The M.150 continues Sim2’s gratifying love-in with 3D, using a ‘2.5 Flash’ fast refresh rate system to quash crosstalk. Also potentially very important to the M.150’s 3D performance is the extra 200 lumens of brightness Sim2 has managed to get out of its latest LED engine compared with its Mico 50 LED debutante of last year.
Please note, though, that 3D isn’t inbuilt as standard; instead you’ll need one of Sim2’s optional 3D kits comprising an external transmitter and varying numbers of of glasses. These kits start at £749 for four pairs of glasses and the emitter and go up to £1,500 for seven pairs and the emitter. Ouch. But then, if you can afford the best part of £20k for the projector itself, we guess another £750-£1,500 isn’t going to break the bank!
The Sim2 M.150’s extra brightness has been achieved without apparently reducing the vast lifespan of the LED lamps too, further reducing ongoing costs. Also you can even still turn the projector straight off without waiting for it to cool down – another LED advantage.
The video processing inside the M.150 is the same ultra-powerful affair found in Sim2’s Lumis projectors, and includes an element of it devoted to ‘smoothing out’ motion. Personally, though, we found the M.150’s motion handling to be so damn good naturally that we preferred to leave the PureMotion and PureMovie options switched off.
The Sim2 M.150 can have its pictures – especially its colour and gamma elements – calibrated to within a millimetre of their lives, just as we would expect of a high-end model distributed through custom installation channels.
The only bum note at this stage, really, is a familiar one with Sim2: the M.150’s operating system. For as well as having drab-looking and fiddly to navigate menus you get a depressingly plasticky, unintuitive remote control. Hardly the sort of user ‘front end’ such a premium product warrants. But to be fair, the projector will be installed initially for you, while day to day control could very well be achieved via a separate system controller, such as something from Crestron.
In action the Sim2 M.150 is deliriously good, emphatically surpassing the already-high expectations raised by previous Sim2 experiences. Particularly striking is how much better the M.150’s pictures look than those of the Mico 50, chiefly thanks to the extra brightness Sim2 has managed to eke out of the LED engine.
The advantages the extra brightness delivers are numerous. For starters, pictures generally look more dynamic, with some remarkably pristine and bold whites able to reside in the same frame as rich black levels. The extra brightness also helps the M.150 produce noticeably cleaner, clearer shadow detail in dark areas of the picture, making sure dark HD footage looks every bit as richly detailed and gloriously HD as bright footage.