Runco Lightstyle LS-10d Projector Review
Runco LS10 Menus
This section is pretty much a straight duplication of the LS7 menus.
The important point to realize though, is that Runco doesn’t expect you to need these menus. Only the ones accessable with the “d’s” provided installer remote.
The LS10d projector has a second set of menus for the DHD Processor. The menus with green are standard LS10 menus, accessible with either the LS10i’s remote control, or from the Control Panel of the LS10d. The menus of the Installer remote control, that comes with the LS10d, are below.
Runco has done a really nice job with their menu system. Text size is reasonable, not large, but easy to read at normal seating distances. All the image controls are laid out on the first two menus, Main, and Advanced. Main has your standard items; Aspect Ratio, Saved Memory selection, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, etc.
You can control the menu position (the menu box is pretty large) as well as the opacity.
Overscan is also located on this menu too, and gives a choice of zoom, (to fill the screen) or cropping (to maintain 1:1 pixel mapping).
The Runco LS-10 projector picture in picture menu.You can also change sources from this menu. Remember, it is the “Main” menu, even though it’s got lots of image controls.
One more item on that menu is the PIP control for Picture in Picture, in this menu, you can see the PIP sub-menu open inside the Main menu.
The Runco LS-10 projector RGB adjustment menu.The Advanced menu has most of the fun controls and “toys”.
You’ll find Gamma controls here, and choice of Color Temperature settings.
Frame rate control allows you to output 24fps content at 24 or 48. This is not Creative, where you create a unique frame in between, to smooth motion. It’s a good thing, nonetheless.
The RGB controls are located in the Advance menu as well.
Shown here are The Runco LS-10 projector color offset menu.the RGB Gain and Offset controls:
Shown here is the system menu:
The Runco LS-10 projector system menu.
The Runco LS-10 projector control menu.The Control menu starts off with Lens Control which is simple and works well. Once entering the Lens Control menu, there are separate menu items for focus, zoom, and lens shift.
The DHD Processor’s menus are simpler affairs as seen here: (shortly).
Runco LS10 Remote Control
The Runco remote controls – yes there are two, but the LS10d, comes with one type, which we’ve been referring to, as the Installer’s remote control. The LS10i, comes with a different remote, one the same as the LS7 comes with.
That remote is featured on the page dedicated to the LS10i differences.
The DHD’s remote is primarily about source selection, aspect ratios, and choosing between ISF Day, ISF Night, and two custom calibration settings buttons. It also powers up both the DHD and the LS10.
As someone who like to play with my equipment, constantly adjusting this or that, I miss the other remote control. Mike says, with the passcode, you can get to all of the “green” menu settings though.
LS10 Lens Throw
The LightStyle LS10 projector offers six different lenses, so there should easily be one with the throw ratio you need for best placement in your theater. The lens that our review unit arrived with has a throw ratio of 1.74 – 2.17. For those not familiar. To get the distance, use the formula of Throw Distance = throw ratio x screen width. For a 100″ diagonal 16:9 screen, therefore, you can place the projector as close as 13.4 feet, or as far back as 17.4 feet.
All considered, the six available lenses include a wide angle fixed lens, and 5 zooms. We worked with the standard lens – the Proteus 3. Its throw is 1.74 to 2.17, with is somewhat limited, but typical for a limited range zoom. Other zoom lenses get the ratio all the way out to 6.76 (distance compared to screen width). For a 100″ wide 16:9 screen, the Proteus 6 with its max 6.76 throw, would be able to sit as far back as over 50 feet, or with the Proteus 2, as close as 1.45. The wide-angle fixed lens option is primarily for rear projection, with a fixed .77 throw ratio.
Runco LS-10 Lens Throw, for the six offered lenses.
Proteus 1: Fixed 0.77:1 (for rear-screen applications)
Factor x Screen Width: Proteus 2: Zoom 1.45 – 1.74:1
Proteus 3: Zoom 1.74 – 2.17:1 (with CineWide 1.30 – 1.63:1)
Proteus 4: Zoom 2.17 – 2.90:1 (with CineWide 1.63 – 2.17:1)
Proteus 5: Zoom 2.90 – 4.34:1 (with CineWide 2.17 – 3.26:1)
Proteus 6: Zoom 4.34 – 6.76:1 (with CineWide 3.26 – 5.07:1)
What is fascinating, (but not confirmed) is that I was told in my “Q&A” call to Runco, that all the lenses are equally bright, so that the lumen measurements aren’t going to vary by any noticeable amount. That’s a stunning achievement for 6 different lenses. Note that the standard lens is the one with the least zoom range, so theoretically we’d expect brighter. Most likely that simply means that it’s the least expensive design, as the others could provide more range, with the same basic loss of brightness. Mind you, I’m not complaining… The picture is nice and sharp, but I wouldn’t be suprised if a couple of these other lenses are visibly sharper still.
LS10 Lens Shift
There’s a healthy amount of lens shift. With a 100″ 16:9 screen (1.78:1 aspect ratio), there’s plenty of vertical shift, allowing you to place the projector as high as about 8 inches above the top of the screen surface, or as low as about 8 inches below the bottom, and anywhere in between. There’s a fair amount of horizontal lens shift as well, but remember, that the more you use of one, the less you can use the other. That number, I believe will change dramatically as you go to longer throw lenses.
Runco LS-10 Anamorphic Lens Options
Runco offers you the projector with 4 anamorphic lens choices – basically a Cine-Wide lens designed to work in conjunction with 4 of Runco’s six lenses for the LS-10 projector. Our review unit came with the standard lens. The Cine-wide setup is nicer than the traditional way of lower priced projectors, which requires an external lens and motorized lens sled in most cases.The LS10, with your choice of Cine-wide compatible lens sees a $3000 extra charge for the Cine-Wide.
The Cine-wide anamorphic option, will of course, let you stretch the width of the image. That will change the throw formulas listed for the standard lens, when combined with the Cine-wide lens.
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