Digital Projection Titan 3D - More Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer



Our Score:


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...

Digital Projection Titan 3D projector

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.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Image Quality 8
  • 3D Image Quality 10
  • Design 5
  • Features 8
  • Value 6


December 30, 2013, 5:52 am

Comparing the Titan to the JVC X9 because it has a higher contrast ratio and costs less, is pointless. The manufacturers numbers really mean nothing when it comes to image quality.A 5000:1 contrast ratio for a 6000 lumen device is amazing. I doubt it is achievable in its brightest double lamp mode. The JVC is only 1300 lumen and less than 800 in its cinema modes. Getting 100,000 darker than 800 lumens vs 5000 times darker than 6000 lumens is less of a gap than just quoting the cr on its own. The difference is going to be most noticeable on all black screens.

The human eye notices large changes in brightness more than subtle ones. I find that blacks often look great on bright projectors next to the super bright, saturated colors. The exception is when the whole screen is black where brighter devices struggle next to the dim JVCs where you can barely tell they are switched on at all. That is an advantage if you like watching black screens. I prefer to watch movies.

On high end devices, the quality of the glass and the processing is noticeably better than on cheaper home theater devices which appear to have better numbers on paper. There are no free lunches and given the choice, i would go with the Titan. The manufacturers numbers really mean nothing. Read some reviews and you will often see cheap devices with higher claimed contrast ratios, that don't have the best blacks or image quality. The difference in the level of detail you get with high end glass is far greater than marketing specs can tell you. The first Sony 4k home theater projector which costs over $20k, didn't have high end glass, just entry level. The newer, cheaper model (at $10k less), uses a plastics lens. Until recently, 5000:1 was considered a great contrast ratio. The average DCI compliant digital theater projector is still only putting out 2000:1 and they can be more expensive than a Titan by 2-4x.

Specs make people feel better about their projector and make them buy new ones but a lot of the time, the incremental improvement is invisible to the naked eye when watching movie content. You can't see the difference between 50,000:1 and 60,000:1. Plus, for most people, their room won't let them get anywhere near that 50,000:1 cr.

In addition to a much better image quality from the glass and superior processing, you also get better features on high end devices such as more flexibility with motorized lenses, a choice of lenses for different throw requirements, better color management systems. One of my devices is a high end pro install device and it automatically adjusts the color to match the 6500k I set it to. It does this on a constant basis so as the lamp gets older, it still matches colors accurately which lets me get more life from the lamp. Sorry to state the obvious, but $90k projectors almost always put out a better image than $5k ones.


December 30, 2013, 9:40 am

Also, wouldn't most people who buy a $90k projector, also be able to afford a top of the line outboard processor with an HDMI input? It isn't that much of a big deal. Most professional installations use DVI inputs over HDMI, which is a consumer format.

I would be asking a more relevant question with this review which is, would I get better 3d performance with 2 $40k projectors plus lenses and a 3d outboard processor that is capable of converting 3d sources to 120hz. This would enable the user create a passive 3d set-up without losing any vertical resolution, just like you get at an IMAX theater. Projectiondesigns passive 3d technology doesn't even need a silver screen. It works on any screen, just like active 3d, except, with more comfortable lightweight passive glasses you can "borrow" from the theater. Also, less brightness is lost and there is less flickers plus, you can use any projectors, not just the more expensive 3d ready ones.

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