SIM2’s M.150 LED DLP projector is built like a tank—a black-on-glossyblack
tank. I’ve reviewed several projectors in this price range that lack any
pretense of style, and often lack even a nod toward build quality. Give SIM2
credit for making a black box that is solid and actually pleasing to look at.
Inside, however, is far more interesting.
SIM2’s M.150 is a hefty, but elegantly designed, LED-based projector offering realistic color reproduction and excellent picture detail.
The M.150 uses three light-emitting diodes
(LEDs) instead of the traditional UHP lamp. In
addition to eliminating the need for a color wheel,
the LEDs have a claimed lifespan of 30,000 hours.
This is upwards of 10x what many UHP lamps can
do. In essence, you can treat
it more like a television, as
it’s likely to last almost just
The biggest benefit of
using LEDs is some incredible
color accuracy. Using SIM2’s
Live Color Calibration
software, installers can dial
in perfectly accurate colors.
There’s more to it than that,
though, as I’ve seen plenty
of projectors with accurate
color. The image that LEDs help produce just
looks a little more natural than displays that use
color filters or dichroic mirrors. More than just
accurate primary colors, the real strengths are the
in-between colors. Subtle variations in skin tones,
for example, are perhaps the
Close ups of faces reveal
another of the M.150’s
strengths: detail. Unlike LCD
and LCOS, DLP-based
projectors don’t suffer from
motion blur. Add to that a
huge glass lens, and you’ve
got perfectly sharp detail
at all times. So not only do
you see every strand of facial
hair, but thanks to the hyper
accurate color, you can see the different shades of
them as well.
The BBC’s Sherlock was a good test of the
M.150s ability to reproduce subtle, muted tones.
Many projectors can be ham-fisted in their
reproduction of the deliberately chill palette used
on this show. Here, the many subtle shades of blue,
bluish-gray, and grays of London and environs
were reproduced to perfection.
The M.150 was little less successful when it
came to Showtime’s Game of Thrones. Scenes in
the brightly lit Qarth or King’s Landing looked
excellent in their warm tones. Black levels didn’t
leave as much of an impression, however, in the
many night scenes.
Moving to a better source like Hugo on 3D Bluray,
the M.150 really wowed with some of the best
detail I’ve ever seen in a projector, plus stunning
visualization of the varied and vibrant colors in
Scorsese’s ode to early movies. The 3D effect was
quite pronounced, with no noticeable crosstalk.
The shot where Sacha Baron Cohen leans into
the camera was one of the first times I’ve had that
“reach toward the thing coming out of the screen”
feeling 3D is supposed to evoke, but rarely does at
From a strictly numbers point of view, the M.150
pumps out a reasonable amount of light. I measured
20.7 foot-lamberts on my 102-inch 1.0 gain Stewart
screen. This is better than previous generations of
LED projectors, though somewhat lower than the
average new projector and much lower than most
3-chip DLPs. A flamethrower it is not. Quality over
quantity? Black level, as I mentioned, isn’t great.
I measured 0.009 ftL for a native contrast ratio of
2,300:1. Not great, but better than most DLP’s I’ve
measured–likely another benefit of the big glass
lens. In person, the image appears far punchier
than these numbers suggest.
The fan noise is a little higher than I’d prefer, but
I presume SIM2 expects the M.150 to be mounted
in a soffit or in a separate room, which is too bad,
because the case is almost too pretty to hide.
I came away from my time with the M.150
deeply impressed. There is something so realistic
about the accurate colors, and somehow, even more
so when those colors are created by the pure red,
green, and blue of LEDs. The pristine naturalness
of the image, coupled with the detail possible with
the big glass lens, was extremely addicting.
Incredibly realistic color and
excellent detail combine for
a beautiful image.
Fan noise is a little loud
and black levels are not
• Single, 0.95-inch Darkchip
• 3-color LED Light Source
• Three lens options (1.5-
2.1:1, 2.1-3.9:1, 0.675:1)
• Motorized Lens shift (V
+60%/-25%, H +/-8%)
• Live Color Calibration
software (for installers)
• LED lifespan a claimed