Installation of a 103-inch plasma is no small feat, even when
compared to installing a 65-inch HDTV. Beyond the need for a top AV
installer (the only way to buy Runco is through an authorized dealer),
you will also need to consider the structural integrity of the wall
where you might hang this beast. It's not uncommon to need to reinforce
the wall before installation. Additionally, power requirements call for
your electrician to put in a dedicated 240-volt service for this giant
Reports from the recent CES trade
show say the Runco set solves many of the issues that people complain
about on the $70,000 Panasonic set, although it is very likely the
"glass" comes from the same source (however, this isn't confirmed).
Runco's video processing deals with a lot of the problems like
"stair-stepping," which causes visible distortion, most noticeably on
the set's perimeter. The Runco set is far better than other 100-inch
HDTVs at providing a beaming, bright, smooth HDTV picture and, for this
kind of money, you should expect no less.
The set is gigantic and, compared to
a projector and screen, represents a poor value, as you can have a
better looking HDTV for far less than half the money, beamed onto a
screen that is twice the size of a 103-inch plasma. With that said, not
every room can accommodate a projector and for those who want their
video big, there is no other way to go, especially if you want it to
This is America and bigger is always
better. Runco understands this and crosses all the Is and dots all the
Ts in getting to what is the absolute best-looking, large HDTV in the
world. If you have the room and the money, this is the HDTV to use for
making a statement. To be clear, you will be making a big statement.
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