Runco Lightstyle LS-10d Projector Review

This Runco LS10 is rather big and bad, compared to most projectors we receive for review.

Runco LS10 Physical Appearance

The Runco LS10 projector is slightly oval in appearance, finished in a flat, non-reflective black, and is particularly tall, at around 8 inches. The LS10 does slope downward toward the back. It’s got a sculpted look, and it looks pretty nice, though not the flashy flying saucer look that InFocus offered. Basically the largish LS10 is expected to blend into the dark ceiling in your theater.

The fully motorized lens (zoom, focus, and both vertical and horizontal lens shift), is recessed. Six different lens are offered, discussed below.

Runco also offers the Cine-Wide lens attachment for all but the two shortest thow lenses, including the standard one. Inside the projector the Cine-wide lens may have its own sled for true anamorphic operation, but there is also, I believe the option to have the Cine-wide lens without the internal sled. That would mean using a 2nd “stretch” anamorphic lens mode to correct, when you want to watch 16:9, or 4:3 on a Cinemascope shaped screen.

Like the other LifeStyle projectors from Runco, the infra-red sensors are found on the front, and on the top (which will be the bottom – where you want it – when ceiling mounted). Venting is on the side. Hot air exits mostly to the left (when looking from the back), with the Runco projector on a table.

To replace the lamp, the lamp door is located next to the input panel on the rear. There is a nice big cable cover, which is a bit of overkill on the LS10d, since basically only power and a connection to the DHD4 processor (and a screen trigger) are operational on the back of the projector. The rest of the inputs found there are replaced by the far larger choices on the DHD4 processor

Control Panel

The LS10′s control panel is located on the top. It is a small, roundish, and basic affair, located about 8 inches behind the front of the projector. The projector’s power switch is a couple of inches closer to the front. The lighting goes off when the projector is “working”. The D version of the LS10 requires passcodes to let you access a lot of the controls that were remote accessed on the LS7 and the LS10i, and can be accessed from the control panel. The thought being, that The LS10d comes with an installer’s remote, focused on what they need, and also with the idea that the LS10d customer wants a simple remote, and isn’t tweaking the projector. The D, the LS-10d, is for folks that want simplicity, let the installers and calibrators do all the hard stuff. Things like focusing the lens with the D, will require the control panel (or passcodes), but not the LS7 or LS10i.

At the top is the Source button, and opposite it at the bottom, is the Menu button. Inside of them, are the four arrow buttons and a centered Enter key. Pretty standard stuff, and no extras.

That Power switch doubles as your full status system. Solid green indicates ready to power up (that’s an unusual use of green, but, ok…) Blinking green is powering up, and when projecting (on), the light goes out. It also can blink red for overheating, red/green flashing for lamp issues. The DHD4 processor control panel.Finally there’s solid red, which translates to: Call the doctor, theLS10 is demanding service.

The DHD4 Processor has its own large control panel, shown here, with Source selection, menu, navigation keys and power. There’s a nice large and blue LED text display showing source and more.

Input/Output

Runco’s LS10 projector is well equipped when we’re talking the LS10i. Note, though, it is not exactly overloaded with connections.

Remember though, we have here the LS10d, which is basically an LS10i with the DHD Processor, and it is truly loaded with more connections. Let’s start with what’s on the standard LS10i: I’ll touch on both projectors. Just remember, only one HDMI input, a 12 volt trigger, and the power input work on the back of the projector if you are using the DHD4. Everything else hooks to the DHD processor.

The LS-10i: There are the standard 2 HDMI inputs (one designated for input from the DHD processor), and an HD15 connector for your standard computer analog input. There’s one set of component video inputs using three color coded RCA connectors, and a second one, with three BNC connectors instead. Of course there’s a Composite video and an S-video port.

Shown, back of the LS10d (though most connectors not functional)

There’s an RS-232 serial port for command and control using your favorite room control system, and a pair of well configured 12 volt “screen” triggers. In the menus they can be configured for screen up/down, or masking functions

OK, now let’s look with having the outboard DHD Processor offers instead. First, note that the “usable” HDMI port on the projector part of the LS10d, is only for the HDMI signal from the DHD, not from your favorite Blu-ray player.

Shown, back of the DHD4 processor:

The DHD4 has 4 HDMI inputs! Plus an HDMI output to the Projector. There are two full sets of component and RGB (5) BNC connectors each, 3 composite videos and another component video but with 3 RCA jacks. Would you believe there are additional screen triggers and a host of control connections – including a USB, a couple RS232s for different purposes, and Ethernet.

I’m sure it’s missing something (just not sure what)?

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