Excluding those of you that have already ingested a trove of info on film projectors and can navigate through "spec-talk" spectacularly, solid recommendations from industry insiders are good starting points.
We focus our attention on home theater projectors by Italy-based SIM2. The company is a recognized leader in the industry.
The Grand Cinema C3X, designed by Giorgio Revoldini of Designs Giorgio, recently received a 2011 Innovations Design and Engineering citation from the Consumer Electronics Association. It also received a product design award in the electronics category from the International Industrial and Graphic Design Awards committee in 2006. It is among the smallest and the lightest three-chip projectors on the home-cinema market.
This video projector is the personal choice of the highly acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. The creative force of numerous epic theatrical releases such as The Godfather, American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now, and more recently, Youth Without Youth and Tetro. Coppola reports that he owns two of the projectors for both professional and private usage.
Home Theater Review named the SIM2 MICO 50 LED DLP front projector Best Video Projector in its 2010 Best of Home Theater Awards presentation. It is a solidly built union. While the inside structure of other projectors are made of plastic, this inside structure of the MICO 50 is made with aluminum and steel. It also is larger than other projectors at 21 inches wide, nine inches tall, and 25 inches long. A key feature of this projector, which retails at around $22,000, is that it provides various lens options, including long-throw and short-throw zoom lens, which come standard.
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