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Three Reasons to Install a Runco Home Theater

Friday, July 12, 2013


 

Three Reasons to Install a Runco Home Theater

After years of coveting and contemplating, I am finally installing a proper front-projection Runco system into my own home.  I don’t want to make too many lame excuses for being behind my colleagues and friends in having a theater, but I finally have a room where I can control the light and have the wall space to accommodate a theater and construction has begun.  I will provide additional progress updates as it continues, but needless to say, myself and my family are very excited!

Which leads me to the discussion today, why install a Runco home theater?  As a self-described technology geek, I had always wanted a theater, but the reason that we pulled the trigger was more about my role as a Mom and Wife, than as the VP of marketing for Planar and Runco.  Here are the three, very personal reasons, why I wanted a Runco theater in my home.

3.  Nothing beats diagonal inches for family movie night

We have a long-standing Friday night tradition of getting pizza and “watching something upstairs.”  Recently, we have enjoyed a beautiful Runco Vistage 63” flat panel and I have nothing but good things to say about that display.  Absolutely beautiful!  However, due to the layout of the room, my daughter (who is seven and quite petite at that) could only see the screen when the sofa was reclined and she was sitting in one particular place at the table.  It was less accessible for her than it was for others in the family.  So, now we are looking forward to watching movies or “So You Think You Can Dance?” episodes on an 110” screen for a more immersive experience that can be viewed from any portion of the room.  That 110” Stewart screen is a whopping 300% bigger than the Vistage in terms of square inches (5,167 vs 1,695) and those extra diagonal inches have a huge impact.

2.  It makes my home a destination for our friends

For years, my husband has participated in a Sunday night “Men’s Movie Night.”  They go to some shoot-em-up movie that nobody’s wife wants to see and love every minute of it (well, except for the sticky floors, uncomfortable seats, and noisy patrons).  If nothing of interest was in the theaters (and that is often the case), they’d meet up in someone’s home to watch a BluRay instead.  Due to the set-up we had, our home was always on the list (I mentioned earlier how incredible movies looked our Runco display).  But with this new set-up, our house will be the preferred location for these home cinema experiences. 

Sure, I am in the professional video business and having nice displays at home is an occupational hazard, but now that will be apparent from the moment someone walks into the room and sees the impressive QuantumColor Q-750d on the ceiling and screen on the wall.  We choose not to put it in the back of the room, although we could have with the equally-fabulous Ultra version, because we wanted the room to be a spokesperson for Runco.  It will get lots of deserved attention and I have already heard my husband giving an impassioned explanation to our friends about the benefits of Runco’s Infinilight LED illumination system and Runco SmartColor.  Which, I must admit, is a proud moment!


1.  It makes my home a destination for my kids’ friends


Friends of mine, whom I consider particularly good at this impossible job called “raising kids,” have expressed to me time and time again the importance of knowing your children and their friends as they grow.  This is especially true during the teenage years, where the influence of peers is so pronounced.  My children are still in elementary school, but even now I see the impact of their friends on their choices and attitudes.  And frankly, I want to continue to know them, and their friends, and have an influence as long as I can.  Having a home theater is the kind of thing that will bring kids to our house.  We will stock the fridge in the back of the room with snacks and beverages.  We will have great movies and shows available.  We will create the kind of environment in our media room that makes our house the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night. 

 

These are just some of the reasons that we are now working on the theater.  We know that it is an investment that will pay dividends for our family and friends for years to come.

 

Stay tuned for more updates on the theater and for pictures of the finished room, coming soon!

Introducing the Runco QuantumColor Q-650i: Unsurpassed performance in an energy-efficient package

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Runco is proud to announce an addition to the Runco QuantumColor™ Q-650i. This LED theater projector utilizes lampless technology which uses 70% less power than lamp-based projection and requires no maintenance. In addition, the Q-650i pairs QuantumColor’s revolutionary technological advancements, like Runco SmartColor™and InstantOn™ to create an energy-efficient system, without mercury or lead, that delivers must-see projection performance. This combination makes the Q-650i the perfect solution for dedicated theaters.

The QuantumColor™Q-650i offers the largest color gamut ever available in home theater projection combining Runco’s Personal Color Equalizer™ proprietary color management with the ability to measure ColorContrast™, enabling colors to be ‘turned up’ to achieve greater realism and dimensionality. The result is an unsurpassed visual experience that must be seen to be understood.

For enhanced customization and aesthetic appeal the Q-650i can be customized with Runco’s ColourPalette™ design options to create a truly one-of-a-kind projector aligned with the aesthetic of the luxury home.

Knowledge is Power!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Digital media is evolving. Designers and architects are looking beyond traditional uses like way finding and advertising. Using digital media in place of traditional print artwork to create a living space or configuring displays in a free-standing sculpture are just a few of the innovative and remarkable ways to move beyond the big black box. Even with mainstream media wall installations, you can transform a space or achieve business objectives in new and dynamic ways.

Planar (Runco's parent company) can help get you started in digital media design by offering an opportunity to learn the basics of designing media walls through our free online training course: Designing Media Walls: Imagery, video, and information on digital canvases. The one-hour course provides a primer on media wall technology, reviewing key specification items, components, a list of design considerations, case studies and a review of media wall trends. Upon course completion you are eligible to earn AIA (American Institute of Architects) and state credit and qualify for HSW. Register today!

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