Sim2 MICO 50 Review

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    1. The News Bot

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      <img src="http://reviews.images.static-avforums.com/reviews/147/thumb.jpg" align="right">Reviewed by Stephen Withers, 10th September 2010.
      Overall the MICO 50 is a superb projector which combines a sharp, bright and detailed image with a wonderfully accurate colour palate, an excellent contrast ratio and reference standard greyscale. In addition it uses state of the art video processing that can handle any resolution or frame rate you might care to input. The use of a LED light source provides much improved colours, greater ecological benefits, a vastly longer lamp lifespan and eliminates the problems of dimming that affect regular bulbs.
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      Thanks for the review. Not that I have any money to buy a new projector - certainly at this price point - but I'm intrigued by comments about black levels. Does this projector have black levels as good as the JVCs? And if so, with or without the dynamic iris - which is for me the achilles heel of many non JVC projectors?
       
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      At last!

      Many thanks for this excellent (as usual) AVF review.

      A quick question, if that's okay (excuse me not being brilliant with the maths myself), is there enough zoom with either lens (ST or LT) to use this with a CIH set up?

      Cheers.

      Steve W
       
    4. Steve Withers

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      Hi Pecker

      You can use either throw lens with a CIH setup, which one you choose just depends on how far the projector will be from the screen.

      If you go to the Sim2 website there is a feature for calculating the necessary lens to use based on screen size and distance from screen.
       
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      Hi Jules

      I think the native black levels are excellent but perhaps not quite as good as the very best JVCs which are exceptional. I use a JVC myself and I sometimes wonder how they achieve the amazing blacks with their projectors without resorting to any 'dynamic' tricks.

      Just to be clear the MICO 50 doesn't use a dynamic iris, as far as I understand it the Dynamic Black function adjusts the gamma on the fly. As I mention in the review I'm not a fan of this kind of feature and in fact I preferred the image with it turned off. As I also mention in the review I think the native contrast ratio and black level of the DarkChip4 is good enough to not need the additional dynamic tricks.
       
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      Thanks for the review.

      I'm holding off at least a generation until the form factor reduces from large suitcase and cooling/LED PSU noise is addressed. :)

      Avi
       
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      "At 16,000 pounds it might be a bit expensive for most consumers"

      I know this is a high end AV website, but I think this is poorly phrased :laugh:
       
    8. Steve Withers

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      It's even funnier when you consider that the MICO 50 is one of Sim2's less expensive projectors!
       
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      You mention black level and light output, but you provided no measurements for either.

      What was peak output and the native black level?
       
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      Hi Tom, it was good to meet you at the THX course. Unfortunately I couldn't find any additional data other than what already appears in the review but I'll try and incorporate your suggestions into future reviews.
       

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