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Dream Big

Monday, March 15, 2010

Posted by Duane Castillo

Saturday Academy was founded in 1983 with the goal of engaging motivated young people with in-depth learning and problem solving, by connecting them with community instructors and mentors. Since then, more than 145,000 students throughout Oregon and SW Washington have had the opportunity to participate in the program. Originally the focus was on technology based interests, but since its founding the organization has grown to include programs that cater to the creativity of youth with classes in theater/acting, history, film/photography, and writing. The group also sponsors internships with various local technology partners such as OHSU for high school age students through their ASE, (Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering programs).

Runco was given the opportunity to support Saturday Academy at a recent fundraiser at the Oregon Zoo by donating the use of two Runco CX-OPAL47 LCD displays for a slideshow on Saturday Academy’s impact in the lives of youth. Several attendees were impressed by the clarity and quality of the Runco CX-OPAL47 LCDs, and there were numerous windows in the facility which created the perfect environment for Runco’s Optical Path Alignment™ (OPAL) technology. Several members of Saturday Academy were delighted to see their story presented beautifully as attendees signed in for the event. Saturday Academy teaches and inspires children and teens that they are only limited by themselves. This reminds me of Runco’s long-standing core dedication to technology innovation in the custom home theater market. As a Runco employee I was proud to be a part of this event and as a parent I look forward to giving my son the opportunity to participate in Saturday Academy. To steal a phrase from the Saturday Academy,”…teach them to dream BIG!”

Duane is a mainland transplant from Oahu, dedicated Florida Gator and self admitted food addict who enjoys spending time with his family when he isn’t helping dealers and reps on the phones at Runco or keeping the “food addict” weight off by working out at FedEx Ground for 3-4 hours, 5 nights a week.

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

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