Everything else about the Nero 3D-1 is extraordinarily good. Particularly jaw-dropping, for instance, is the astonishing clarity of its 3D pictures. If you’ve ever doubted the worth of the full HD active 3D format, the Nero’s pictures will silence you in an instant, as they serve up sensational levels of texture, detail, clarity and sharpness that are made all the more irresistible by the fact that they’re being writ large on our 90in projection screen.
The Nero 3D-1 also delivers an impeccable sense of depth with its 3D images, especially as the image’s seemingly effortless sharpness and superb contrast performance allow it to deliver subtle depth-perception ‘signals’ that other 3D displays just cannot reproduce.
The contrast performance mentioned a moment ago is a source of constant joy while you watch the Nero 3D-1 in 2D mode too, as it unfailingly delivers precisely the right balance between dynamism, black level response and shadow detail.
The Nero 3D-1’s stunningly natural reproduction of dark scenes and all their details - especially in 3D mode - is actually one of the main things that separates it from more mainstream 3D projectors.
Another is the immaculate colour palette the projector delivers in both 2D and 3D mode. It’s fairly common for 3D to catch out a projector’s colour capabilities, but when the Nero 3D-1 detects a 3D input it engages a perfectly calibrated set of ‘compensation’ settings to account for the impact of the XpanD glasses. It’s hard to express just what a profound impact this colour accuracy in 3D mode has on the immersiveness of your experience.
All this and we haven’t even mentioned yet that despite not having the Lumis 3D-S triple flash technology, the Nero 3D-1 manages to reproduce 3D images with practically zero crosstalk, even during notoriously difficult sequences.
Not having any crosstalk to worry about plays a huge part in the incredible fine detail with 3D images noted earlier. In fact, so immaculate are the Nero 3D-1‘s images that regardless of whether we were watching in 2D or 3D mode, we regularly became aware of things in HD and 3D source pictures that we’d never particularly noticed before.
Put all the Nero 3D-1’s considerable strengths together and you’ve got yet another sensational Sim2 success story. We’re long used now to seeing Sim2’s projectors squeeze a little more out of 2D sources than ‘mainstream’ projectors. But the Nero 3D-1 proves again that the visual benefits of stepping up to a truly premium projector are massively more pronounced when 3D is involved.
Inevitably given the £17,000 price difference (!), the Nero 3D-1 isn’t quite as downright astonishing as Sim2’s award-winning Lumis 3D-S. Its 3D images aren’t as bright, and there’s more judder and sporadic, faint traces of the rainbow effect.
However, the precision, clarity, contrast, sharpness, colour accuracy and stunning purity of the Nero 3D-1’s images remain so far ahead of mainstream 3D projectors right now that its £13K price almost looks like a bargain. Our time with the Nero 3D-1 merely underlines our feeling when testing the Lumis 3D-S that you just haven’t seen domestic full HD 3D until you’ve seen it on a Sim2 projector.