Digital Projection Titan Reference 1080p 3D specs

John Archer

By John Archer


Key Features

  • Active shutter full HD 3D projector
  • three-chip DLP engine
  • dual lamp system for ultra high brightness
  • Dual flash processing
  • high end optics and calibration tools
  • Manufacturer: Digital Projection
  • Review Price: £90,000.00
Quick Glance
Projector Type Three-chip DLP
Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Brightness 6000
Native Aspect Ratio 16:9
A/V Ports
Component 1
Composite 1
S-Video 1
Ethernet 1
Physical Specifications
Height 253.5
Width 543.5
Depth 645.4
Weight 31
Native Aspect Ratio 16:9
Projector Type Three-chip DLP
Brightness 6000
Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Full HD 1080p Yes
3D Ready Yes
Max Diagonal Image Size 300in
Lamp Type Dual high density discharge modules
Lamp power 2 x 350W


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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