Originally Posted by Charles R
Does it come with a zero defective pixel guarantee? I hope so since we are talking about hand picked chips.
Charles, Marantz doesn't have a zero defect pixel guarantee.
But from my experience, this is just to cover themselves legally.
To hear of anybody having any type of pixel defect is a rarity in its self, and i have never heard of anybody being refused a replacement PJ/Panel when they do.
I had a horizontal line problem with my first S3, and although the tech couldn't see it himself Marantz shipped me a new unit.
I believe somebody else had this problem on a S1/S2, but it was the dealer and not Marantz who were being funny about a replacement/repair. (it was out of warranty etc)
Back to the subject of the S1 and pricing...
I'm a current S3 owner, and a very happy one at that!
So when the S4 came out, it should have been the natural upgrade path.
However, although better, i thought it wasn't a big enough improvement to justify upgrading.
Like most, i thought it best to skip a model change and see what the "S5" offered.
I guessed that single chip 720p had been done to death, so the S5 would be single chip 1080p.
Each model change had previously been met with a slight price rise as to not lose it's consumer base.
I imagine that a lot of people really had to stretch to afford the previous "S" range, but could at least justify it with the knowledge that they were getting quality and the best.
Loyal "S" customers expect a new model to be within their financial limits, but the new "S5" sorry the new VP11S1 has broken any natural upgrade path.
Once it was announced the price would be above $15000($18000+), i bet many started looking at other manufacturers to save some cash. Or have started thinking of going the other way and have the attitude of "hell i may as well add a few extra grand" and wait for 3 chip 1080 DLP.
I don't doubt for a minute that the Vp11S1 will nothing less than brilliant for a 1 chip 1080p DLP.
But that's the sticking point, it is still 1 chip DLP.
There is nothing Marantz or anybody else can do about the physical limitations of using a colour wheel.(come on lasers!)
I do suffer rainbows, and the Maranzt S3 was the first DLP where they were reduced so much that i could live with them.
At the time, there wasn't any practical alternative apart from CRT.(which i had)
Although i didn't like the limitations of single chippers, i felt at the time that they were a good compromise because the rest of the picture was so good.
But things have changed, with the C3X and the VW100HT now being available.
Both these alternatives have their drawbacks, but the VW100HT at least costs a substantial amount less.
I have seen the best and worse that the VW100HT offers, and i can assure you that when it is good, it is very very good.
Most people have to justify their purchases, but a price increase from $14500RRP to $18000RRP may just stretch too many people too far.
I bet a fare amount of "S" series owners have now been hanging around the "H81" thread!
Having a projector used to get you membership into a a fairly exclusive club.
Nowadays having a projector is no more exclusive than owning a bag of golf clubs.
Every other form of display device has fallen in price, and risen in quality.
It seems for Marantz with price at least, this rule doesn't apply!
I love Marantz and don't want to be negative, but the VP1S1 needs to be $15000 or less. (IMHO)
Marantz may argue that this is a new model range, hence the price increase.
But i cannot see any present 1 chip 720p owner wanting to buy another 1 chip 720p DLP.
I know they have done a few tweaks, but this new model is essentially a chip change.
I will personally wait for 3 chip 1080p DLP/SXRD that can light a large screen.
I am prepared to pay for quality when it is a real advancement in technology or technique.
But at least for now, i feel any advancement in 1 chip design is still polishing a turd!