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Sim2 M.150 - More Pic Quality and Conclusion

John Archer

By John Archer

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Sim2 M.150

Summary

Our Score:

10

3D Performance

The extra brightness further has a profound effect on 3D viewing, enabling the Sim2 M.150 to combat more effectively than the Mico 50 the inevitable dimming you get when you don a pair of Sim2’s active 3D glasses. This helps 3D images look more dynamic, more colourful, more detailed, and more full of depth.

Couple all this with the M.150’s complete freedom from active 3D’s dreaded crosstalk ghosting problem, and as with every other Sim2 3D projector we’ve seen, the M.150 provides staggering proof that 3D viewing in the home really can be an amazing experience rather than just the headache-inducing marketing gimmick it can appear to be on lesser products.

2D and HD Reproduction

Going back to 2D, the M.150’s pictures also benefit from more or less perfect colour response. Colours are immaculately balanced, almost infinitely nuanced, totally natural in tone (even in dark picture areas), and utterly free of any sort of noise or distortion. In other words, here again the M.150 is capable of delivering a ‘celluloid-like’ experience on a level we just haven’t witnessed before other than on the aforementioned Lumis 3D-S.

The sharpness of the Sim2 M.150’s HD pictures needs to be seen to be believed, too. Its images are so precise and clean, in fact, that the only Blu-ray scenes we’ve been able to find that do maximum justice to them are the shot-for-IMAX bits of The Dark Knight - most notably the opening bank robbery sequence. So extreme is the clarity on show here that we found it hard to believe we were just watching a normal HD feed rather than some sort of ‘super resolution’ source.

Sim2 M.150We guess one question that needs to be asked is if the M.150 justifies its extra cost over the non-LED £13,000 and £16,000 Sim2 Nero models. And the simple answer is yes. For starters, you never have to change the bulbs in the M.150 (a £750-a-pop process on the Neros). Also, the M.150’s images benefit from greater stability and slightly more natural motion reproduction (there’s really no need at all to use the projector’s provided motion processing options), as well as remaining free of puny amounts of rainbow effect that extremely susceptible viewers might very occasionally detect on the Neros.

The only other projectors in town that might potentially cause the M.150 any grief are the JVC X90 and the Sony VW1000ES. The JVC, it must be said, delivers deeper black levels than the M.150 can. But the M.150 more than compensates for this with the extra crispness and colour subtlety of its 2D pictures; by producing more shadow detail; and by rendering 3D with much less crosstalk than the JVC.

The £17k Sony represents a tougher challenge in that there’s no doubt that genuine 4k material does take home cinema projection to a whole new level. However, there’s precious little 4k material around at the moment, and while the Sony upscales HD to 4k quite nicely, the M.150’s HD detail levels are only marginally smaller, yet its pictures look more consistently natural and less processed. The Sim2 also delivers a richer black level response, especially when it comes to reproducing shadow details in dark areas.

Pretty much the only serious gripe we might raise about the M.150’s imperious performance is that it runs a touch more noisily than we’d like. But the extreme flexibility of its set up options means that your installer shouldn’t have much difficulty at all in positioning the projector so that its noise doesn’t trouble you at all.

Verdict

While LED lighting in projectors might not yet be catching on quite as much as we’d expected it to, the Sim2 M.150 proves that it remains every bit as impressive a technology as we first thought it was. In fact, the M.150 is probably the second best Sim2 projector we’ve seen behind the Lumis 3D-S, and you can’t say fairer than that.

Overall Score

10

Scores In Detail

  • 2D Image Quality 10
  • 3D Image Quality 10
  • Design 9
  • Value 8

Crassus

December 18, 2012, 10:48 am

I don't see how this overpriced garbage gets a 10/10 score. First of all its only 1080p, not 4K like the Sony VW1000ES, and it can't even produce a black level near the quality of VW1000ES or JVC X-90. the ANSI contrast of the VW1000ES blows this off the water, as does its on/off contrast. the X-90, due to lower brightness, doesn't match the ANSI contrast, but blows its on/off contrast OFF THE WATER. the sharpness, details, resolution, Reality Creation, ANSI contrast ratio, on/off contrast, high dynamic range in bright images, shadow detail in dark images, 6500K colours with errors less than 0.7 of the VW1000ES make it a MUCH better projector, at a lower price!

Psilocybe

December 28, 2012, 9:06 pm

FAIL. You obviously are some schmuck who drools over printed specs that aren't regulated. Maybe you think that a Ford Mustang is better than a Ferrari because of the lower price point and printed specs. Your ignorance is in print! Though, if you ever had the chance to see a shoot-out between these models, I wonder if you would eat crow.

sweor

September 3, 2013, 2:48 pm

i had recently the chance to view a Mico M150 side by side with a VW1000 ES: With 2K material there is no match between this two giants. Sim2 wins hands down

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