Sim2 Domino 20: test and review

The Sim2 Domino 20 represents the culmination of an almost unique approach in the small world of video projection. That of a society that has chosen from the beginning, to invest in the production of a range of projectors designed mainly for film buffs who wish to return home the magic of the silver image, as s’ appears in theaters. An investment that is expensive, as it is to create devices from scratch from a chassis and an electronic house specifically developed to do justice to the video projection.

To realize the Domino 20, Sim2 is part of the latest generation of DMD chip “micromirrors” giant Texas Instrument called “Matterhorn”. This new matrix format 16/9 displays a resolution of 1024×576 pixels which is ideal to PAL video signal used in Europe. What sign a real upheaval, since most models sold had to settle matrices intended to NTSC, which does not display the same number of rows that the PAL. The electronics of the device was to make a clever calculations to align with each other and is often followed by an obvious loss of quality. The Domino 20 first account on a chip DCDi Faroudja deinterlacing video, used in many home theater devices. This sophisticated circuit allows display twice more lines on the screen simultaneously, thereby improving the stability and accuracy of the image. It takes its place at the center of a specially designed electronic and programmed by Sim2, to ensure conversion of analog data into digital and optimal quality of color. The video signal perfectly prepared then passes through a new thumbwheel RGB six segments, which will colorize the light reflected by the “micromirrors” while suppressing the “rainbow” effects that sometimes affects devices using this technology. projection optics, as always with Sim2, was treated in all respects to express with minimal distortion the image quality. This is a motorized zoom for both the projection distance for the development. This optical high-end takes place in a completely sealed light path from the die to prevent dust from becoming an invite in the picture, caused by ventilation.

Simplified positioning

As on all models Sim2, optics Domino 20 is equipped with a mechanical parallax correction can compensate a too high or too low positioning of the device, according to an amplitude of about half a screen in both directions. To do this, simply turn the little knob placed on the projector cover to shift the image and place it at the ideal viewing height. This system avoids overusing digital keystone correction that damage the image a bit. Yet they are very present in the menus of the device and are effective horizontally or vertically. Originally, the optics of the Domino 20 determines a position of the projector to almost five meters of the screen to an image size of two basic meters. Other reproduction ratio are also available as options.

Behind the camera, connectivity features composite, S-Video, YUV component and VGA for computer games. It is unfortunately lacking DVI digital input. This is frankly a shame, but we can bet that the manufacturer is already thinking to repair this unfortunate oversight. 20 Domino menus resemble in all respects to those of its big brothers and we do not complain because they are clear and complete, with many customization options and the ability to record different picture settings for each input. The remote is very convenient but it is not backlit.

With this new matrix “Matterhorn,” the Sim2 offers outstanding image accuracy, but it is not so much that stung her the way she is returned that makes the difference compared to competitors. First, there is this outstanding video processing, capable of reproducing movements with impressive fluidity even on a poor quality signal. And it incorporates all the qualities of its big brothers, especially with a color temperature remarkably natural, both nuanced and subtle, quality contrast and definition in low light or impressive sharpness back plans to enter fully into the film. The Domino 20 seems immune against jaggies or compression and restores a stable image even on the most violent tracking shots. Another detail that will delight film buffs: the Sim2 is maybe not the quietest projector in the world (without either annoying) but obviously, its ventilation is effective since the lamp life is given for 6,000 hours, while the vast majority of its competitors announced less than 3000 hours. With its features, the Domino 20 is at the top of its class.