Sim2 M.150 LED DLP HD Front Projector Reviewed
LED technology has become somewhat synonymous with HDTVs in the past few years, though one could argue it has failed to catch on in the front-projection markets. The reason for this may be the result of two contributing factors: first, early LED-based designs were dim in comparison to traditional lamp-based projectors and, second, first-generation LED projectors often cost more than their UHP lamp counterparts. Regarding early LED projectors' light woes, few possessed enough sheer light output to ignite screens in excess of 80 to 92 inches (16:9), which didn't put them high on enthusiasts' "must have" lists. As for LED's often higher cost, the value proposition behind having a projector that lasts 20,000 hours didn't resonate with consumers when the starting price was often triple that of a comparable UHP lamp- based projector. Additionally, there was zero savings at your electrical meter by going with LED, which flew in the face of conventional wisdom surrounding the efficient light technology and, for many, put the kibosh on what would've been the next front-projection purchase. However, we now find ourselves amidst LED's second (or possibly third) go-round in the front projection market, and the question on my mind is, what's changed?