So I received the Marantz yesterday afternoon--gotta hand it to the U. and to Fedex. The PJ was even double boxed, however, the PJ box inside was upside down, and there was just packing material on the sides, not on the top or bottom of the inside box. Still, better then most.
First I have to say that the color, pop and black level are fantastic. It looks pretty much exactly like I remember the XV-Z3K to look, with a slightly better color mix out of the box. I know I will get flamed for this, but it looks just as good, if not a bit better then the XV-Z12K--although the 12K is built like a tank, did not get as hot, and had that lovely thing called lens shift. Of course it was also almost twice the price and at least twice the weight!
Chexi1--I tried it using the Panny XR700 as a switcher. It worked perfectly, so I think it must be the monoprice switch that is giving you troubles.
Again, the pic is amazing, however, I am having one problem that I also had with the XV-Z3K as well. This could also be a problem with the user.
I have it squared on a table--don't have my mount yet--and I also have it leveled with a level. However, the picture looks key stoned, with the bottom of the image skinnier then the top. I had to tilt the PJ down about a 1/4 inch to get the pic to look square!
I never noticed this with either my Panny AAE900U or the XV-Z12K.
Now just to be clear, my wall is not perfectly flat either--it seems to have been put together by someone that had a few too many by the time they got to that wall. However, it is not "that" far off.
Has anyone else noticed this with their Marantz?
It is not a deal breaker as the pic is otherwise phenomenal and I can always just tip the mount down a bit. Just curious if I am the only one or if I am doing something wrong.