|Sim2 DOMINO 20 DLP Video Projector|
|Home Theater Front Projectors DLP Projectors|
|Written by Thomas Garcia|
|Monday, 01 March 2004|
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My immediate concern when I received the SIM2 was its lack of a DVI video input. This was disappointing, considering how I have become very appreciative of the image quality that is achieved with the direct digital connection between my V-Inc Bravo 1 DVD player and other DVI-compatible video devices. Although I still consider this a disadvantage of the DOMINO 20, it quickly dropped in significance, given the stunning image quality I was able to achieve utilizing the component inputs. I even was able to achieve more than satisfactory images with devices that were limited to S-Video outputs only, such as my S-VHS and a standard NTSC tuner. Additionally, the SIM2 remote does not follow the same intuitive nature of many other remotes; it takes a unique sequential process to navigate the menus. It was frustrating to locate certain functions, as well as perform the desired adjustments. This subsided after a learning period, when I become accustomed to the menu and functional structure, though it never quite diminished completely. And though SIM2 has made great advancements in lowering the noise floor of its projectors, the exhaust fan was still audible from my listening position, which was placed approximately five feet above me in a ceiling mount position. This was only apparent while experiencing quiet passages.
The world of digital projectors is a dynamic place these days, with quality and prices changing at a rapid rate. How much should one spend on a projector, given that it may be eclipsed in performance and at a lower cost in the not too distant future? Wisely, SIM2 has placed the DOMINO 20 in an excellent position, offering premium performance and quality at this price point. Although not the least expensive projector available today, it provides an extremely satisfying, natural image that is clearly a step up from the lesser-priced and lower performance projectors I have recently experienced. I was exceedingly satisfied with this projector, given its extremely high-quality components and performance. Additionally, the 6,000-hour lamp life will potentially save you a substantial amount of money by minimizing bulb replacement over the lifespan of the projector.
During the time I spent reviewing the SIM2 DOMINO 20, I couldn’t help but reflect upon on various DLP projectors I have used over the last few years. Not that long ago, comparative price points equal to the DOMINO 20 generally offered projectors with 800 by 600 resolutions, all requiring substantial investments towards outboard video processors or HTPCs to produce a respectable image. Watching the all-inclusive SIM2 was a revelation, exceeding any picture quality I was able to produce with any of the aforementioned combinations. The DOMINO 20 kept me mesmerized with its color accuracy and precision of detail, equaled by its ability to portray a believable, three-dimensional type image. With its high-quality optics and advanced video processing, the SIM2 Multimedia DOMINO 20 DLP Projector proved to be an extraordinary performer that will undoubtedly display a reference quality image for some time to come.
*Editors note: In March 2004 the Domino line will be equipped with HDMI digital input. The HDMI input is now extended to the Domino models. HDMI transmits HDTV at 2.2Gbps and is an uncompressed medium with a strong content protection (HDCP).