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Hi,


I’m planning to buy a home theater projection system. For now I have narrowed my choice to SIM2 Home Theater.

I have 2 choices:

1-HT 200 DM for £ 6300

2-HT 250 for £7000


The distance to the screen would be around 21ft and I would be using progressive scan DVD. I have put the specification of both projectors below.


I was wondering if anybody has any comment in regard to SIM2 and if it’s worth paying the extra £700 for HT 250.


Thanks


Sepehr


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HT 200 DM


The HT 200 DM (Dual Mode) projector has been designed specifically to match the 480P High Definition standard.

The HT 200 DM projector provides two different resolutions modes (by Remote control):

- 16:9 format with a resolution of 848 x 480 pixels: the ideal solution for progressive DVD players or other 16:9 sources

- the normal 4:3 format with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels: best with computer images or traditional 4:3 video sources (Videotape recorders, etc).

Also, the HT 200 DM projector is equipped with a new 6-segment colour wheel that eliminates the so-called "rainbow effect": the annoying colour flickering.


OPTICS

DLPTM Type: Proprietary sealed optical Engine based on 1 DMDTM Chip. Contamination proof

Resolution: Dual mode (800 x 600 pixels and 848 x 480 pixels native resolutions);

Focus: motorised

Zoom: motorised

Elevation: manual

Keystone adjustment: up to 27° (optical: +/-10°; digital: +/-17°)

Screen size (diagonal) vs. Throw Distance:

4:3 resolution mode: 60" - min. 2,8m - max. 3,85m

80" - min. 3,74m - max. 5,14m

100" - min. 4,67m - max. 6,42m

16:9 resolution mode: 60" - min. 2,63m - max. 3,58 ìm

80" - min. 3,56m - max. 4,78m

100" - min. 4,38m - max. 5,97m

Picture size: 50-250 inches diagonal.

Aspect ratio: 4:3, 16:9, anamorphic, letter box plus 3 user adjustments

Brightness: 800 ANSI lm;

Brightness Uniformity: better than 95%

Contrast Ratio (full On / full Off): > 600:1

Colour wheel: 2 x RGB segments, no rainbow effect


ZOOM LENS

Throw Ratio: 2.4-3.2:1 on SVGA resolution - f#: 2.7 (wide), 3.3 (title)

Focus Range: 2.2-13.5 m


LAMP

Power Consumption: 120W UHP

Lamp Life Time : 6000 hours


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HT 250


The HT 250 has been designed to suit the high expectations of the home theatre enthusiast: it features a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) for more accurate image details, as well as a 4-segments colour wheel that dramatically improves the colours performance. The HT 250 allows sophisticated video adjustments such as the white temperature adjustment; which can be adapted to the viewer's preference by acting on each colour (red, green, blue).



OPTICS

DLPTM Type: Proprietary sealed optical Engine based on 1 DMDTM Chip. Contamination proof

Resolution: XGA (1024 x 768 pixels)

Focus: motorised

Zoom: motorised

Elevation: manual

Keystone adjustment: up to 27° (optical: +/-10°; digital: +/-17°)

Screen size (diagonal) vs. Throw Distance:

60" - min. 2,68m - max. 3,66m

80" - min. 3,58m - max. 4,88m

100" - min. 4,47m - max. 6,10m

Picture size: 50-250 inches diagonal.

Aspect ratio: 4:3, 16:9, anamorphic, letter box plus 3 user adjustments

Brightness: 900 ANSI lm

Brightness Uniformity: better than 95%

Contrast Ratio (full On / full Off): > 600:1

Colour Wheel: RGB + white segment


ZOOM LENS

Throw Ratio: 2.2-3.0:1 f#: 2.7 (wide), 3.3 (title)

Focus Range: 2.2-13.5 m


LAMP

Power Consumption: 120W UHP

Lamp Life Time: 6000


 

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Dear Sepehr


If your main viewing are dvd's Code1 (NTSC) I would go for the HT200DM.The risk of seeing rainbows is minimized, contrast/blacklevel has been slightly improved and it should be quieter. With a progressiv dvd-player the HT200DM should be a perfect match.


I don't know how well the HT200DM will handle 576P from a Code2 PAL dvd.


With the extra 700£ I would buy the Panamorph or ISCO lens.


BTW. The prices seem to be very high compared to others.

My guess would be that the HT200DM could be had for 5000£ at the most.


Cheers


Anthony

 

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Dear Anthony,


All my DVD’s are region 1. I will be using Arcam DV27 with progressive scan. I was under impression that I can use progressive scan with both these models. (I’m really really new to this). Please, correct me if I’m wrong.


Next, what is Panamorph or ISCO lens?


I live in Dubai. And that’s the price they charge for it (unfortunately there is only one agent here). But, I will try to see if they bring it down.


Thanks,


Sepehr
 

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Do yourself a favor and go for the 200DM.

I had purchased a HT250 at the beginning of July, and sold it for a loss before August (read my review of the 200DM for details).


If you'd like, e-mail me and I'll send you some screen shots taken from the 200DM.
 
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