There are three basic problems with watching 3D video at home. First, active shutter Full HD 3D technology causes the image to look dim and sometimes flickery. Second, normal TVs don’t deliver enough raw image size to allow a 3D image to dominate your field of vision like it needs to if it’s to be truly immersive. And third, many, many active 3D displays suffer with crosstalk - a double ghosting artifact that can really take you out of the 3D world - as well as reducing the sense of clarity from the HD image.
All of which perfectly explains why we just love Sim2 3D projectors. For essentially the Sim2 Lumis 3D-S and Nero 3D-1 models we’ve tested so far have no truck whatsoever with any of these three annoyances. The Lumis 3D-S, in particular, creates an experience that really does make actually going out to the cinema redundant (unless you have a fetish for those weirdly addictive plasticky frankfurter things most cinemas serve).
Not surprisingly, then, we’re pretty pumped to be spending quality time with the latest Sim2 3D model, the Nero 3D-2 - especially as it’s a step up from the already seriously tasty 3D-1.
We’ll get to what the step up means in feature terms in a moment. But first, since this is a Sim2 projector, we can't help but salivate over its looks for a minute. With a sleek black finish, gorgeous combination of curves and rises, and remarkably compact footprint for such a powerful machine, it really is a glorious piece of eye candy.
Its connectivity is more mundane - at least to the extent that there are still only the typical two HDMIs and single component video input you would expect to get on even a really cheap projector. However, there are signs of the Nero 3D-2’s high-end position in its RS-232 port, USB input, and three 12V trigger jacks, all of which should prove handy for the sort of custom installer who’ll almost certainly be setting your Nero 3D-2 up for you.
This installer will also likely appreciate the availability of three different throw-distance lens options for both Sim2's Nero models.
The Nero 3D-2 also comes ready, willing and able to be professionally calibrated to within an inch of its life using the same Live Colours system found on the award-winning £30k Lumis 3D-S.
It’s as we look deeper into the projector's specification that we uncover what distinguishes this model from the cheaper Nero 1 and the compromise-free Lumis 3D-S.
First of all, the Nero 2 is a single-chip DLP model, unlike the three-chip Lumis 3D-S. This in itself instantly explains a huge chunk of the hefty step down in price from the £30k Lumis.