Italian manufacturer SIM2 is announcing an important upgrade to its most accessible 1080p front-projector model. The new DOMINO D80E single-chip DLP®-based model builds on the success of the very popular award-winning original D80, by integrating key technology advancements trickled down from SIM2’s renowned Grand Cinema series. Perhaps just as important, the new DOMINO D80E carries no price premium over the original D80, with its M.S.R.P. remaining unchanged at $8495.
The new DOMINO version retains the same basic structure: a single-chip DLP front projection system based upon the latest-generation, 1080p DarkChip3™ 0.95-inch DMD chipset from Texas Instruments, and equipped with a 160 watt lamp, new color-wheel (with primary and secondary colors) and high-precision glass optics. It also features TI’s proprietary BrilliantColor™ system, whose broader color range delivers deeper, more intense images with greater realism and contrast, by improving optical efficiency and extending the system’s available color gamut. The result is both improved contrast and brightness, and a more lifelike, finely-textured color rendition.
To this superb foundation—already capable of stunning hi-def and upscaled imaging from the full variety of home-theater sources, thanks to outstanding on-board processing—the D80E adds the Unishape™ lamp system, thereby raising the bar for entry-high-end projectors even higher. Unishape™ yields greater light output per Watt of consumption, further improving contrast so that the D80E DOMINO can produce an exceptional optimized contrast ratio (full on/off) of 4500:1. The benefits of combining, BrilliantColor™ and Unishape™ translate not only to greater dynamic impact for “pop” on bright scenes or image elements, but to substantial gains in contrast, increased by nearly 60% and more than double the light output when compared with the previous product.
Of course, the new DOMINO D80E version retains all the powerful facilities of its predecessor. These include flexible, motorized-zoom optics with 1.5 to 2.0 throw ratio and lens-shift and digital keystone; a complete range of picture-size and aspect compatibilities, including pixel-for-pixel and anamorphic modes, and full-HD, 1920x1080-pixel progressive-scan capability. Signal inputs cover all home and pro needs with composite, S-video, component, RGBHV, and HDMI-HDCP.
Also unchanged is the DOMINO D80E’s impressively compact layout: just 14x7x12-1/2 inches, and its understated—by SIM2 standards, anyway—yet elegant design. The new D80E is available from SIM2 USA in standard matte black or white finish, at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $8495.