My Observations of SIM2’s SUPER LUMIS Unveiling in LA

8/22/2013 8:22:00 PM

As reported earlier this week, Italy-based projector manufacturer SIM2 is in the midst of a globe-spanning road show to introduce the new SUPER LUMIS projector as well as to showcase its other models including the native 4K, 10,000 ANSI Lumen output CINEMAQUATTRO that features a light engine co-developed with Christie, and the hand-built FUORISERIE, a special limited-edition product with a production run of only 30 units.

SIM2's SUPERLUMIS projector 

Residential Systems had an exclusive sneak peak at the SUPER LUMIS during the tour’s stop at the Actors Center of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Los Angeles, the next to last stop on the tour. As one might expect, the new model is housed in SIM2’s trademark fluid-looking Italian design, but it is what’s under the hood that counts.

Shipping now, SUPER LUMIS will reign at the top of SIM2’s existing line of 3-chip DLP projectors, rated at 4,500 ANSI lumens (2D mode) with contrast up to 30K:1 (in 2D Mode with Dynamic Black circuitry enabled). Given the absence of practical, smaller sized 4K chips, the resolution here is full HD, but the combination of the light engine design and electronics enables 1080 to be maintained regardless of the aspect ratio. Indeed, the ability to adjust to a wide range of aspect ratios with full screen images is one of the strong points in the unit’s feature package.

While anamorphic lenses are part of the range of options for the interchangeable optics, SIM2’s Perfect Fit technology allows the system to preset standard aspect rations along with one custom setting. Then with the appropriate zoom and focus for each aspect ratio to the specific screen size, the projector will automatically adjust to the correct settings when a screen change is made. Viewed in the demonstration at the SAG Center the switch over was quick and accurate. Control for the settings can be via IR, USB, or serial and there are three triggers to accommodate screen masking systems, screen/curtain drops and other relay voltage controlled devices.

As befits a projector with a $60K price tag, it is equipped for Triple Flash/144Hz active 3D and four sets of glasses and the emitter are included with the unit.

Also being shown in full production form after a preview last year at CEDIA EXPO was SIM2’s SIRIO, part of the company’s DOMINO series. A step down in price at $25K, this model has a single-chip DLP engine claiming 6K:1 contrast ratio, but it steps up the light output at a rated 6K ANSI lumens from two 350W UHP lamps in comparison to the single lamp in the SUPER LUMIS.

Five lens options are available along with the Perfect Fit technology for electronic, rather than optical presentation of anamorphic content. In addition to IR, serial and USB software control, the SIRIO also sports an on-board LAN connection.

Sherman Oaks, CA-based editorial contributor Michael Heiss is a respected technology consultant and CEDIA Fellow.
Michael Heiss 


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