The CL-710 houses the chip in a square black box. My apologies to Runco’s industrial designer, but the projector’s only distinguishing features are a silver thermos-like tube down the middle, which houses the lens, and the aforementioned blue logo light. The latter seems better suited for a tricked-out hip-hop star’s SUV. Fortunately, you can turn the light off. The projector is also available in a long-
throw version (CL-710LT, $10,995) designed to sit farther from the screen. You could hide the LT version in a space behind the room’s back wall. Otherwise, cables can be routed through an open space on the bottom of the projector so that mid-ceiling or coffee-table installations appear clean and simple. A trapdoor on the back of the unit provides finger access to the input connections. An angled power cord is about the only thing that would make physical installation any easier.
|Editor Mike Wood agrees that the cool blue logo light is attractive, but finds the proliferation of such lighting on A/V products rather gratuitous. Fortunately, you can turn the light off from the user menu and just enjoy the show.|