|Sim2 C3X DLP Video Projector|
|Home Theater Front Projectors DLP Projectors|
|Written by Kevin Miller|
|Monday, 01 May 2006|
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There are few negatives that need to be mentioned. The vertical lens shift is basically useless for traditional ceiling-mount configurations where the projector is mounted upside-down and hung from a bracket, as there is very little range when the lens is near the top of the screen material. If it is hanging way down in the room in the middle of the screen, it will offer some flexibility, but this is a highly unlikely scenario.
As previously noted, the primary colors of red, green and blue are far from accurate and can not be changed or improved the way they can on many projectors in this class. Red measured x=667 and y=331 (a bit reddish-orange), green measured x=358 and y=625 (extremely yellow-green) and blue measured x=143 and y=060 (reasonably close to the SMPTE C spec). This is evident, particularly with the green. When looking at objects that you are extremely familiar with, like fruit and grass, you realize that the color is simply wrong. Finally, gamma on the projector is definitely not correct at any of the settings. This results in a slightly choppy grayscale and a slight lack of shadow detail in dark scenes, because the projector comes out of black way too fast.
The Sim2 C3X has some strong points like good color decoding, awesome light output and contrast ratio capabilities. Unfortunately, it also has some glaring weaknesses that I would really like the company to address. The color green is the major offender, and there really is no reason for it. Yes, a yellow green will be brighter, but this is a virtual light cannon that can afford to give up some light output for the sake of color accuracy. At this stage of the game, with so many companies doing really good video scaling, there is no excuse for such poor video processing, particularly in a display that costs $18,000. So if you think you will be watching standard-definition cable or satellite, you definitely want to use this projector with a high-quality scaler that you can feed the C3X 720p for all your SD sources. If these few issues were improved upon, Sim2 would have a real winner on its hands.