Also included as an extra are two service visits and two lamp changes the latter being a particularly big deal given that the Philips lamps at the Fuoriseries heart are costly items. In this respect it acts more like an expensive Xenon lamp.The projector also does an automatic D65 calibration every 30 seconds, to ensure pictures are constantly adhering to the post-production AV worlds standards. Lets quickly cover some other key points common to both projectors. You can, of course, adjust normal Superlumis projectors to compensate for things like reductions in lamp output and shifts in colour reproduction over time – but only by periodically calling out an engineer to perform new calibrations.
Its no bigger than many sub-2000 projectors, despite being able to pump out a massive 3000 Lumens of brightness while delivering a contrast ratio of more than 10,000:1. So its no wonder luxury Italian manufacturer Sim2 have elected to use it on its new flagship projector. These include the facility to keep your projector in constant communication via the cloud with Sim2. Its a full HD model only.
Theres a rather large elephant in the room when discussing the Fuoriseries feature count that we cant just ignore especially when talking about an 80 grand spend: 4K. Its all about putting the customer first. Nothing weve covered so far, though, really explains why the Fuoriserie should cost more than twice as much as Sim2s jaw-dropping Superlumis projector. So, for instance, if the projectors self-diagnostic routines detect a potential problem it can automatically dial home to report the issue, enabling a dealer to be pro-active about organising a fix.
This may sound like some kind of fish oil AV quackery to some of our more cynical users. Crucially given that you dont tend to run projectors as continually as you do a TV, the Fuoriserie can even make its reports when in standby. Not the 3D kit, with its four free pairs of active shutter glasses; thats the same as you get with the Superlumis.First, the Fuoriserie carries a five-year warranty rather than the two-year one offered with the Superlumis.
For starters, the projector carries built in web pages you can access via your computer and home network to help you get the best from your Fuoriserie experience. But we should point out JVC does a broadly similar thing with its top-end projectors, with obvious and welcome picture quality benefits. For if theres a more beautiful looking projector out there in the world today we havent seen it. But while the Superlumiss extraordinary talents made its lack of 4K support much easier to accept than expected, we have to say were finding 4Ks absence rather less palatable now the price has ballooned to 80,000.
The word Fuoriserie in Italian is used mainly in the car industry to describe a custom-built, high-performance, exclusive, and almost always highly expensive item. What makes this feature particularly welcome is the fact that it enables the Fuoriserie to constantly compensate for adjustments in the projectors optics that naturally occur over a projectors life-time. Another part of the value added service pack with the Fuoriserie is that, should anything go wrong with your Fuoriserie, Sim2 will provide you with a loan product to cover the time yours is away.Also remarkable about the Fuoriserie, considering how powerful it is, is the smallness of its footprint.
So without further ado lets start exploring these differences. The most potentially important of which is the use of hand-selected components throughout the Fuoriseries three-chip DLP arrangement, to deliver an advanced performance level. Having this done free and constantly by the Fuoriserie is clearly a boon, and should also crucially mean that picture quality is consistently better over the projectors lifetime.As noted in our review of the Superlumis, resolution is just one part of picture quality.
Or rather the Fuoriseries lack of native 4K support.Sim2 Fuoriserie: Set UpThis section is rendered pretty much redundant, really, by the fact that anyone lucky enough to be able to afford a Fuoriserie will have it professionally installed and maintained, while the projector pretty much calibrates itself!. This connects to the Fuoriserie via a USB port and hangs in front of it courtesy of an also-supplied bracket, constantly monitoring and measuring the light and colour properties of the room so that the projectors settings can be adjusted accordingly. Though it should be said that the huge data bandwidths involved with DCI distribution mean its likely to be a very long time before DCI is readily available in homes.
Even really posh ones!The Fuoriserie obviously supports the addition of an external anamorphic lens for people using a 21:9 screen, and as with the past few Sim2 projectors weve tested its 3D playback is enhanced by Triple Flash 144Hz technology, designed to eradicate the crosstalk ghosting noise associated with active 3D systems.For starters it enjoys that familiar, beautifully curvaceous Giorgio Revoldini shaping so familiar from Sim2 Lumis projectors, here given added pizzazz by the use of a bold red colour scheme that mixes high gloss and rubberised matt finishes to wonderfully strokable effect. For starters, both use a new Philips lamp design that avoids the usual projector lamps tendency to favour green tones by delivering a native colour temperature of around 6500 Kelvins versus the normal 8000K. Rather were talking about the included X-Rite I1 colour analyser.
Indeed, it can even create the huge colour space used by the Digital Cinema Initiative, providing a high-quality Rec 709/DCI sliding colour filter together with a more advanced driver for manipulating light.So much for the main differences between the standard Superlumis and the Fuoriserie. The Fuoriserie is a limited edition model only 30 are being made initially and if you fancy joining the elite Fuoriserie club youll need to be able to get your hands on the small matter of 79,000 Which raises one simple question: can any home entertainment product ever truly justify such a monumental price tagROUND-UP: Best ProjectorsSim2 Fuoriserie: Design and FeaturesIf youre struggling to figure out how to pronounce Fuoriserie, our suggestion for the first part at least would be to say it as phwooar.Next up are the Fuoriseries new network functions.
Which makes sense when customers to date include the likes of Sylvester Stallone!There are, of course, also hardware changes from the Superlumis.Being connected to your home network also enables the Fuoriserie to receive software updates whenever Sim2 finds a firmware method of improving performance or features.A clue to another reason the Fuoriserie costs 42,000 more than the Superlumis can be seen in the accessories you get with it.Its native characteristics also enable it to deliver a wider colour gamut. If you have any suggestion, just let me know.