Home Theater

Runco Climate Portfolio LCDs Take the Big Screen Outdoors

The outdoors might be all natural and stuff, with fresh(er) air, scenic views, and maybe some actual wildlife, but one thing it’s really lacking? High-definition video entertainment. Runco is aiming to solve that problem, announcing two new weatherproof Climate Portfolio high-definition LCD televisions that can bring high-definition entertainment to places like decks, patios, back yards, outdoor kitchens, and other spaces so folks can technically be outside playing without a missing an instant of television.

“Runco is committed to providing the best custom displays for any room inside and outside the home,” said Runco marketing VP Jennifer Davis, in a statement.. “Research shows finished outdoor spaces return 100 percent of their value from day one and they can deliver as much as 200 percent of their original cost at resale making the integration of an outdoor television both an enjoyable and valuable home asset.”

The 42-inch Climate Portfolio CP-42HD and 52-inch Climate Portfolio CP-52HD feature full 1080p widescreen displays in an enclosure designed to stand up to the elements, including reflection-rejection glass for easy outdoor viewing. The sets surpass IEC Ingress Protection IP56 weatherproof standards, which means they can stand up to dust, oils, significant temperature changes (they’ll operate down to 0° F)and even (limited) direct water spray: don’t put these out where they’ll be expose to continual rain, but they can handle the occasional drip or spritz from a sprinkler. The display feature Runco’s Vivix internal video processing for solid image quality, along with a 176° viewing angle for easy group viewing. Custom installation options include RS-232 support for home automation, two HDMI inputs, and a range of other inputs for connecting to cameras, gaming consoles, and other video sources. The sets are available in 13 colors to match a variety of settings, and Runco offers a color-matching program so homeowners can get a set precisely matched to their setup.

But all this getting back to nature doesn’t come cheap: the Climate Portfolio CP-42HD and CP-52HD carry suggested prices of $6,495 and $13,995, respectively. They should be available in July from selected home theater dealers.

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