Still more good news comes from the Action! Model Three's colour response. For as well as delivering terrific vibrancy with Master And Commander's really colourful scenes (mostly based around the Galapagos Island sequences), colours are rock solid, almost infinitely subtle in blend, and best of all superbly natural in tone, even when showing the film's frequently very tricky low-lit skin tones.
Even more proof of the Crystalio box's worth can be seen in the projector's handling of standard definition, which is ‘souped up' to look like something genuinely approaching HD without the processing noise often caused by the upscaling process.
Only one thing stops me giving the Action! Model Three a straight 10 for picture quality, and that's a tendency for motion on the projector to look a little more blurred than I'd ideally like.
One other issue with the projector you ought to be aware of is that its dual colour wheel and lamps mean that it runs a little loudly versus most normal home projectors. But then if you can afford 10 grand on a projector, you probably also either have a big room to put it in where the sound can be lost in the space, or you can afford to build it into some kind of soundproof cabinet.
If you're looking for a projector to drive a really large home cinema room, the Action! Model Three's dual lamp technology makes it almost uniquely suited to the job. However, I have to say that for most ordinary folk with relatively ordinary spaces - and bank balances! - to work with, the Action! Model Three's £10k price tag really does look rather high when you think that you can get JVC's HD100 for under £5k, and Planar's remarkable new full HD DLP PD8150 (which we'll be reviewing soon) for £4,400.