Originally Posted by Seegs108
Sim2 is normally accurate for their specifications and claims. With LEDs there's a lack of standards when it comes to measuring light output from them because they don't look like the amount of bulb lumens we typically see so there's a bit of ambiguity when it comes with to specifications.
We know this is DLP based so at most expect measured contrast up to 30000:1 which seems to be at the limit of what DLP can do with a decent DI and good native contrast. Their lumis line of DLP projectors measure a little above 30000:1 and there's rare instances of pumping. I've owned a Lumis Host. I do think it's DI algorithms are a little behind Runco's in overall performance but it's still generally spectacular. It has a bit too much flicker, much like JVCs implementation. This is possible due to a high native contrast which theyre able to achieve through high quality light paths and graded DMDs. Sim2 claims to have reworked their implementation for these projectors so well have to hear from reviewers and see what they think.
I think Sim2 claims about 100,000:1 dynamic contrast for the Lumis but a useful 30,000:1 would be nice. The Nero 3 claims 30,000:1 so what should we actually expect? If it could come close to 30,000:1 I think I would be happy.
Most of the reviewers who get their hands on Sim2 products don't provide many, if any, measurements for lumens or contrast, which is a bit frustrating. I think AVForums got about 900 calibrated lumens out of the M.150 but it didn't measure contrast. Some users claimed they only got 600 calibrated lumens -- why this big a discrepancy? What we usually get from reviewers are subjective reports about how good these projectors' images appear. I don't doubt that Sim2 projectors are about as good as it gets but I'd like to see a review from Cine4Home of the Nero 3 with all the relevant measurements -- I suspect it's not going to happen.
These are the things I'm taking into consideration:
The good -- Sim2 product, will probably have descent usable contrast, DLP so I should expect stellar 3D, reasonably quiet (non-intrusive), LED (long life with no need to constantly calibrate), maybe comparable or better brightness than JVC or Epson and likely better brightness in 3D than Sony, cost of projector should be comparable (except the JVC units should be a far bit cheaper).
The bad -- nowhere near the dynamic contrast of a Sony, JVC or now an Epson, seems expensive for what you get especially compared to JVC products, no way to playback 4K material or upgrade the projector to accept 4K? No way to upscale 1080p to fake 4K, no RC or super Resolution.
If it wasn't for my love of 3D I'd probably buy a JVC lamp based projector or if JVC could do reasonably bright and DLP-like ghost-free 3D then I'd have one -- lamp and all. The Nero 3 may be the best "reasonably priced" 3D DLP projector that will meet my needs for the next four to five years. However, I don't want to spend $10K on something which isn't a nice step up from the Mits 8000 or Sharp 30000, both of which I already have.