For standard definition sources that need a little extra sharpness, the projector features an advanced sharpness mode that provides separate adjustments for horizontal, vertical and even diagonal sharpness enhancement, along with another control that can correct ringing or halo effects on high contrast image edges. There is also an extensive range of built-in test patterns, to aid in setup and calibration.
The horizontal and vertical lens shift adjustments are accessed via a lid in the projector’s top panel, and are adjusted using a supplied Allen key, a preferred method that allows for more precise and secure picture alignment than thumbwheel lens shift adjustments. The projector is also equipped with the requisite Mode 1 vertical picture stretch for compatibility with an external anamorphic widescreen lens setup, which Runco offers as an option.
There are two component video inputs and two HDMI inputs, in addition to a composite and an S-video input, and there’s an RGB PC input as well. In the setup menu, unused inputs can be disabled. There are two 12V trigger outputs for screen and external anamorphic lens controls.
On Screen Display
The menu system is quite straightforward, and is text-based. As you would expect from a premium projector vendor, the LS-5 is equipped with a broad range of picture adjustment controls, and the needed RGB gain and offset controls for calibration are out in front, not buried behind a password-protected service menu, as is sometimes the case with competing products.
The LS-5’s remote features red backlighting, along with discrete input buttons whose functions can be re-assigned if desired. Pressing and holding the backlighting button for 7 seconds activates a small light over the projector’s input panel, which is a nice touch that can aid during setup in a darkened theater room.
· Color: 50
· Tint: 50
· Sharpness: Off
· Color Space: Auto
· Color Temperature: 6500°
· Gamma: 2.5
· 1:1 pixel-for-pixel mode: Overscan Off
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