Originally Posted by Cain
What are folks hearing about new LED projectors ??
Not much I guess. Sim2 will have a Mico 20 and a Mico 40 out later this year which are both set below the Mico 50, as well as a Mico 60 as the top machine in the Mico line. However, I was told today the Mico 60 will be nothing else than a Host version of the Mico 50 with the ability to transmit video from the host box via a wireless signal. Otherwise these machines will be identical, so no improvement in light output or on/off CR. I expected a bit more here.
The Mico 50 will get a new firmware next week, which I was told is gonna fix some issues. More tweakability for dynamic black is one of the new features. I'm very sensitive to rainbows on color wheel machines, the Mico 50 is nowhere near as bad as regular (non LED) machines, but I can still see some color spereation artifacts on the Mico 50 in darker scenes. Bright scenes are fine. From what I've been told, Sim2 modified the control of the LEDs, so hopefully the color seperation artifacts I see with the Mico 50 in darker scenes will be gone (that's what Sim2 claimed today).
That will probably also fix the issues of flipping the LED state on and off.
As most people know, when there's an all black image on screen the Mico 50 switches off the LEDs, which further reduces black levels. As soon as there's something on the screen, LEDs are switched on which raises blacklevel. There are still some issues with this, when the projectors can't decide what to do and switches forth and back between the two states. A good disc to see this is the beginning of Public Enemy, before and after the Universal logo. That's also a good disc to test for color seperation artifacts, the scene in the woods when they approach the hotel in the dark. If someone would show me only this scene on the Mico 50 it would be a deal killer for me... for an otherwise absolutely fantastic machine.
Besides that, Vivitek will have something new later this year. Not sure if Runco will, but it shouldn't be far behind.
For those considering the Mico 50, I think it's worth to have a look at the Sim2 Uno as well. That's a Lumis without the DI. Blacklevel won't be as good as the Mico 50 without the DI, but it's a brighter machine. Personally I don't need and don't want 20+ftL, that's also the reason I prefer the Mico 50 over the Lumis and Uno. If more brightness is needed, there's no other choice. But I think a Mico 50 on a 0.85 to 0.95 gain 85" to 90" wide 16:9 screen is still ok. So a 115" to 120" wide scope screen in combination with a ISCO3 is still working very well.