posted on Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 by Steve May
A fistful of new Runco projectors are heading to the UK. Leading the way is a new line designed for high-end theatre installations, dubbed the XtremeProjection series, they'll be joined by two additions to the brand's Digital Cinema Signature range.
The XtremeProjection line comprises three models: the X-200i (pictured above), X-400d and X-450d. Able to deliver an image between 171 to 235 inches wide (that's the equivalent of a 270-inch diagonal TV image) in theatres with throw distances from 0.77:1 to 6.76:1, the new models use DLP-based SuperOnyx technology, alongside proprietary electronics, processing and optics.
The X-200i is a single-chip DLP design, rated at 1430 ANSI lumens. The step-up X-400d delivers 2100 ANSI lumens, while the X-450d reaches 3780 ANSI lumens. All three offer ISF calibration, with ISF Day and ISF Night presets. Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Runco, says the new models "demonstrate our commitment to the success of dealers and the delight of their clients, with exceptional video performance, beautiful 3D performance, and the features and options that make Runco a perfect fit for any theater design."
The X-400d and X-450d models come with the brand's new DC-300 Dimension Digital Controller, a 2U outboard processor that provides installers with a full suite of calibration tools and connectivity options. A single-wire feed is available from the processor to the projector, which Runco suggests make the line for retrofit projects. Retail prices start at £16,500 for the X-200i with a standard lens, £17,500 with a short throw lens and £18,000 for a long throw lens; the X-400d is available for £39,995 while the X-450d is £44,995.
The two new models in Runco's Signature Cinema series are the SC-30d and SC-35d, priced at £44,995 and £49,995 respectively. Boasting digital cinema grade glass in their optical systems, they promise high brightness (the SC-30d is rated at 3500 ANSI lumens) and best-in-class clarity. Both come with the DC-300 outboard controller, which provides "enhanced 3D performance" and video processing.
All five projectors ship with three pairs of active shutter 3D glasses apiece and are compatible with Runco's 2.35:1 aspect ratio CineWide and CineWide with AutoScope lens technology options, which remove letterboxed bars when projecting onto 'Scope screens. Integrators can also customise bodywork using the brand's ColourPalette design option, to better match the interior of any required location.
The projectors are available via Pulse
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