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Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 24, 2009  |  9 comments

In these days of outsourced manufacturing, it's refreshing to find a company that builds its own products right here in the USA. Of course, it helps if those products are high-end, high-cost items with no expectation of high-volume sales. Take, for example, <A href="http://rockporttechnologies.com">Rockport Technologies</A> in Rockport, Maine, whose speakers are hand-built for an exclusive clientele rather than the mass market in a facility that looks more like a house than a factory.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 28, 2011  |  3 comments
Normally in this blog, I profile extreme products based solely on information provided by the manufacturer, not on personal experience. However, the D-73d projector from Runco is a different story—I got to spend an entire day with it at the company's training facility near Portland, Oregon, where Runco moved after being acquired by Planar. Helping me was Erik Guslawski, eastern regional product specialist, and Bob Williams, chief product architect and recent guest on my Home Theater Geeks podcast.

Because there's so much to write about, I'm going to split this report into several parts. First, I'll cover the features of the D-73d, then I'll focus on my experiences with the projector at Runco, including measurements and watching real-world content.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 29, 2011  |  5 comments
In Part 1 of this report on my visit to Runco to see the D-73d 3D projector up close and personal, I described its LED illumination and use of linear polarization to isolate the left and right images. Now, I'd like to discuss the alignment of its dual projection engines, its color features, and its outboard video processing.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 31, 2011  |  1 comments
In Part 1 and Part 2 of my report on the Runco D-73d 3D DLP projector, I covered its features in some detail. Now, it's time to reveal what we measured while working with it at Runco's training facility near Portland, Oregon. Helping me was Erik Guslawski, eastern regional product specialist, and Bob Williams, chief product architect and recent guest on my Home Theater Geeks podcast.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 05, 2011  |  1 comments
So far in this report on my experience with the Runco D-73d 3D projector, I've covered its features in Part 1 and Part 2 and my calibration and measurements in Part 3. Now, it's finally time to watch some movies.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Aug 02, 2010  |  6 comments

Anyone who knows high-end video knows Runco, which is now the high-end home-cinema division of Oregon-based Planar. Among Runco's many well-regarded projectors, the premier line is undoubtedly the Signature Cinema series, which now includes two brand new models.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 12, 2010  |  10 comments

So-called "tiled" video displays&#151;huge screens made up of multiple smaller screens&#151;have been employed commercially for some time, but up to now, they've been relatively impractical for home use. <A href="http://www.runco.com">Runco</A> hopes to change that with its new WindowWall, which is designed for decidedly upscale homes.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 29, 2010  |  7 comments

I've written about line-array speakers in this blog several times, and for good reason&#151;tall stacks of drivers deliver smooth horizontal dispersion and sound levels that fall off more gradually than point-source speakers, creating a coherent, open soundstage. That's the idea behind the so-called iso-linear speakers from American maker <A href="http://www.scaena.com">Scaena</A>, whose name is Latin for "stage."

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 28, 2010  |  3 comments

Known primarily for high-end, high-quality electronics, <A href="http://www.passlabs.com">Pass Laboratories</A> has conceived its third speaker model. First came the 4-way Rushmore in 2003, which was followed by the 4-way SR-1 in 2008, so named because it was the first "son of Rushmore." At CES, the company introduced the SR-2, promising superb sonics in a smaller package.

uavKim Wilson  |  Jun 08, 2009  |  5 comments

I'm always casting about for interesting high-end products to feature in this blog, so I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually find the
FH001 speaker from a British company called <A href="http://www.fergusonhill.co.uk/">Ferguson Hill</A>. As soon as I saw a photo of this intriguing design, I knew I had to profile it here.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 28, 2011  |  0 comments
When I came across the Organic Harmony speaker from Shape Audio, I was astounded, not only by the gorgeous design, but also by the staggering price—which, of course, I'll reveal at the end of this blog.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 19, 2011  |  4 comments
When Sharp introduced the LC-70LE732U at CES in January, everyone was suitably impressed with its large screen—at 70 inches diagonally, it's the largest LCD TV intended for the consumer marketplace, providing 62 percent more viewing area than a 55-inch screen. Last week, the company announced it is now shipping this monster to major electronics retailers nationwide.
Scott Wilkinson  |  May 10, 2011  |  1 comments
One of the coolest demos at CES this year was in the Sharp booth, where the company had set up a "video cube" with 64 thin-bezel, 60-inch LCD panels tiled together, forming five faces of a cube. One side was left open for showgoers to stand at a railing and stare in amazement at the shifting images in front, to the sides, and above and below them. Now, the company has installed a larger version of this system at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo City, near Nagasaki, Japan.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 14, 2011  |  0 comments
And now for something completely different—a speaker made of concrete! Designed by Shmuel Linski as his final project to graduate from Shenkar College in Israel, the so-called Exposed speaker is nothing if not unique.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 26, 2010  |  6 comments

The Moon brand from Canadian high-end stalwart <A href="http://www.simaudio.com">Simaudio</A> is well known among audiophiles, but I didn't realize that its premium Moon Evolution line also includes some multichannel home-theater products. Submitted for your consideration are the CP-8 preamp/processor, HDS-8 HDMI switcher, and MC-8 modular multichannel power amp.

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