- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 13 February 2014
The SIM2 SUPER LUMIS Projector On The Bench
All measurements are done from the projector lens to remove the screen as a variable. A C6 colorimeter is profiled using an i1Pro spectrometer and CalMAN 5.2.0 software is used with an AccuPel DVG-5000 pattern generator.
I made no adjustments to the SIM2 beyond what you can do without calibration equipment. I set the Brightness and Contrast controls to avoid clipping, I adjusted the Color and Tint slightly, and I used the presets. With the HDTV color space (Rec. 709) and a D65 color point it is very close. The grayscale is very good with no visible errors at all and an average dE2000 of 1.62. The gamma tracks very close to my desired 2.4 as well at 2.38.
In the colors there is a bit of an issue with blue but all the other colors are free of issues. Measuring blue error, especially at lower saturations, is very tricky as there is very little light to measure. There is some slight blue error but I didn't notice it in my time viewing it.
SIM2 also has a software package, their Live Colours Calibration, which lets you dial in these settings beyond the user tools. With my screen I don't find them to be necessary. If you have a screen that isn't truly color neutral, perhaps a Black Diamond, then this will let you adjust the SIM2 SUPER LUMIS to account for that.
The video processing in the SIM2 is very good as well. It passes the full luma and chroma resolution from all colorspaces I tested it with. It also does well with 2:2 and 3:2 deinterlacing. I imagine anyone spending this much on a projector would pair it with a video processor to handle those duties, though.
Using a lux meter I measured just over 2,000 lumens off the SUPER LUMIS and a native contrast ratio of 5,000:1. That contrast ratio is very good for a DLP projector. The lumens number seems low compared to the specifications but my bulb had a large number of hours on it and I was using the high-contrast lens which drops the light output. Still it provided over 45 ftL of light on my 122" 2.40 screen in low lamp mode. The brightness was closer to an LCD than a projector and I had no trouble watching football with the lights on.
If you want to play video games on the SUPER LUMIS you will be perfectly fine. The input lag measures in at a very nice 22.2 ms using the Leo Bodnar lag tester. All three locations have the exact same measurement as well. This is very fast for a home display and you won't be able to blame the SIM2 if your gaming skills aren't up to par.