I was down at RTFMs today, and had a good look at the 250w lamped version of the new 3 chip C3X. Wow. I'd seen other 3chip DLPs, but this Sim2 designed 3 chipper is a noticable improvement over those. They've done a great job to what amounts to double the performance at half the price! Of course it was bright, but what I first noticed was how deep the black level was - MIB II Superbit was on and that had some good dark sequences with an impressive black level. Out of curiosity we tried some ND filters and a polarising filter I had handy to dim it down to C3X Lite levels (the 150w model), and even then it never looked dim, but the black level looked even deeper. It has an adjustable lamp that goes from 200w to 250w so that makes it quite flexible. If you want a good movie-like black level, add an ND2 filter, If you want to watch sports during the day or with the lights on, then take it off. Failing that, fit a 15ft wide unity gain screen for 12ft lamberts in low lamp mode, and ramp it up for sports or to take into account lamp aging. Go even bigger if you choose a screen with 1.3 gain - 18ft wide is easily attainable on low lamp! We watched some clips from Star Wars ANH and of course it rendered very well since the DVD is reference material as far as DVD transfers go IMHO. Great colours, with red being a good deep red, and not the slight orange the other 3 chipppers had. The contrast advantage was visible and with good source material there was no visible dark area dithering. ANSI contrast looked good with plenty of shadow detail remaining visible with the presence of bright surrounding areas of light - Darth entering the blockade runner for example - his black legging material was clearly visible with plenty of bright white surrounding him, and during close ups of his mask with the bright white behind. Jeff has a very dark Kodak 18% grey room, with drapes at the sides and perfect light control, so this of course helps control unwanted light reflections. The room is an important part of the viewing set-up and contributes to how much shadow detail we see in scenes with both dark and bright images within the same frame. 5th Element showed a great amount of depth where Leeloo jumps off and into Bruce's taxi, and revealed some good shadow detail in the tubes she was escaping through. I measured high lamp (250w) mode at 2233 lumens and low lamp (200w) at 1615 lumens. That's almost the same level as advertised which is 2500. Impressive output for a calibrated machine! Apparently Jeff saw it calibrated to D65 before he brought it back, so all we had to do was set the white and black levels. Increasing the contrast to crushing whites would have increased the lumens further and would have met the advertised lumen spec IMHO. The thing that struck me the most was the clarity in motion - moving objects were rendered with good detail and no blurring, and it's not until you see this that you realise where single chip models are struggling. I watched Final Flight of the Osiris from 1X seating distance and I've never seen this mini-movie rendered with such detail or crispness. I was seeing background dark area detail that I hadn't seen so clearly before, and I've watched this sequence many times on digital projectors and even on a Barco CRT, and this Sim has really impressed me in it's ability here by being clearly superior. There was no dark area dithering that I could see, and I never noticed any image noise in this sequence - admitted that this was a CGI movie so would probably have less mpg noise than normal, but the improvement was so noticable I couldn't help but be impressed and astonished (and that doesn't happen very often. ). This is the first pj that I could live with above cinema levels of reflectance - we were watching at around 38 ft lamberts on Jeffs 104inch wide screen and it just seemed to make the images jump of the screen without adding additional unwanted elements. If this sequence was good, I can't wait to see what Blu-Ray and other Hi Def transfers will look like on it. The future's bright - the future's Sim2 The only negative I was aware of was the same as with the earlier 3 chip machines, and that was it's ability to reveal detail meant that a poor transfer or a poor set-up would show up on the screen (crap in, crap out), but fortunately DVDs tend to be of good quality by and large these days so we shouldn't see much mpg blocking going on. If you want to smooth the image for closer seating distances or to just soften the image, then some slight defocussing would help or use an IMX lens. If you're a high end CRT owner waiting for to go digital, then this could well be what you were waiting for. We watched all the material we saw via a Uvem HTPC and a Pioneer 868i using the DVI/HDMI connection as a comparison. We also saw some SD Freeview TV which looked OK but of course was not to the same quality as the DVDs we'd seen. I have to say thanks to Jeff for his hospitality and allowing me to view this new addition to the Sim2 range. This is just the first Sim2 designed 3 chip DLP of course, so I can only drool at the prospect of better machines at cheaper prices and of course 1080 is on the horizon. £10,995 may currently be out of the price range of many of us (C3X Lite), but don't forget the first 1280 x 720 res projectors were too at one stage and cost almost as much, but now look how much they cost. Gary.