Fellow forum members,
For what it's worth, here's my take on the whole thing.
I have a VP-12S1 and couldn't be happier with it. Is it perfect? No. But, it's nipping at 100%, in my opinion.
The problem I have regarding the criticism posted on this thread is that apparently, everyone forgot that there is not a perfect projector in existence. That being said, I think everyone should calm down and wait for an "official" response to what most Marantz owners are experiencing.
Please read, "official". What is meant by this, to clarify further, is that Mr. Dan Miller of Marantz is actively watching this forum, and particularly, this thread and others regarding real and perceived issues with their projector. What he has clearly stated is that they care about these issues and are in the process of identifying them. Once a solution is attained, they will make everyone aware of it.
I would like to remind all of you that Dan could have easily pulled the old ostrich trick (hid his head in the sand) and disappeared from this forum altogether. It is not mandatory that he post here. In fact, there are very few manufacturers that give us the time of day when things are okay. Dan is still facing the issues here at this crucifixion party certain members are throwing in his honor.
In closing, big companies cannot snap their fingers and come up with a solution instantaneously. These things, by the nature of their complexities, take time.
That's my $0.02!