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One of the most common brands of consumer high end projectors is Runco. However, Runco is not a CRT projector manufacturer in the truest sense; Runco takes CRT projectors from Zenith, NEC and Barco, in some cases makes modifications, paints them black, and re-labels them. 

The modifications done are to usually better serve the home theater market, such as replacing the clear red/green c-elements or glycol with coloured versions for more accurate colour reproduction. For example, Runco adds colour filtering to the Barco Graphics 808s in creating their DTV-992 Ultra. 

In some models the changes are more drastic as in the case of the Runco DTV-852:  Runco custom ordered stripped down Zenith PRO 900x projectors and installed a line doubler and changed components on the microprocessor board, but the specs of projector by and large still remain true to the original Zenith chassis.

Check out Runco projectors, then check out NEC’s, Barco's and Zenith's. If the case style looks the same, it will be a set that was supplied by one of the larger manufacturers to Runco's specifications.  See the model cross-reference page for more information.

To see how these projectors rank in relation to other projectors for use in a home theater environment see the Projector Rankings page.

For full specifications on these and other projectors, see the Projector Specifications page.

For an overview and history of Runco see the CRT Primer.

See the Advanced Procedures page for various DIY instructions on maintaining and improving CRT projectors.

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