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Runco 3Dimension D-73d 3D Projection System Preview  Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Palmer   
Monday, 18 October 2010

Luxury display manufacturer Runco wants to bring the 3D revolution to your home cinema.  Shipping with the Runco's 3Dimension Processor and HDH4 Controller, the D-73d Projector is a passive glasses 3D system with a 16x9 screen width recommendation between 72 and 100 inches (in 2D, recommended jumps up to 132 inches with a maximum of 200).  It offers viewers a full 1080p native resolution and is ISF Certified for calibration.

Utilizing their proprietary Constant Stereoscopic Video (CSV) architecture, the D-73d projects left eye and right eye images simultaneously leaving the polarized lenses to filter the proper material for each eye.  Runco feels passive glasses are less problematic than active shutter glasses, which need batteries and can suffer from image studder and/or frame rate sync issues.  The Runco 3Dimension Processor is also the first home theatre processer to feature the licensed technology behind the theatrical exhibition RealD brand.

The new Runco 3Dimensions Series D-73d projector is a Texas Instruments Digital Light ProcessingTM (DLP) dual imaging system based on Runco’s lampless LED technology.  It features InifiLight, a mercury-free illumination system which saves on power consumption and, via InstantOn technology, produces images quickly and eliminates the need for a standby mode.  LED-based projectors produce a large color gamut, and the D-73d achieves and exceeds the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) standards.

The D-73d also offers Runco’s Personal Color Equalizer (PCE), which enables owners to create exacting color settings from "the largest pallet ever available", though the contrast ratio is only 330:1 (with three dynamic settings of Inifity:1, 20000:1, and 10000;1). In High Bright 2D Mode, audiences can be dazzled with 58 fL, but in 3D, that spec plummets to 20 fL (plus whatever light is lost via the glasses).  Over the projector's life, users are guaranteed light output will only drop by 10%.

Constant Height Projection fans will have to purchase an optional lens to make use of Runco's award-winning CineWide Mode, which anamorphically stretches 2.35:1 material.  Projector offset stats seem decent, with a vertical offset of "up to 60%" and a horizontal offset "up to 25%" from screen center.  

On the processing side of the equation, the 3Dimension Processor and HDH4 Controller come with every possible format, input and connection available.  RS-232, IR remote, HDMI CEC, or Ethernet can control the units.  They speak fluent NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and CEA-861D, which means any signal in 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i 50/60, or 1080p 24/50/60 will be projected at full 1080p.  

Runco's D-73d should be available by the end of the year at your local, authorized Runco dealer with an MSRP of $49,995 and as expected, does not include a screen, or optional lenses.

Specifications

Inputs: (4) HDMI 1.4a with CEC and Deep Color; (1) Component/SCART (3 x RCA); (2) Component/RGBHV (5 x BNC); (3) Composite

Outputs: (2) HDMI 1.4a with Deep Color to displays; (1) HDMI with Deep Color to second display or audio processor

Display Control: (2) RJ11 for serial display control

Communication Control Ports: (1) USB (type B female) for firmware upgrade; (1) RS-232 (female DB9) for serial commands; (1) RS-232 (male DB9) for accessories; (1) 3.5mm wired IR input for Niles/Xantech-compatible IR systems; Discrete infrared remote; Front panel vacuum fluorescent display and keypad

Ethernet: (1) RJ45 (female) for web server, e-mail, auto firmware upgrade and Telnet

12V outputs: (3) 3.5mm programmable, 250mA max each

Power requirements:
100 – 240V AC (auto-sensing), 50/60 Hz, 35 watts (typical)

Limited Warranty: (2) Two years parts and labor from the date of shipment from Runco






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