What a treat! It's great to be able to review a true high end projector like Sim2's C3X. There is one downside however. After working with the C3X for more than a week,
going back to my BenQ 8720 - a projector that is roughly 1/3 the price - is really going to be tough. But, enough about me.
The Sim2 C3X receives our Hot Product Award! This was easy, So far, from an image quality standpoint, it has simply been the best projector I have had the opportunity to review. I was dazzled by it at CEDIA last year, and it lived up to my expectations this week. I logged at least 25 hours watching DVDs and Hi-Def on it, and want one. Unfortunately, Sim2 is not likely to donate one to me. Alas.
The Sim2 C3X is a 3 chip DLP projector, using the Darkchip3 technology, currently TI's top of the line. The projector it should be noted, immediately is extremely bright! You want a really large screen? This projector can do it. With the right screen sruface and room, I'm pretty sure a 160" diagaonal screen is easily viable. If you have a 110" diagonal screen and more than a little ambient light, this projector will work. In my theater room, we watched the Oscars last night, with 6 recessed lights (none directly hitting the screen) on full and it washed out only a small amount. Overall the viewing experience was just fine
There are three versions of the C3X: The C3X (the unit tested), the C3X Link, essentially identical but with processing handled outboard (and more inputs), so the processor can reside with the rest of your equipment, and attach to the projector by a single, supplied, 20 meter (65 ft.) fibre-optic cable (longer lengths available). Lastly, there is the C3X Lite ($15,990 in the US). This version is essentially identical to the C3X but uses a 150 watt lamp, instead of a 250, and claims a mere 1500 lumens. Ideal for smaller home theaters, say screens 100" diagonal or less.