Tried & Tested

Projector: Sim2 C3X Lumix

15 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

Spending the price of a decent car on a projector may at first seem overkill, but this is no ordinary projector. If you’re serious about home cinema and have money to burn, this could well be your dream machine.

The Sim2 has three separate projector chips, one for each primary colour, and this goes some way to explaining the incredible picture quality. It’s also amazingly bright, and will work in any living room. Forget recreating the cinema, this is way better than anything you’ll see at your local Odeon if it’s set up properly – and while this is easy to do, if you are spending £20,000 it’s probably worth paying an engineer to come in and set the colour balance for you, as it can make a world of difference. However, if you decide to set it up yourself, the highly advanced Sim2 has a vast number of options to make sure you achieve perfect picture quality.

There are many connectors available, including six HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports, so everything from DVDs to games consoles can be plugged in without any problems. There’s also a full complement of other connectors available.

The Sim2 is also stunning to look at, although bear in mind that as well as the projector, there’s a separate box of electronics to process the pictures.

Overall, as you’d expect for the sky-high price, this is as good a projector as you’ll find anywhere – even rivalling professional cinema projectors for quality (although, obviously, the screen you use will be smaller).

It’s a jaw dropping, mind-blowing piece of kit, but you really do pay for that. If money is no object, then this is, without question, the projector you should have for your home cinema.

For the rest of us, it’s an amazing glimpse into what can be done, and what will hopefully be in all our living rooms and offices in a cheaper form at some point in the near future.

PROS Incredible quality and performance

CONS Very high price


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