I had a short time with an HT300 this morning. Enough to get a sort of handle on the thing anyway. This is what transpired. The HT300, for those who dont know, is the latest member of the SIM2 HT family of DLP projectors. It uses the newest HD1 chipset which is 1280 x 720 pixels and has light absorbing backing to help get lower black levels. It is utilising the Sage de-interlacing chip alongside a pixelworks scaling engine. This should give excellent video and film based material de-interlacing performance. The unit I saw has a nifty black/grey stealth case. It has the same noise level as HT200/DM/250 etc. Most of this noise seems to be the colour wheel rather than the cooling fan. Steve Hopkins from Owl Video Systems dropped by to let me see his dem unit. Its running beta software just now so there were a few issues. I stuck it on, fed by our TAG DVD32r and put AVIA in it to set it all up. Didnt take long to get things going. The gamma settings are not complete on this software though so it was set to a predetermined level by Steve. Seemed to be working fine on this though. Set contrast and brightness etc. Only thing I wasn't sure about was colour temperature. Both High and Mid looked pretty blue to me. Low seemed a bit greeny. I left it on low setting and proceeded to put some real footage through the thing. While setting up I saw a cinema or auto feature. I wondered whether this was a low light output thing like with Sonys and Sharps etc. So we stuck it to cinema. On went Star Trek Insurrection ..oh dear it wasnt anything like how I was expecting. Shimmering on the hay, jaggies between the canoes, pumping on the roof of one of the buildings, moire on the tiles pergolas. Something was amiss. We went back and stuck it to auto. Replayed virtually every artifact disappeared. Perfect two canoes, no pumping on the roof, no moire only visible tiles. Very good on this setting. Steve got the manual out to see what this setting was for. He wasnt able to find it mentioned in the instructions. I suspect it locks the processor in to 2:3 pulldown mode or such like rather than letting it decide on best type of processing. Of course, if this was the case Id have expected that on cinema itd have been better than auto with this scene .Who cares though. On Auto it was great. Tried some scenes from the replacements. Looked good.. Then put on BuenaVista Social Club. Much of this is filmed in video. This is a nightmare for de-interlacers. Put on the scenes where Ry Cooder and his son are riding through the city centre on way to recording studio. Look at the ledges of the buildings and the lines of the bike headlight. With most devices youre going to see plenty of artifacts. With the HT300 there were some (Id be amazed if there were none) but lots less than I usually see. Last little test piece was MI2. Pal. The third scene is a test of black levels and detail as well as colour. There is a girl dancing with 4 other girls round her. The four outside are wearing reddy orange dresses. The central girl has a much deeper more saturated red dress. Ive seen display devices where they all five look the same ..Not here. Very obvious difference. Its a dark scene too. Done well it should look dark but you should still be able to see the detail in Tom Cruise jacket. Turning up the brightness with some devices will help this but then the impact of the image is lost as it looks washed out and grey. The HT300 did this well. I didnt want to turn up the brightness, although the dark background areas seemed to put on a strange appearance of a solid block of black This was a minor detail though compared to everything else it does so well. Some SAGE powered devices Ive seen in the past have made the image look softish and I was expecting this to as well but it didnt. Perhaps its the quality of the optics used, I dont know. So far though its the best of the fixed pixel units Ive come across. Worth a look. I will mention that I did try this unit with both an external prog scan DVD player and a scaler set to output RGBHV (1280x720) and YUV (1280x720). While the Prog scan DVD worked with strange colour the scaler didnt, at all, in either PC or 32k component inputs. I presume this is a software issue. If you are intending on using a HTPC or external HD device capable of higher than 480i/576i then Id confirm this is functional for yourself. Gordon p.s. Didn't mention rainbows or halo as I couldn't see either!