Even our Samsung C6900 was a bit hit and miss about when it decided to play 3D into the Titan, though this could be because our player is a pre-production sample; Digital Projection reckons it hasn’t had any problems with its own C6900.
Needless to say, this is an utterly crazy situation to be faced with on a bit of kit costing £90k. Especially as the Samsung players we’re talking about here are hardly the last word in Blu-ray quality. A unit like the Titan surely ought to be fed an immaculate signal from a high-end Blu-ray player, not some decent but hardly state of the art mass market machine like the C6900/C5900.
The Titan will, at least, play Sky’s side by side 3D broadcasts with no problems, though obviously these are at a lower resolution than 3D Blu-rays, and you can certainly see the difference when watching them on the sort of large screens the Titan was ‘born’ to fill.
We found the projector’s 3D menus to be pretty confusing during our tests, though to be fair the Titan will obviously be installed professionally for anyone rich enough to buy one. The installer will also, of course, wrestle with Digital Projections exceptionally sophisticated and rich ColorMax and Xenon Color Mode calibration systems on your behalf.
Looking inside the Titan 3D’s bodywork for answers to why it costs so much uncover a number of key things. We’ve already discussed the spectacular size and apparent quality of the lens, but also key is the projector’s carriage of not one but two separate 350W lamps. This enables it to pump out a phenomenal maximum 6000 ANSI Lumens of light, which should prove mighty handy in countering the dimming effect of active shutter 3D glasses.
The projector also carries a three-chip DLP engine for fast-responding, noise-free, detailed and colour-rich images with none of the rainbow effect issues associated with single-chip DLP projectors. Plus it boasts Digital Projection’s startlingly clever FastFrame technology to deliver enhanced motion reproduction, and the brand’s proprietary ‘Active-3D sideboard’, which contains a ‘direct to DLP Digital Mirror Device’ high bandwidth input introducing what Digital Projection claims is less than one frame of latency.
The projector delivers up to 16-bit colour processing, and features triple-flash technology to reduce flicker and crosstalk when playing back 24p 3D Blu-rays. Mind you, the Sim2 Lumis 3D-S offers triple flash technology too for a third as much money as the Titan.
One final niggle to report before finding out if the Titan can deliver a performance worthy of its price is that while the XpanD glasses we were sent were comfortable and worked very well, they never seemed to switch off fully, even with the 3D sync transmitter unplugged, which must mean they’ll eat batteries for dinner.
Not surprisingly, the Titan’s picture quality is, in many ways, amazing. The amount of brightness it delivers is unprecedented; almost scary, in fact, if you’ve got both lamps in play (you can choose to only use one if you prefer) and are driving a fairly typical 100in screen in a mid-to-large room. Clearly brightness levels this extreme are capable of driving much larger screens in much larger venues of the sort anyone able to afford £90k on a projector will doubtless have.
As hoped, this level of brightness is a revelation with 3D content, allowing it to appear, despite the presence of active 3D glasses, with a level of brightness and colour punch that we’ve never seen before outside of a commercial cinema. This has a further benefit in that it allows the image to retain more detail in shadowy areas than you get with any less bright solution we’ve seen.