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Friday, August 13, 2010

Runco dealer, Western Audio Video recently hosted a demo of the Runco QuantumColor Q-750i LED projector in their showroom, in Northern California.

"Western Audio-Video had the pleasure of hosting a Runco demonstration this morning. Our Marketing and Sales departments experienced Runco’s Q750i projector through a comprehensive demonstration. We were surprised at how relatively quiet this projector is and how little heat it radiated. Even more importantly, the image created by the Q750i is stunning..." Read the full story here: http://www.westernaudiovideo.com/blog/.

Happy Friday!
~Runco Marketing

The Promise and Problems of 3D

Friday, May 14, 2010

Posted by Jennifer B. Davis

First, I cannot write about 3D without saying that we at Runco are very excited about 3D and how important it will be to the industry in 2011. The only concern I have is this: similar to what has happened every 60 years or so, the industry’s early efforts to commercialize in-home 3D are so poor that they poison the well and keep 3D from catching on the way that it could. The reasons for poor 3D reproduction in the home are many and can range from poor implementation, compatibility problems with the variety of “standards” that are bracing for war in the market, to the lack of real content in the market to take advantage of developments in technology.

I experienced a wild situation recently that illustrates this perfectly as I watched a few friends set up a new 3D television that they had bought from a big box store (their first mistake, I must say). Excited by the prospects of 3D, they bought a television, new Blu-Ray player, and got ready with their glasses. They sent someone to pick up DreamWorks’ “Monsters vs Aliens” in 3D Blu-Ray Disc to play. They had asked the blue shirt (or were they green?) and came back triumphantly carrying a disc labeled boldly as “3D.”

Only one problem: this disc was formatted in anaglyph 3D. The same blue-red glasses that were popularized in the 1950s (the last time the well was poisoned). They were set up to watch anaglyph 3D with LCD active-shutter glasses (or, more accurately, “safety goggles”). The overhead conversation included the following highlights:

“Do you see 3D?”

“Oh, be sure to turn on the glasses. The power button is on the top. Not the top of the TV the top of the glasses.”

“I think I see something.”

“Why is it so blurry?”

“I think something is wrong.”

Wrong indeed. If you visit a big box electronics store, a movie rental store (if your town still has one) or do a quick search on Amazon.com for “3D Blu-Ray” you will find lots of anaglyph titles that you can buy…and are unwatchable on any television and incompatible with other products on the market dubbed “3D.”

While someone else went to get a new Blu-Ray, another hooked up a laptop to see if some 3D games or YouTube videos could be viewed, but, naturally, these all use another, different and incompatible format of 3D.

Well, back to our heroes. That second trip to the store (this time to buy a 3D starter kit that included the only released title and two additional sets of glasses for just less than $400) did the trick. But other problems remained as evidenced by the comments:

“Oh, I see it now. That’s cool, but it’s still blurry. Especially on those door jams or other things that are fixed and straight. Why aren’t those in 3D?”

“Are you supposed to see the glasses flashing? When I move my eyes, I can see them blinking.”

“I still can’t see 3D. Oh, I need to turn the glasses on? How do I do that?”

“I think the on-the-fly 3D [converting 2D to 3D automatically ] looked better than this movie.”

“What happens when my kids lose or sit on these glasses and they break?”

Overall, I was pleased by the mostly positive (albeit brief) reaction to the product, as it reflects the patience that early adopters might give the medium until the best-in-class solutions are released and content is readily available. My experience this past week does illustrate the state of the industry and how easy it will be for consumers to get confused and have a horrible 3D experience.

As always, I advise you talk to your Runco dealer about the roadmap for 3D in your home. I’d advise you to not rush into an incomplete solution, but look forward with us to the Runco approach. Just like we did with CineWide and with light-emitting diode (LED) technology, we’ll be remarkable and uniquely innovative, and you want to be a part of the revolution against bad 3D.

Note: Although I will never tell you where I was when I witnessed this circus show, I can tell you it was NOT at a Runco dealer or showroom. Our dealers know better.

~Jennifer B. Davis is all about technology innovation and is a customer advocate, business executive, mom, and loves her job as Runco’s VP of marketing.

Showroom Triple-Play

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Posted By Jennifer B. Davis

New showroom opening, clients and partners, combined with an impressive showing from the consumer electronics press to create a fantastic event at the Runco Dealer, S.E.A.L. Solutions showroom in Long Island, New York on April 8th. Not only did they roll out a new showroom for their clients and partners, but Chris Wylie also was able to preview a new collection of theater designs and accessories from the legendary, charming, and inspirational, Theo Kalomirakis from TKTheaters. The theater installed in the showroom was made complete with a Runco QuantumColor Q-750 complete with a CineWide and Autoscope set-up for the viewing of video content in a wide variety of formats.

It was my pleasure to introduce Theo and help introduce the packed house to the possibilities in their homes. I was reminded of Chris’ fine work on Liam Neeson and the late Natasha Richardson’s media room, where Chris’ design transforms their space from a family room, to entertaining space, to theater with ease. It was heartwarming to hear stories of how the talented and lovely Natasha made the installation team peanut butter and jelly sandwiches since she was afraid they were working too hard and might be hungry. Runco and everyone who knew her still mourn her tragic, accidental death.

My favorite question of the night was from one of the videographers on hand who took me aside to ask my advice. “Do you have products just for dedicated theaters, like the one here, or are there other options? What do I do if I don’t have the space or budget for a theater?” To which I responded, “In that case, you do the same thing that you would do if you wanted and could afford a dedicated theater…you call an authorized Runco dealer, like Chris, who can advise and design a system that meets your needs, your standards, and your budget.” Whether your room has lots of natural light and high ceilings or if it is a window-less basement with fixed concrete walls, every space can present design and technical constraints and our dealers are ready and capable of designing solutions.

Related news coverage from the event:

~Jennifer B. Davis is all about technology innovation and is a customer advocate, business executive, mom, and loves her job as Runco’s VP of marketing.

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