However, before I close out this year's report, I just wanted to share the most expensive product I saw at the show, the $200,000 Runco D-113d 3D DLP Video Projector, which is pictured above.
In Runco style, this is certainly no ordinary video projector. First off, it is a dual 3-chip, dual light-engine, dual-lens DLP projector. For 3D, one light engine provides the left eye information and the provides the right eye information. The D-113d can pour out over 11,000 lumens of light (via 4 mercury lamps), which is easily enough for a 420-inch screen. However, even though Sony and JVC really pushed 4K this year, the Runco D-113d still has a native 1080p resolution.
For 3D, the D-113d utilizes the Panavision 3D system, which requires the use of proprietary passive-style glasses, but can used in combination with any screen design or fabric, while still allowing full 1080p 3D resolution. Each light engine of the D-113d uses spectral comb filters to project a slightly different color spectrum on the screen for each eye. The special Panavision glasses, which have lenses that match each color spectrum, receive the two screen-reflected images containing the two color spectrums. By combining the two color spectrums received by the left and right eyes through the glasses, a full 3D image can be processed by the brain. The result is no crosstalk (ghosting) or other 3D artifacts, with proper brightness and contrast retained.
Having the opportunity to view a demonstration of the Runco D-113d, it is impressive. The light output can be intense at times, and the 3D is excellent, but the way the glasses are constructed to block out light from entering from the sides, above, or the rear, they are a little physically uncomfortable.
Also, when you consider that lamp life is rated at only 2,000 hours and the projector uses four lamps, that is a large recurring cost over time. In addition, for those that Eco-concious, this is probably not the projector for you, as it can draw as much as 2,000 or more watts of power when in full operation.
Obviously, the Runco D-113d is way out of reach for all but the wealthiest among us, but it is real, and it is available. After all, expensive cutting-edge technology today eventually filters down the line to affordability as the years move forward.
This wraps up my perspective on the CEDIA EXPO. Stay tuned for additional reports on products displayed at the show as they reach dealer shelves and that I will be getting in for review in the coming weeks and months.
Also, if you missed my CEDIA 2011 pre-show product reports, check out: