The 3D Blu-ray images - when we got them to work - also looked beautifully sharp and detailed, with the projector’s extreme brightness helping to ram home the advantages of the full HD active 3D system. Crucial to this sharpness, of course, is that the Titan suffers from seemingly no 3D crosstalk noise at all. Throw in some effortless natural motion handling, and the Titan is in a class of its own where 3D is concerned (though it only trumps the Sim2 Lumis 3D-S in brightness terms).
Deactivating one of the lamps really does reduces the image’s brightness considerably, and so isn’t recommended if you want to get the best 3D impact from your huge investment. You certainly can experiment with going down to one lamp for 2D viewing, though, as for us this enabled the projector deliver a deeper black level response and more relaxing colour palette that’s still more than bright enough when you haven’t got your 3D goggles on.
In 2D mode the phenomenal precision of the Titan’s pictures in terms of their breathtaking clarity, lack of video noise, and colour accuracy/range is awe-inspiring, with the projector’s high brightness output doing a grand job of literally shining a light on the formidable quality of the Titan’s optics and processors.
The extreme brightness output of the Titan does cause a trio of considerable concerns, though. First, we struggled to get a really convincing black colour from our machine - no great surprise given that the projector claims a 5,500:1 (native) contrast ratio which doesn’t stack up well against the native 100,000:1 native contrast figure of the JVC X9 3D projector (a snip at £9k!). Though of course, this JVC only delivers a maximum brightness output of 1300 Lumens...
Using the Titan with a much larger screen than we were able to might dilute the impact of the brightness a bit and thus result in deeper blacks. And black levels look fine with your 3D glasses on. You can also improve the projector's contrast via a specific lens/optical option at the expense of a chunk of brightness. But nonetheless, black level response from the Titan remains an issue we don’t feel entirely comfortable about.
The second problem raised by the projector’s extreme brightness is that it makes a frankly enormous racket - more than 40dB - when it’s running, regardless of whether you’re using it in a two- or one-lamp configuration. This is something your installer will have to work around during installation.
The combination of two powerful lamps and the clearly hard-working cooling fans also raises real concerns about energy consumption with the Titan. Digital Projection admits that it uses up to more than 900W - compared with around, say, 350W for the JVC X9.
For some reason our sample continued to whir away a little to itself even when it was in standby, too - and where there’s a whir, there’s more power consumption. This is not the projector to buy if you're striving toward a carbon-neutral future.
The Titan 3D projector clearly has the raw power and optical precision to deliver a uniquely powerful 3D performance - so long as you’re not a particularly big fan of inkily deep black levels and don’t mind your electricity bills increasing.
However, while it’s clear that the Titan 3D was miles ahead of the game when it first came out, it has failed to move with the times as much as it should have done. Not being able to marry its 3D power to quality 3D Blu-ray sources to any sort of freedom whatsoever just because Digital Projection isn’t prepared to upgrade its connection board/interfaces is ultimately a ludicrous stumbling block that we just can’t bring ourselves to accept on a product that costs at least £90,000.