SIM2 Domino

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  1. thedoc

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    I am starting to look into projectors and screens, with a view to purchase & installation 1st quarter of 2004 probably.

    I have been seeing the good reviews of the SIM2 Domino.

    Does anyone know if it takes PAL progressive component feeds, from a Denon 2800MkII player, and is this quality of player reasonable for this level of DLP projector ?

    Are the lamps user changable, and if not what sort of charges are likely to be incurred in changing one ?

    Also we want to project 16:9 onto an 7 or 8 ft wide (2.15 or 2.46 metre) screen. We would be sitting about 8 to 8.5 ft (2.46 to 2.62 metres) from the screen. Is this likely to cause problems, or is screen-door likely to be an issue with this projector ?

    Anyone else got recommendations for this sort of setup.

    BTW we have lots of space for long-throw projectors to be mounted to the ceiling behind us, just don't want to move seating back too far as then we would be too far away to comfortably see our 42" plasma.

    Ian
     
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    It should work fine with your DVD player.
    Lamps are usually user changeable
    One screen width away is pretty close for a device like this. You should try and see one in a similar situation as you may find that close you start to see just how the image is constructed. This is not just a Domino feature but a feature of all fixed pixel devices I can think of except LCOS/DILA

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    Hi
    The sim2 Domino is a fantastic projector as i have one,the source player i have is a tag dvd32r with progressive output,the visuals from this projector are breathe taking Blacks are truly black,and colours/images so vivid and sharp, especially in daylight scenes from good quality dvd material.Night scenes are also fantastic would recommend demo of spiderman dvd as this has a good deal of day and night scenes (I Bought the week it came out before reviews and thought i was a very lucky chappy)
    I Would recommend viewing with any source device you wish to use so,you didnt buy and then pick holes in what you see.
    Also sky+ was excellent getting de-interlaced by the domino with s-vhs cable at a 10 metre length,image was stable and unblurred ,no ghosting not far of of dvd quality resolution the same 720x576.
    The Projector is easy to set up out of the box,has manual lens shift to help what ever height you have the projector and is truly a bargain at book price.
    See My thread on Advice on selling a/v equipment in the classified pages and pm i would be happy to give you a demo,however that also depends on where you live,If you cant ,demo at your local retailer (sevenoaks sound and vision have many set up, also see jeff paynters website and give him a call he was originally a film camera man and specialises in Sim2 projectors)you should be able to find many threads on sim2 domino from the search engine on this forum there you will find jeff paynters website i think its projectorsarus.
    Also the lamp is interchangable but only through an authorised sim2 repair specialist.
    My Throw distance is 4metres and the image size was 1.6m wide by 0.9m high.
    Hope this helps
     
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    Hi,

    Been considering one of these as a replacement for my sony VPL VW10HT

    Does anyone know if the Sim2 will give a similar throw i.e can I locate it in roughly the same place as my Sony and get a comparably sized picture?

    Many thanks
     
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    I'll second Jeff Paynter as a good source of information and advice. Give him a ring and have a chat. Better still, get a demo at his place, and ask him about Bikini Destinations. ;)

    Gary.
     
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    Thanks for all the good advice so far guys.

    I have remeasured and jiggled seating abit. I can manage 9ft 2" between where screen surface will be and viewers eyes.

    I've found out an 8ft wide screen would give me slightly too much picture height, and I really should settle for a 7ft screen width for the room if I am having electric.

    Would we still be too close ? A 6ft screen for some reason just looks too small though in this room - and I think it would feel a bit less like the cinema feel we are going for.

    Any pearls of wisdom on seating distances, versus screen size, versus projector type or resolution ? Also is a Denon 2800MkII (updated firmware to PAL progressive) a reasonable match for this level of projector ? The Denon sure does look stunning in PAL prog on my Panasonic plasma though...(still grinning and he's had it nearly 6 months!)

    Ian
     
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    If I sit any closer than ABOUT 1.75 screen width, I see screen door on my NEC HT1000, and I'm currently at approx 12.5ft away from my 7ft wide screen.

    The screen door is only persceptable in certain scenes as I begin to move closer, but it gets more noticable the closer you get. Even with a 6ft screen, I'd need to sit at around 10ft distance.

    As you can't sit any further back, you should definately get a demo of a Sim2 Domino 20 and sit at the same distance you'd sit at home, and see what you think.

    Other than Gordons suggestion of LCOS/DILA, you may have to get an HD2 projector which has a higher resolution (1280 x 720), and will allow closer seating distances due to the smaller pixels.

    Jeff Paynter has both these Sim2 models on demo, so you can get a good idea of what to expect with regards to screendoor.

    HTH

    Gary.
     

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