Projectors

Runco LS-10i 3-Chip DLP Projector

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Introduction

I am often asked when recommending projectors why some models cost upwards of $20,000. The simple answer is – light output. You can get a state-of-the-art projector for $8000 and have a superb image, as well as excellent build quality. But you won’t be able to fill a 180-inch screen from 25 feet away and achieve 20 foot-Lamberts. For this you need a high output model, preferably a 3-chip DLP like Runco’s new LS-10i. But, you will need that $20,000.

This is the projector to get if you have a large screen, a large room with multi-row seating or if you want to watch with the lights on. You heard that right – the LS-10i has enough brightness that when used with the right screen, you can get a perfectly watchable image even with the lights on.

Specifications

  • Panel type: Three-chip SuperOnyx DMD (DLP)
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 at 48 Hz, 50 Hz, or 60 Hz
  • Lens Throw Ratio: 1.74-2.17
  • Lens Shift: Vertical ± 65%, Horizontal ± 30%
  • Light Output: 2,100 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1 (Dynamic)
  • Iris Control: Off, Auto
  • Screen Width: 72" - 120” Recommended, 180” Max
  • Inputs: HDMI 1.3 (2), Component (2), S-Video (1), Composite (1), 15-pin VGA (1)
  • Control: RS-232, 12v Trigger (2), IR Input
  • Lamp Power: 230 Watts (Economy), 260 Watts (Standard)
  • Rated Lamp Life: 3,000 Hours (Economy), 2,000 Hours (Standard)
  • Dimensions: 8.9" x 20.4" W x 25.3" D
  • Weight: 41 Pounds
  • Warranty: 2 Years, 6 Months/1000 Hours on Lamp
  • MSRP: $19,995 USA
  • Runco

Every Runco projector I’ve reviewed has impressed me with top-shelf build quality and unparalleled image accuracy. If ever there was a display that could be simply installed and watched with little or no attention to calibration, it’s a Runco. Of course that makes it all the more fun to see just how close to perfection I can get when I do calibrate! I was excited to have the opportunity to put the LS-10i through its paces. This was my first chance to see what a 3-chip model can really do. As you’ll see as you read on, my experience brought some pleasant surprises.