quality is their first priority. The Samsung SP-A900B projector was on the top of my short list of DLP projectors. After careful consideration of my DLP™ options, Runco's LED QuantumColor Q-750i was the winner. No moving parts, pure colors, black and whites much better than a CRT, off the scale contrast, very bright (light dedicated room recommended), thousands of hours without a lamp, quiet and awesome specs across the board.

I bought the Q-750i from my favorite local home theater and lighting control center, Advanced Audio Design in Naples, Florida. The gentleman who assisted with this project was Jon Guenther of Advanced Audio Design. Jon is my go-to man for all of my tougher technical questions. Jon's extremely familiar with Runco, along with most home theater, lighting and home automation related products. He's been in the business forever - give or take a week.

I needed Jon’s assistance to mount the projector on the bracket. He also helped me configure the Runco Q-750i to the screen. He also helped with the setup of the internal menus for my application and preference (Personal Color Equalizer™ allows color adjustment that includes those exactly defined by the cinematographer and the color preferences of each individual viewer for each source). I did go through the manual later on because I enjoy knowing everything about my home theater equipment. Jon saved me a lot of time so I didn’t have to read through the setup manual myself. From the moment I started the projector, and saw the out-of-box projected image, I knew I had something special. The image was astounding and the projector was very quiet. My old CRT was directly above my seating area and sounded like a harrier jet hovering overhead. I mounted the Q-750i about 6 feet behind. The Q-750i makes little sound.

Without hesitation, my first film on the Q-750i was the new Star Trek movie. Besides being a huge fan of Star Trek, I knew the picture was going to be stellar – and I wasn't disappointed. The colors were dead-on, the image was sharp as a thumbtack, and there were no motion artifacts— not even during explosions and intense light bursts. No rain-bowing (no color wheel in the Q-750i), the contrast and black levels were astounding. The white areas (high frequencies) were not blown-out like you can see with an LCD and it maintained fine detail. Simply put, it's the best projector I've seen to date. And by the way, I have seen a lot of projectors.

I also own a PlayStation 3 (PS3). I often play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 online (warning: If you want to stay married, try to play when your wife isn't home). I connected the PS3 in my theater via HDMI and modem (modem to the router, router to a switcher, switcher to the PS3) Wow! The streaming image was indescribable - color, sharpness and detail were beyond my wildest dreams. Proprietary Runco Smart Color (RSC™) provides a hue compensation curve and gamut mapping that allows for lifelike, accurate flesh tones. Speaking of, you'll have to excuse me I need to return to my theater for another game of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Runco client Bob Brown has been a Traffic Homicide Investigator for the state of Florida for the past 21 years. Bob studied photography at Florida International University, film and script writing at the University of Miami. Bob created his website http://www.amateurhometheater.com/ in 1999.

Terry's Top Twenty Blu-ray Concert Videos

Monday, March 08, 2010

Posted March 8, 2010 by Terry Paulin, Home Theatre Journalist

1. Rolling Stones - Shine a Light


2. Chris Botti - in Boston
3. Roy Orbison - Black and White Night

4. Elton John - ELTON: 60

5. Stevie Nicks - Live

6. Moody Blues - Lovely to See You

7. Tony Bennett - All American Classic

8. Michael Buble' - Caught in the Act

9. Dave Mathews/Tim Reynolds - Live at Radio City

10. Chris Botti - Live

11. Diana Krall - Live in Rio

12. K.D. Lang - with BBC Concert Orchastra

13. Neil Diamond - Hot August Night, NYC

14. Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood - Live, from M.S.G.

15. Paul Simon and Friends - Library of Congress

16. The Last Waltz - (the Band)

17.John Mayer - Where the Light Is

18. Celine Dion - Live in Las Vegas


19. Bruce Springsteen - Live in Dublin (C- video, A+ music)
20. David Foster - Hit Man

And the Award goes to...(Part 2)

Friday, March 05, 2010

Posted by Pippa Edelen

-An Education-
Capitalizing on having a dear friend home after the holidays, we scoured The Oregonian to find the charming film An Education. I’m thrilled we did – it’s my pick for Best Pic. A darling coming-of-age movie that engrosses without nonsensical tragedy or drama, An Education boasts the best combination of scenery, characters and acting of all the films I’ve seen in 2009. The costumes are amazing and the music is delightful. A fan of Peter Scaarsgard for many years, he has all the talent of Ewen McGregor with his own polish and flair. And Carey Mulligan is absolutely one to watch and I am doubly excited to see her in next year’s sequal to Wall Street. A truly darling, enjoyable film that I loved even more because it had the distinct look of film would be ideal for a Runco VX-3000, which offers film purity and colors without any distraction of the 1961-England setting.

An Education celebrates life in 1961 and you’ll be inspired to drink along. Baccarat saucer cups with champagne are a perfect accompaniment. And a martini makes more than one appearance in the film.

The perfect vodka dirty martini
2 oz Belvedere vodka
1 tbsp dry vermouth
2 tbsp olive juice
2 olives

Place an ice cube and a small amount of water in a cocktail glass. Place in freezer for 2 - 3 minutes. ?
Fill a mixer with all ingredients including garnish. Cover and shake hard 3 - 4 times. ?
Remove cocktail glass from freezer, and empty. Strain contents of the mixer into the cocktail glass, include one of the olives, and serve with a mysterious smile.

-Up in the Air-
As a onetime very frequent traveler (hit 1K by May one year), I loved the concept of Up in the Air. I can relate to being so addicted to life on the road (or, at least, accustomed) that you begin to forget how to live life at home. I also know the itch to get back on the road that you get when you’re grounded for a long period of time. I’m well-passed that itch now and love nothing more than weeks of being home, but both the book and the movie will strike a chord for anyone who has come home with multiple magnetic hotel keys in your bag (bonus if you stayed in more than one Marriott Courtyard on a trip and you forgot what room you were in because they are so incredibly identical), boasting about your accrued miles and showing off all your status at various rental car agencies, hotels and airlines. However, for those of you wondering, the book and movie are distant cousins of each other with little in common. I surprisingly found both to be pretty lackluster and fail to see the genius at puts this film in Best Picture company, but it’s a great pick for a Friday-night rental on the majorly-impressive Runco XP-OPAL65 65” plasma, especially if you’re a George Clooney fan. And really, who isn’t?

Enjoy with small packs of food, especially peanuts, pretzels, sparking water and bourbon, neat. Bonus points for watching it while in a hotel and getting room service!

Pippa has a degree in Journalism from UofO and spends most of her time writing fancy words, orchestrating events, shining up websites and generating press for Runco.

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