We have had an evaluation version of the Sim2 Crystal 45 projector for a week now. This is a $9K projector from Sim2. There is a slightly lower performance version called Crystal 35 which goes for $7,000.
It also comes in white and in person looks a lot nicer than in the picture.
The projector is unique in that it puts out a ton of light. It is about 3X brighter than other projectors in its price range such as the JVC RS series (rated at whopping 3,000 lumens). The result is that the image is quite bright and is able to fill a larger screen. We ran a test of it on our 16 foot wide, acoustically transparent screen which has a negative gain (i.e. loses more light than most screens) and it managed to fully light up the image to very satisfactory brightness level. Considering that our existing projector in that room costs 8X as much, this is a major accomplishment. Even in its economy mode it was able to light up our big screen.
The unit is also quiet (similar to others in its class).
Being a single chip DLP unit, its image is exceptionally crisp. DILA and LCD based projectors in its price class all use three imaging devices which due to alignment issues, tend to have softer images.
The JVC beats it in absolute black level so if the image is completely dark, then the JVC will have an edge. But because the eye perceives brightness as a relative scale of the darkest to lightest area on screen, on most images, it can actually appear to have higher contrast than the JVC.
I am extremely sensitive to rainbow effect which is caused by using a color wheel to create multiple colors out of one imaging panel (see [url=http://www.madronadigital.com/Library/ProjectorDemystified.html]Fundamentals of Projector Technology/url]). On this projector I can see it occasionally. But others in our office who are not sensitive to it could not see it.
I came in expecting an economy projector that was bright but broken otherwise, and came back really liking the unit. As with other Sim2 products, it has a very nice looking enclosure which while boxy, still oozes quality. I will be doing more in-depth analysis of the projector later but thought I share this high level information seeing how there are no reviews of this projector anywhere.
So if you are looking for an economical way to light up a 12 foot+ screen or want to watch movies on smaller screen without full light control, this is a very nice way to to go.