So for the heck of it, the other day I felt like trying something new. Perusing the AVSForum, I stumbled across the Marantz VP11S2 thread. Then I remembered that they did not demo it at Cedia, rather they only showed the VP15S1. The VP15S1 was quite impressive at the show, and I found the same thing when I did my review on it. So I thought what the hecklet's see what improvements the VP11S2 might have. Well, enough to make me smile ear to ear.
The VP11S2 is Marantz's flagship $14995 projector. It is the first DC4 single chip (and of the time of this write-up, the only one), which is TI's new 1920x1080 chip that is capable of much higher contrast levels than previous generations. The projector has a full range of inputs, including 2 HDMI 1.3, 2 Component, VGA, Composite and S-Video. It also has 2 assignable 12v triggers, a direct IR input as well as an RS232 for control system integration. Marantz puts a lot into the quality of their product, not only for the picture, but physically as well. It has a steel framed support internally to minimize vibrations, Konica-Minolta lenses, hand-picked optics, hand-picked DLP chips, etc When you pay for an expensive projector like this, one should expect a company to put this level of detail into all aspectsand they certainly do. In addition, the VP11S2 has the latest generation Gennum VXP video processor, which in and of itself is a huge advantage.
The VP11S2 arrived the other day. Unfortunately it sat there, taunting me as I look at the box next to my desk. I have been busy lately so finding spare time to do a review can be a tough one. There it satcalling my nameJason, come try me out, you won't be disappointed. The suspense was killing me, so I decided to bolt out early for the day, VP11S2 in tote, and headed to my showroom for some quality one on one time.
The first thing one will notice is the size and heft of the box. It weighs just over 42lbs in all, and is quite large. The box looks quite similar to the one the VP15S1 comes in. In fact, other than the part number label I believe they are identical. Upon opening the box, I found a second box (which by now you all know I love double boxing), then a soft foam top layer, and then the Styrofoam protectors holding the projector. Yupsame basic packaging design as the VP15S1 (which is great, because it is of the best packed I have ever seen). Oh, after you take out the projector, there is a large foam base as well, with a cardboard insert that holds the accessories. So I got the unit all setup on my test table and went to town.