Runco Goes Real Big at CEDIA
Planar VP Scott Hix, Runco VP Bob Hana and Sam Runco himself all stood together at the company’s CEDIA press conference to emphasize that Runco hasn’t changed, only gotten better, as a result of the acquisition by Planar. The company’s CEDIA introductions clearly back that up. “We have resources to grow to twice what we were,” said Hana, speaking of increased operational support, service, engineering and infrastructure. Some of the key products, however, have also gotten a lot bigger. Overall the company is offering a number of new 1080p flat panels in both LCD and plasma formats in 50, 52, 57 and 65 inch sizes. But, the biggest flat panel of them all is the new 103-inch model XP103HD plasma.
That unit, owing to the fact that at 103-inches it draws more power than a typical plasma, requires a 220-volt connection. It comes with a Runco outboard DHD controller/scaler and will sell for just under $100,000.
Also, making a big footprint is the new 103-inch Cinewall rear projection system. The system creates the look of a flat panel TV in a built-in solution with a relatively shallow depth. The very bright picture makes it suitable for situations with a little more ambient light. Pricing on that product was not available.