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Why doesn’t everyone have a theater?
With all the style, performance, and cost benefits of front projection, why doesn’t every home in the world have a theater as their primary entertainment display? First off, projection is seen as relatively complicated (as opposed to a buy - and - hang flat panel display, which is often a do-it-yourself project for the homeowner). This leads to people believing it to be wildly expensive, overly complex, or not even considering it as a possibility at all. Indeed, most people simply don’t think of front projection as a viable option when shopping for a “television.” The second reason is people associate projectors with dark, cave-like rooms that can only be used for movie watching. Sometimes space, room size, or ceiling height limitations can make homeowners believe that projection will never work for them. Once the homeowner considers projection, then the real work begins of making it work for their room.
Flexible, Fashionable, and Impressive
One of the ways to beat the sun and create incredible visual experiences in the home is with a flex-theater. When you can’t dedicate the space or the budget for a dedicated home theater, a flexible design that accommodates multiple uses of a single space can be a perfect compromise. A projection system combined with modular furniture and lighting control can transform a living room into a theater back into an entertainment space with a simple tap on a touch screen.
We recommend a flex-theater that contemplates the viewing patterns, needs, decorating sensibilities, and budget of the homeowner and is tuned especially to their needs. One size does not have to fit all, as each projection solution can be unique. In order to do this, the room designer or installer must start with an assessment of the room itself.
Learn more about Flex Theaters with Runco’s Guide to Flex Theaters eBook.
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At InfoComm 2014, Planar announced it is expanding its 4K product offerings with new displays ranging in size from 28" to 98". The new displays, which will be showcased at the InfoComm 2014 tradeshow, include additions to two popular Planar product families—the Planar® UltraRes™ Series and Planar® EP-Series™. Planar also unveiled its new Planar® IX-Series™ 4K desktop monitor.
“Planar’s early and ongoing commitment to commercial 4K is reflected in this wide range of new models,” said Steve Seminario, senior director of product marketing at Planar Systems. “From desktop monitors to ultra-large format displays, our goal is to accelerate the adoption of ultra HD technology by making it accessible, affordable and well-tailored to commercial applications.”
With four times the resolution of full HD, Planar ultra HD displays deliver life-like picture quality and an immersive experience. Compatible with existing full HD and 4K sources, as well as the growing number of 4K devices coming to market, Planar 4K displays offer broad connectivity for both current and future use. All models also come with an energy-efficient architecture featuring a whisper-quiet, fan-less design made possible through LED backlighting and advanced power management.
Planar UltraRes 98"
With the Planar UltraRes 98" the company is expanding its award-winning Planar UltraRes Series line to include a large format 4K display in a size that supports large rooms by providing a seamless, single-display solution to applications previously requiring a tiled video wall. Designed for resolution-rich commercial applications, the Planar UltraRes 98" combines 4K clarity with state-of-the-art design and performance. From conference rooms to training centers to public display applications, the immersive 98" display captures the attention of audiences from a wide range of viewing distances.
Like the best-in-class Planar UltraRes 84", which Planar introduced in 2013, the Planar UltraRes 98" offers extensive connectivity options, including support for up to eight connected sources. The Planar UltraRes 98” includes built-in UltraRes MediaPlex™ software, which allows multiple sources to be viewed simultaneously with the ability to upscale and downscale content to full screen or quadrants of the screen. With an installation depth less than four inches, the Planar Profile™ Mounting System makes the Planar UltraRes 98” compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and ensures easy installation in any environment.
The Planar UltraRes Series now supports true 4K at up to 60Hz via HDMI 2.0, enabling smoother fast-motion video and mouse tracking, as well as compatibility with new and emerging 4K playback devices. “We choose Planar for many of our display needs,” said Jeff Hastings CEO of at BrightSign, the market leader in digital signage media players. “Planar has built a reputation as a premier commercial 4K display manufacturer in the industry, and is also proving to be a leader in the effort to support true 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, an important requirement for smooth video playback.”
Planar EP-Series 58" and 65"
Planar is also bringing 4K resolution to its popular Planar EP-Series line with the introduction of 58" and 65" models. The displays, built for mission-critical and extended use applications, are ideal for demanding 24x7 commercial operations such as airports and control rooms and as digital signage in a variety of settings including retail stores, hospitality settings and corporate lobbies.
The new 4K displays join the Planar EP-Series full HD 46" and 55" models, known for high durability, stunning image performance and advanced commercial functionality. The ultra HD Planar EP-Series 58" and 65" displays come standard with an expansion slot that supports Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) for digital signage, making them compatible with OPS devices such as media players and PCs. The new 4K displays support both landscape and portrait modes and include an ultra-slim, logo-free bezel to direct viewers’ attention to the display’s content. Planar EP-Series 4K displays are also available with integrated multi-touch technology for interactive 4K experiences.
Planar IX-Series 28"
Introducing 4K for desktop users, the Planar IX-Series features a 28" LCD monitor that offers an immersive 4K desktop experience for control room operators, architects, video editors, graphic designers, photographers and corporate desktop users. The new ultra HD desktop monitor line is available with dual and quad stand options and features Planar’s FlexFour™ software, allowing up to four distinct video sources to be viewed concurrently on the same monitor.
The Planar UltraRes 98”, Planar EP-Series 58” and 65” and Planar IX-Series 28” will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers and will begin shipping in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Learn more about Planar’s new 4K products at www.planar.com/4K.
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Runco XtremeProjection X-200i Wows Visitors at CEDIA
Steinway Lyngdorf selected Runco for their projection system in their audio room at CEDIA. "The X-200i projector from Runco was ideal for our demonstration room, the high quality picture wowed visitors and the nearly noiseless operation let our audio system take center stage," noted Katherine Spiller, director of sales and marketing, Steinway Lyngdorf. The projector was used with a 16:9 aspect ratio screen and showed a variety of content to highlight the combined audio and video quality of the room set-up.
The X-200i is the most popular model in the XtremeProjection™ series and was designed from the ground up specifically for the custom installer who specializes in high-end theaters and appreciates craftsmanship and video quality. The XtremeProjection™ series projector brings big screen experiences to the home filling maximum screen sizes from 171 to 235 inches wide – the equivalent of up to a 270-inch diagonal video image. The X-200i relies on a combination of state-of-art DLP-based SuperOnyx™ technology and proprietary electronics, processing, and optics to deliver stunning images in both 2D and 3D.
For unparalleled reproduction of Hollywood’s 2.35:1 CinemaScope standard the X-200i is available with Runco’s legendary CineWide™ with AutoScope™ technology. Selecting from multiple lens options that allow the flexibility for seamless integration into the most sophisticated personal cinemas, each X-200i projector is custom built to suit the exact requirements specified for every client.
Read more about the X-200i by visiting Runco.com or to learn more about CineWide, download our Guide to CineWide® e-Book: a viewer’s guide to widescreen scope projection.
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