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SIM2's C3X Projector Review - General Performance

Posted on October 5, 2013 by Art Feierman


Menus are accessed from the F1 and F2 keys on the remote. From the menus themselves you can program which menus are tied to which of those two keys, allowing you to more quickly get to what you want. This is not quite as fast as having direct buttons on your remote for many adjustments, but then, this should be of benefit when programming a 3rd party remote or room controller.

The most powerful main menu for controlling color and image performance is the Image menu (not all menus have names) shown immediately below. In addition to Aspect ratios, you see their color grid summary (28), access to gamma settings, and an overscan control (probably very handy for conventional TV or VCR, but I didn't use either.

SIM2's C3X Projector Review - Menus

SIM2's C3X Projector Review - Menus


Color Grid




Menu Info

The next two images show the color grid, which let's you navigate around preset color balances. As you can see, in the lower center I have the projector set on a Dot that comes up as 28. That was my favorite non calibrated color when I first started playing. I used the 28 setting as the basis for the calibration, so if I were to change the setting to 32 or 9, it would change the overall color balance, although I suspect my adjustments to individual R, G and B, would now affect the default settings of 32, or 9, etc. To use the color grid, you navigate with the remote's arrow keys.

Gamma control gives you eight different presets. The manual advises that some are better for fully darkened rooms, others for more ambient light, some for graphics, sports, etc. In addition there is a User area that allows you to define a gamma using the usual 2.2, 2.3... 3.1... settings.

It also let's you determine opacity, program the F1 and F2 keys as mentioned elseshere, and whether to dispaly source info when you change sources.

There is also the Setup menu, which controls the lamp brightness (a slider bar), orientation (floor, ceiling...), keystone correction (avoid using keystone correction), some control of power/standby, controlling the backlit logo on the top of the projector, and access to the 8 provided test patterns.

Lastly on the Setup menu is a projector reset, called Initial Settings. The manual, as I recall, decribes what gets reset.


User Memory Settings

There are three User Memory settings. I did not work with them but the manual explains that they are device dependent. So, you effectively have one for at least each different input, and beyond that, for each device being fed though that input, that the projector can tell apart. That is important because many of us only have one cable, coming from an AV receiver, or perhaps an HTPC. You could for example, for each device have one memory setting for your fully darkened room, another for some ambient light, and a thired for whatever you come up with.

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