Once I’d soaked up the picture’s sharpness, I also started to take serious notice of the D60’s contrast. For it manages to deliver some really pretty deep black level depths without having to compromise the brightness of the picture’s peak whites or the saturations of its colours nearly as severely as I might have anticipated.
Now that I’ve mentioned colours, I might as well add that the D60 appears to have benefited from the near-obsession with achieving the perfect video colour balance SIM2 exhibits with its high-end projectors. For while colours might not initially look as dynamic and vibrant as those of many rival sub-£3k projectors, the fact is that for 95% of the time, they’re a damn sight more accurate. And that, of course, is worth more than any amount of gaudy showboating.
Yet more good news finds the image looking engagingly bright despite its rich black levels, and the dreaded DLP rainbow effect cropping up strikingly rarely. It’s definitely there over really stark, bright points of an image, such as the white shirts worn during the main casino scenes of ”Casino Royale”. But I didn’t notice it as much as I did on recent InFocus projectors, for instance.
Excellent though the D60 is for its money, there are inevitably still reasons to spend more on higher-spec models like the recently reviewed JVC HD350 if you can. The biggest of these reasons is the way dark areas seem just a little empty – thanks to a lack of shadow detail – when I’d got the image calibrated to what seemed to be its optimum settings.
The image also occasionally seems to contain slightly more noise than might be explained by the grain in an HD source, especially during dark scenes. Standard definition images, meanwhile, look a touch – though only a touch – more noisy and soft when upscaled to the D60’s Full HD pixel count than we’d ideally like. And while the whisper mode makes the projector quiet enough for most living rooms scenarios, the normal lamp mode ups the volume considerably, to a level that only a really quite large room would probably be able to ‘soak up’.
Don’t let the fact that we rounded off our review of the D60 with what might reasonably be called a ‘reality check’ put you off. For in the end this projector is easily SIM2’s most accomplished mainstream projector to date, finally managing to deliver a flavour of the brand’s entirely healthy video obsessions at a price you don’t have to be a famous Hollywood film director to afford.