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Runco Launches its Most Powerful Video Processor

Video Display Innovator Unveils the Advanced DHD Digital Video Controller with its Latest Lineup of High-Definition Projector Packages

UNION CITY, CALIFORNIA — July 1, 2004 — Runco International, the world leader in high-end home theater video display technology, released its all-new, Next Generation
ViVix II DHD Series Digital Video Controller as part of four different projection systems. Packaged with the Reflection VX-1000ci, VX-4000ci, VX-5000ci, and Video Xtreme VX-2c model projectors and utilizing Runco’s exclusive ViVix II digital processing, the DHD Digital Controller enhances all standard and HDTV source material for maximum clarity and precision. Offering broad analog and digital connectivity plus field-upgradeable software, the DHD Digital Controller ensures compatibility with all the latest signal sources.

“Runco’s DHD Digital Controller is the ideal partner for our Reflection Series projectors, as well as the VX-2c–the latest addition to our Video Xtreme family,” said Bob Hana, president of Runco. “By combining our most advanced signal processing technology with the exceptional image reproduction capabilities of our projectors, we’re giving the custom installation community the means to guarantee world-class movie realism using any source in any home theater environment.”

Runco has incorporated its latest ViVix digital video processing technology—-ViVix II—-into the DHD Digital Controller’s design. This technology enhances digital and analog signals while outputting a pure digital signal in addition to analog. It optimizes signal reproduction for Anamorphic, Letterbox, and 4:3 aspect ratios, and its VirtualWide feature converts 4:3 images for maximum performance on 16:9 screens without losing any image integrity. The DHD Digital Controller also features Orthogonal Line Correction to adjust for unwanted time-elapsed field artifacts as well as 3:2 and 2:2 pull-down for maximum quality playback from film-originated programming.

The DHD Digital Controller exemplifies connectivity using eight discretely switching inputs to accept both digital and analog sources and an RS-232 interface for control via home automation systems. Its software is field-upgradeable so installers can download updates from Runco on job sites, ensuring the processor’s performance matches the newest sources and displays. It also outputs three 12V DC trigger signals to activate third party components like motorized screen lifts and drapes.

The DHD Digital Controller’s slim design and comprehensive processing power brings new simplicity to the installation of each projector package in which it’s included. Its compact chassis measures just 3-3/4 inches high and weighs 13 pounds, and is easily rack-mountable using supplied mounting brackets. The unit also requires only a single cable to connect with each projector, reducing clutter and set-up time on each job.

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DHD Digital Video Controller Technical Specifications

Aspect Ratios: Anamorphic, Letterbox, 4:3 (on either 16:9 or 4:3 screens)
Input Standards: NTSC/PAL
Outputs: (1) HD – RGB, H, V; (1) DVI w/HDCP
Inputs: (1) Composite, (2) S-Video, (1) Component (480i or 576i),
(2) RGBHV/Component HD, (2) DVI Digital w/HDCP
Control Options: Discrete infrared remote, RS-232 x 2, front panel controls
Trigger/Masking Outputs: (3) 12V DC, 1/8A
Power Requirements: 100 — 240V AC (auto sensing) 50/60 Hz, 160W
Dimensions: 17-1/2″W x 11-3/16″D x 3-3/4″H
Weight: 13 lbs. (5.9 kg)
Included Accessories: Rack-mounting brackets
Regulatory Compliance: FCC, CE, C-Tick
Availability: Now Shipping with the VX-2c, VX-1000ci, VX-4000ci, VX-5000ci

About Runco

Founded in 1987 and currently headquartered in Union City, California, Runco International 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, visit www.runco.com.

Digital Images are available on request. Contact Marketing Matters at 954-925-1511 or veronica@marketingmatters.net.

Video Xtreme, Digital Reflection, Digital High Definition (DHD), ViVix II, and VirtualWide, are trademarks of Runco International.

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