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Runco International Turns Up the Heat at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

UNION CITY, CALIFORNIA — April 13, 2005 — While visitors to the 2005 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show probably expect a showcase of cutting-edge designs for kitchens and baths, they may be surprised to see the latest in high-definition video technology. Runco International, the world-leading developer of high-end home theater displays, is demonstrating four of its products in the iShow Demonstration Home. NextGen is the Official Design Idea Home for the 2005 Kitchen & Bath Show, where attendees will see the latest trends in whole house design, with special focus in the kitchen and bath areas. The NextGen Home, which will be located outside the main entrance to the Las Vegas Convention Center, will feature Runco’s Video Xtreme VX-2c Projection System, and from the CinemaWall Series of flat-panel plasmas, the CW-50MC, and two CW-42HD models. The home will be open from May 10–12.

“New technology is a major factor driving changes in our lives at home, and kitchens and bath spaces are places where technology can play a significant role,” said Bob Hana, president of Runco International. “Runco’s flat-panel plasmas are especially suited for these kinds of areas, since their sleek design allows installation in places that are off-limits to conventional televisions. The NextGen Home lets attendees see how well our products integrate not only in a dedicated theater setting, but also in family rooms and living rooms.”

Runco International’s VX-2c breaks new ground among DLP projectors by offering a 3-chip configuration with 16:9 (1280 x 720) native resolution for home theater applications. As the first consumer projector manufacturer licensed by Texas Instruments for DLP, Runco and its engineers built the projector’s optical light engine around 3 of TI’s HD-2 Digital Micromirror Devices, eliminating the need for a color wheel–reducing mechanical complexity–and achieving superior clarity, color saturation, and contrast. The system won the Custom Retailer 2004 Excite Award.

The CW-42HD is a state-of-the-art HDTV ready, flat-panel plasma display monitor that offers a resolution of 1024 x 768 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is one of a few high-definition plasma displays capable of high-altitude performance, operating at up to 9,000 feet. This new model also features an anti-glare filter for diffusing direct light sources, making images easier to view under adverse lighting conditions.

The CW-50MC monitor integrates Runco’s exclusive ViViX processing onto a modular card for the first time. This controller card contains all of the video processing circuitry necessary for superb image reproduction. The CW-50MC has a native resolution of 1280 x 768 to accommodate all HDTV sources, and maintains a viewing angle up to 160 degrees. The flat chassis measures 4-1/2 inches deep, making it an attractive addition to any fashionable living room, family room, or great room.

About Runco International, Inc.

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Founded in 1987 and currently headquartered in Union City, California, Runco International, Inc is a market leader in state-of-the-art projection systems, flat-panel plasma monitors, video processors and other components for the consumer market. Runco’s innovations have won numerous awards and citations from the world press. Runco was the first company to introduce and market a line doubler with a multi-frequency projector in 1990 and also introduced the first multiple-aspect-ratio controller, the ARC-IV, to the Home Theater market. Recently, both of these features have become essential for the new digital high definition capable televisions. For more information on Runco International, Inc. visit the web at www.runco.com.
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