Runco LightStyle LS-1 Review - Features and Performance Review


Among the features contained within these menus should you care to hunt them down are two user-definable and one ISF Day/ISF Night configuration picture preset memory slots; a selection of colour temperature presets (of which you’ll probably want to stick with 6500K); manual adjustment of the DLP refresh rate to 48, 50, or 60Hz (or there’s an auto setting); an optional adaptive contrast system (which works as a sort of dynamic contrast system to give images greater dynamism at the expense of some colour accuracy); a selection of colour gamut standards; multiple gamma settings; RGB adjustments; and Runco’s ConstantContrast system (which is actually a proprietary dynamic iris engine).

The projector also carries a ViVix processing system (like models higher up the LS range), Runco’s renowned SuperOnyx contrast-boosting technology, and a 230W lamp which Runco recommends as being able to comfortably drive 63in-85in screens.
Runco LS-1
Firing the LS-1 up produces an instant – if slight – concern, in the form of quite noticeable running noise. No dB figures for this are included on the LS-1’s spec sheet, but it’s certainly noticeable during quiet scenes if the projector is anywhere near your seating position. What’s more, there doesn’t appear to be any way of reducing the running noise by, say, ramping down the lamp output.

The good news is that the LS-1’s noise is very consistent, which makes it easier to ‘tune out’ than projectors with whiny colour wheels, creaky iris adjustments or ever-shifting fan

Helping you get over the LS-1‘s fan noise however, is the truly exceptional quality of its pictures. There are so many good points about them, in fact, that it’s hard to know where to start.

The projector’s contrast range is really exemplary, for instance, combining punchy whites and colours with deep, rich dark areas as if such a dynamic range is the easiest
thing in the world to produce.

runco LightStyle LS-1

Next, colours are simply superb, with sumptuously rich but also terrifically nuanced and utterly natural tones on show across every part of the colour spectrum. There’s a lovely balance to colours too, with no shade looking dominant over others. The projector’s colour range appears outstandingly wide too, adding up to a colour performance that wouldn’t look out of place on a projector costing thousands of pounds more.

The LS-1’s pictures are also exceptionally sharp and detailed, with the absence of dot noise and stressy edges proving that this sharpness isn’t forced; it’s just a natural result of the projector’s quality DLP system and optics.

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