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10/10

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Amazing, too, is the C3X 1080's black level response. Dark scenes enjoy some of the very deepest black levels I've seen, yet the inky blackness also contains exceptional amounts of shadow detail thanks to the C3X 1080's ability to combine great black levels with really bright image elements simultaneously within the same frame.

This sort of effortless single-frame dynamism is traditionally one of the things that most sets premium projectors apart from budget models, yet I've never seen even another premium projector deliver as much dynamism as the C3X 1080 without looking forced or harsh.

The C3X 1080's Full HD nature and three-chip stability, meanwhile, enables it to reproduce HD details with outstanding accuracy and not a trace of video noise. Add this almost celluloid-like sharpness to the other talents I've noted, and you've got yourself a picture so cinematic and engrossing that I honestly believe you'll never feel the need to actually go out to see a film again.


It's well worth stressing before I'm done just how refreshing it is to be able to watch films on the three-chip C3X 1080 without suffering the rainbow effect and motion noise found with single-chip DLP projectors. In fact, the three-chip system is also likely responsible for the remarkably fluidity and clarity of the C3X 1080's motion reproduction - something that's achieved, it's important to note, without any heavy-handed image processing and resulting artefacts. This strength is particularly notable when watching Blu-rays.

If I had to find one area where the C3X 1080 could possibly be improved, it would be its standard definition performance. For while the PixelWorks processing system certainly works well, the C3X 1080's price doesn't bag you the same level of sharpness and upscaling cleanliness witnessed via good standalone video processors like the recently tested DVD0 VP50 Pro.

Verdict

If you happen to have 20 grand lying about looking for a home, I strongly suggest that you forget all about those second-hand Porsche and Maldives holiday plans, and focus instead on the truly jaw-dropping SIM2 C3X 1080. Especially since if you've got £20k spare, you'll almost certainly also have or be able to get all the lovely HD sources necessary to get the best from what is, when all's said and done, the finest projector I've ever seen.

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