As with many plasma displays I have viewed, analog broadcast does not look very good. This is a matter of junk in, junk out, rather than a shortcoming of the display itself. The units that I have seen that do a good job at analog all tend to be a little soft with high-resolution sources. The Runco is very transparent and any discrepancies that are source related are obvious.
The room in which I installed the Runco was a worst-case scenario environment, as the opposite wall is three large windows--lots of ambient light. Still, the Runco PL-50HDX was much brighter and more refined than my previous CRT-based big screen. The glass on the Runco PL-50HDX is absolutely top-notch and this plays a critical role in light diffraction and the overall cinema experience.
I had never previously witnessed the fine details during DVD playback from my Integra Research DVD player. The Runco PL-50HDX created a new visual experience for me--one that I will certainly miss when it is returned.
Colors were not only more vivid, but black levels and contrast were well pronounced. (This has been the shortcoming with plasmas that I've viewed prior to my experience with the Runco.) Right out of the box flesh tones were lifelike and minute details were incredible.
Just for fun I connected my Xbox up to the PL-50HDX and popped in one of my favourite games--Amped--a snowboarding game. I literally became nauseous from the realistic picture (and this game isn't even high-def) as I became immersed into it. Yeah, Xbox play took some getting used to.
I found the introduction of the Runco PL-50HDX into my household an overwhelming experience. I was disappointed that I could not get my satellite hooked up for HD programming by the time of this review, but the DVD experience was both new and exciting for me, offering a cinema quality and detail I have never before had in my own home. Products like the Runco PL-50HDX not only revitalize jaded editors like myself but get consumers hooked on the DVD experience by bringing the cinema experience home.
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Screen Size: 50 inches
Native Resolution: 1280 x 768
Contrast Ration: 1000:1
Inputs: 1 RGB Component, 1 Component,
1 Composite, 1 S-Video
Dimensions: 49.13" W x 4.30" D x 30.10" H
Weight: 97 lbs.
Runco ViViX Processor/Controller
Inputs: 1 Component, 1 Composite,
1 S-Video, 1 pass through.
Input Standards: All NTSC formats; PAL all scan rates (accept 480p, 540p and 854x480)
Dimensions: 17.45" W x 16" D x 3.5" H