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Runco projector for a big house and big wallet

Dale Davies |
The projector Runco MBX-1 takes digital projection to a very, very high level of refinement and performance. The price is following.

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This Runco's flagship product represents a technological watershed, incorporating engineering advances "significantly beyond the "state-of-the-art", as the people at Runco like to say.

The MBX-1 utilizes a unique and revolutionary video processing technology capable of actually duplicating the characteristics of film for the first time in a fixed-pixel digital projector. This is accomplished through specialized circuits that implement a 3-step process—pre-processing, decoding and optimizing film-originated signals; enhancing the dynamic range for maximum black level, contrast and detail reproduction without increasing noise levels; and post-processing that eliminates undesirable RGB characteristics associated with digital projection. Since film is not an RGB medium, this process is key to producing a film-like image.

With lens choice and anamorphic options, the MBX-1 can be tailored for use in virtually any home or electronic cinema environment and its tremendous light output is suitable for screens as large as 500" wide. The companion MBX-1 Controller outputs signals that are matched pixel-for-pixel with the native projector resolution, eliminating any video artefacts while faithfully processing input signal.

MBX-1 has variable light output up to 5000 ANSI Lumens and 3-Chip DLP system with new, Dark Metal Process Technology. The resolution is 1280 x 1024 with support for image sizes up to 500" wide, motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift and multiple lens and anamorphic attachment options.

To make this review simple and in plain English: If you have 41 feet of wall space and 249,995 dollars saved for home theatre system, go for it. If you don't, well, buy a larger house.


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