Originally Posted by Sony324
RUNCO will ANNIHILATE the Panasonic when they release their version of 3D flat panel technologies. I am waiting for CEDIA to see whats coming. Obviously they will be a lot more money, but they will correct any problems the Panasonic has, will have SUPERIOR build quality, video processing... you name it! We'll have to wait and see!
Well, considering Runco panels have never been particularly better than other panels in the past, this will be quite an accomplishment... especially if they stick with LCD.
Keep in mind that Panasonic manufactures plasma and LCD panels and Runco has to buy their panels from a manufacturing company (like Panasonic or Funai or somebody else). The "build quality" statement is also suspect. There hasn't been anything in the past in Runco panels that suggests superior built quality. That said... they have had good panels in the past, sometimes with more adjustment capability than other brands and sometimes with better "out-of-box" results than the large Asian brands. But calibrate the best Asian models and calibrate a Runco and you end up with images that are relatively comparable.
As a non-manufacturer, there's only so much you can do, even at elevated price points.
Runco is subject to the same technology limitations as every other brand in every display technology. LCD panels have motion blur and viewing angle issues. Edge-lit LED LCD panels have uniformity issues (flashlighting). And LCD panels are problematic for 3D because of the motion blur limitations. Plasmas have IR and potential for screen burn if abused. Customization of a display for a company like Runco is generally limited to cosmetics (different bezels and maybe different bases) and to what can be done in the software kit provided by the manufacturer (custom menus and settings, etc.).
Runco does make some kick-ass projectors... their Q750i DLP/LED projector is fantastic, for example, especially after calibration. The panel displays, historically, have been good but not necessarily better than Asian brands. With Pioneer gone, it would be interesting to see somebody step in and re-take "the best you can get" -- from what we've seen so far, the VT25 displays are currently "the best you can get" right now, though they are not perfect in every way.
And don't forget that Runco is no longer a privately owned company. It's now one of the brands under a larger corporate umbrella with new management. So far, the heritage of the company is being upheld in the projector line. It remains to be seen if the panel line is "moved" in any particular direction by the new owners.
These comments apply to current and previous years' models - you never know what might come along.