Best of Stuff: SIM2 debuts £40k projector

Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are still embroiled in their cage match in What Hi Fi?'s demo room, but above them in the Fronsac suite something equally special i

Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are still embroiled in their cage match in What Hi Fi?'s demo room, but above them in the Fronsac suite something equally special is taking place - the UK debut of SIM2's HT5000, the world's first 3-chip 1080p projector.The company's new flagship isn't easy to miss - it's the 45kg, whale-sized monster sitting regally above a few of its more affordable Domino units. Luckily for Best of Stuffers, it's also facing a 12 foot screen and giving half hour demos of its powers.QualityThese powers are, as you'd expect for £35,000 plus another £5000 for the lens, considerable. As cine-buffs will be aware, three-chip DLP is the pinnacle of digital projection, and the HT5000 is one of the first such projectors to include Texas Instruments' sinister-sounding 1080p DarkChip3 chipsets.This means 1920x1080 pixel, progressive scan images - the best flavour of high-def available - which SIM2 was showing off to the max with a selection of trailers and Mission: Impossible 3 footage working the eyes, and an audio setup from PMC taking care of the ears. If you're in the Hammersmith area, there's really no excuse for not popping in and saying hello.