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SIM2 Grand Cinema C3X Lumis DLP Projector review

John Archer




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SIM2 Grand Cinema C3X Lumis DLP Projector
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Our Score:


However cynical you might be about the whole celebrity obsession dominating popular culture right now, there’s no denying that a celebrity endorsement really can help a product get more attention. Especially when that celebrity actually has talent rather than just going out with a footballer, or singing somebody else’s songs while wearing hardly any clothes.

With this in mind, SIM2 must be very chuffed indeed to be following up their past endorsement from genuine genius David Lynch with a new endorsement from no less a movie titan than Francis Ford Coppola.

Hit the home page of SIM2’s website right now, and you’ll find a photo of the C3X Lumis projector I’m testing today emblazoned with the words “I have owned many projectors in my life: SIM2 is now in both my studios and my home’, words attributed to the Godfather of modern cinema himself.

There almost seems to be a challenge to us reviewers here; it’s kind of like SIM2 saying 'Diss our projectors, and you diss Francis Ford Coppola. And who the hell are you to diss Francis Ford Coppola'!

Thankfully, I’ve never met Mr Coppola, and don’t suppose I ever will. So I don’t really have anything to fear should I find myself not liking the C3X Lumis. Plus, of course, before we get too overwhelmed by Coppola’s God-like directorial talents, it’s probably worth remembering that The Godfather Part III was rubbish...

All of which is a very long-winded way of saying that my love of the C3X Lumis has absolutely nothing at all to do with anyone else’s opinion, and everything to do with the truly jaw-dropping talents of what’s quite simply the finest projector I’ve ever seen.

Before I put some meat on this grand but basic statement, though, I have to admit that there’s one thing I don’t like about the C3X Lumis at all. In fact, I hate it. And that’s the price. For at £25,995, there’s about as much chance me ever being able to afford one as there is Dennis Skinner defecting to the Conservative Party.

But then, much though it hurts me to say, the C3X Lumis isn’t made for me. Or for the vast majority of other folk, come to that. It is squarely aimed at rich people with rich people’s homes containing rich people’s no-expense-spared custom installation home entertainment systems. Either that, or middle-class home cinema obsessives who put achieving home cinema perfection ahead of such trivial matters as owning a decent car, taking their other halves on nice holidays and, most likely, raising children.

The fact that my lot in life makes me curse the C3X Lumis’ price, though, doesn’t mean that the projector isn’t worth the money. In fact, when you consider how much your typical commercial digital cinema costs to install, you might even argue that it’s a bargain!


March 25, 2010, 7:31 pm

What really tweaks my nipples is that Francis Ford Coppola can afford to buy loads of SIM2 Grand Cinema C3X Lumises (Lumii?) but most likely got his for free AND being paid for his non-efforts.


March 25, 2010, 7:40 pm

ehm... please correct me if I'm wrong, but if the lamp has 2000 hours of life, and a movie is around 2 hours, you can still watch 1000 movies, and that would be 2,7 years of watching a movie - every day.

but apart from that, I like your review =D (oh, why do they make'em so expensive?? =( )

Lee Moorhouse

March 25, 2010, 7:59 pm

It's annoying isn't it, they've got boat loads of cash and they get free stuff. It's hotrageous.

Also, kudos for the line 'What really tweaks my nipples' a phrase which is disappointingly underused these days.

Awesome review John, but I must admit, my girlfriend wasn't to pleased with it. Not the review per se, I think it was the sentence 'Children will come and go, but a SIM2 projector is for life' that did it.

I'll miss her.


March 25, 2010, 8:51 pm

@Ripsnorter - They (D.L. & F.F.C.) probably think the SIM2's are at the cheap end of the market - given the access they must have to studio high end gear!

Never-the-less your point is well made. Though I am confident a celebrity endorsement would not waver me one iota if I were spending 'car money' on a pj....but then unlike many I am not celebrity obsessed.

@Penguin - my experience is that it is the act of firing up the bulb: striking an arc and hence shortening the electrodes that affects on 'bulb' life. This life is an estimate based on a certain switching rate. I am on 4000 hrs + for a manufacturer quoted 2000 for my brand of pj. If you cycle the pj more often then the life will tend to be far shorter

John Archer

March 25, 2010, 9:29 pm

@Penguin - unbelievable. I get to the last line of a six-page review I've slaved over for two full days, and in the euphoric rush to the finish line I type the wrong bloody numbers in. Even though I've put the correct figures for this sort of calculation in numerous reviews before. Sigh.

You'd never guess I had a Maths A Level to my name, would you? Mind you, that was around 20 years ago... Or should that be 200 years ago?!

Anyway, thanks for picking the typo up, as it's actually quite an important one. The review has been corrected to hide my humiliation from subsequent readers. Unless they read the comments as well, of course...


March 25, 2010, 11:44 pm

John obviously you don't have an A'Level in typing :-) - Do you?

Anyhow, now you must tell ALL what Maths - Pure, Applied or P & A? Importantly what grade?

F F Copola? We will be the judge of it! I think given the price it should have been 5/10.

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