Usually with a product costing 30 grand, give or take a fiver, we would expect to have our work cut out trying to explain just how or why any product, however good, might possibly justify costing such an extreme amount of money.
With the £29,995 Sim2 Lumis 3D-S, though, our job seems almost bizarrely simple. In fact, all we have to say about it, really, is that it delivers the first flawless 3D pictures we’ve seen, at screen sizes up to 300in across. In fact, if you haven’t seen Blu-ray 3D on a Lumis 3D-S, you honestly haven’t seen Blu-ray 3D at all.
As a result, the 3D-S is probably the ‘easiest sell’ Sim2 has ever submitted for review, as it’s got a more immediate, visceral and easy to describe/see advantage over cheaper rivals than any other Sim2 projector before it.
It’s tempting to just leave the review there, other than to urge you to book an appointment to see a Lumis 3D-S in action for yourself as soon as possible. But then we guess anyone who might be even thinking of spending £30k on a home entertainment product deserves to at least know what’s going inside the 3D-S to makes it such a reference-level bit of kit.
For a start, its design is extraordinary. Partly because it’s gorgeously sculpted and beautifully finished, but mostly because it’s unfeasibly compact for a projector carrying three 0.95in DarkChip 4 DLP chipsets, a 280W dimmable lamp, a little something called triple flash technology (more on this later), and active 3D playback.
After all, Sim2’s only previous 3D solution involved, rather less elegantly, literally stacking two Lumis projectors on top of each other!
The Lumis 3D-S’ connections are a bit less stand out, with their highlights of two HDMI inputs, a PC D-Sub port, and separate RS-232C and USB control options. But in all honesty this is more than sufficient for a projector that will likely be integrated into a wider home entertainment system, complete with separate source switching and controls.
Plus there’s one further connection you don’t get on ‘normal’ projectors: a 3D sync output. It’s here that you attach the projector’s external 3D sync transmitter.
The 3D-S’ use of an external 3D transmitter seems rather at odds, perhaps, with the sublime elegance of the projector’s design. Especially as the external box is about as industrial-looking a device as you could imagine.
But having an external box arguably gives a professional installer a little more flexibility with siting issues (hiding the box will not be a problem an end user will have to face when you’re talking about a 30 grand bit of kit!). Also, during our tests we found the transmissive range of the external sync box to be pretty remarkable; even hiding it behind a box at the back of the room failed to cause any transmission issues.