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Runco 3D Projector Racks Up Awards

Planar Systems announced that its Runco 3Dimension Series D-73d projector has received a number of industry awards, which include the 2010 CEDIA Manufacturers Excellence Award, 2010 CE Pro Best Award, 2010 CustomRetailer Exc!te Award, 2011 Electronic House Product of the Year, as well as The Pick of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2011.

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Planar’s Runco 3Dimension Series Projectors Garner Industry’s Top Honors

The company’s revolutionary 3Dimension Series home theater projectors awarded industry accolades for advanced engineering and unique design by leading consumer electronics magazines and trade associations

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BEAVERTON, Ore.–Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLNR), a worldwide leader in specialty display solutions, today announced that its Runco 3Dimension™ Series D-73d projector has been recognized by the top awards’ organizations in the industry as one of the most revolutionary products to hit the consumer electronics market. Runco’s innovative 3D projector has been awarded with the 2010 CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Manufacturers Excellence Award, 2010 CE Pro Best Award, 2010 CustomRetailer Exc!te Award, 2011 Electronic House Product of the Year, as well as The Pick of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2011.

Integrating 3D visualization technology that is based on the science of how the human eye and brain process actual depth and dimension in real life, Runco has created a flawless stereoscopic video reproduction that is unlike anything else in the home or private cinema market. Runco’s revolutionary 3D solution is based on Runco’s proprietary CSV™ (Constant Stereoscopic Video) architecture. Runco CSV is a vastly-superior approach to 3D visualization that enables seamless decoding, syncing and merging of stereo images and delivers a constant HD image to each eye without the flicker, distortion, or discomfort inherent in other approaches. Runco CSV utilizes unique passive-glasses technology, which is proven to be superior for the viewer and is usually only available in the finest public theaters. Also incredibly important when choosing a 3D display, the Runco 3Dimension Series will deliver both a spectacular 2D and 3D viewing experience with zero compromise.

The CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Award for Best New Product is the most coveted and prestigious award in the residential electronic systems industry. The award recognizes the top products that portray the epitome of the latest technological advancements and the very best , as judged by a diverse panel of dealers, manufacturers and industry leaders who select products that are specifically to help systems contractors succeed in their businesses. Each year CEDIA recognizes the manufacturers, residential systems contractors, and CEDIA volunteers for their achievements to the association, and this year Runco’s D-73d was the only video display product, in any category, recognized.

Each year, one of the most widely-read consumer electronics enthusiast magazine in the US, Electronic House, challenges manufacturers and service providers to show off their best technologies that cater to the connected home with the EH Product of the Year awards. Each year hundreds of products are submitted, but only few can be given the title Product of the Year. Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria for the Electronic House 2011 Product of the Year awards include creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits. “Runco’s D-73d projector is a ground-breaking product that brings 3D to the big screen, but instead of the cinema, you can enjoy it in your own home,” said Lisa Montgomery, editor of Electronic House. “We’re excited about 3D, and Runco is making it a reality for home theater enthusiasts.” Runco’s award was announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 6.

The ISE Pick of 2011 honors the very best new product innovations, which was presented at the Installation Europe Show in early February 2011. Picked by the editors of the leading industry trade magazine, Installation Europe and the ISE Daily newspaper, the awards go to twelve products that represent true innovation and stunning design concepts. These products must not only be innovative and aesthetically pleasing, but they must serve as a solution the systems contractors can utilize that will help them and their businesses succeed. Runco demonstrated the D-73d at the ISE show in February at the Amsterdam RAI inside the Runco invitation-only dealer suite.

Nearly 200 products vied for the honor of being classed “BEST” new product and technology of 2010 within their product category from leading custom integration publication CE Pro. The winners of the BEST Awards were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of CE Pro and Electronic House, to join an exclusive group of products deemed the most noteworthy for 2010. Criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits.

Runco products are available exclusively through the Runco authorized dealer network. For more information about Runco or to find a local dealer in your area, please visit

About Planar
Planar Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:PLNR) is a global leader of specialty display technology providing hardware and software solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Hospitals, space and military programs, utility and transportation hubs, retailers, banks, government agencies, businesses, and home theatre enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners, and customers worldwide. For more information, visit