Originally Posted by Catdaddy67
OUCH on the non-refundable $2k deposit, Ted. Specially being told about a 60 day wait, after you paid it. 8(
It seemed like we were looking at that being ready in November. You should look at the 11S2 anyways. Depending on how bright you want that image, it MIGHT be bright enough for you.
Blacks are more important to me, as I prefer my 117' wide 2.35 image on a .8 gain grey screen with an ND2.
In fairness to Richard of AV Science, he told me about the further 60-day delay and Sim 2's requirement for a non-refundable deposit of $2K for the red unit at the same time, and it was with full knowledge of the delay that I proceeded. What changed is in the next week, the Marantz VP11S2 with DC 4, $5K price drop, and current shipping was announced. Certainly nothing that Jason or Richard would have known at the time.
Back in late Oct/early Nov, I posted on this forum describing my just-completed home theater and asked for opinions on the Sim 2 HT 380 and Marantz VP-15S1. The $20K price of the VP11S1 didn't make much sense in comparison to the Sim 2 1080P. After evaluating all the info, I decided that while the C3X 1080P was a financial stretch (made easier by Jason), it made the most sense. Back then, the Ferrari Red C3X 1080P was a 60-day delay, which was OK because the Yamaha RX-Z11 I had on order and the eD 7S450 sub weren't due until late Dec.
Now in Jan, the other gear is here, but it's another 60-day delay. Last week, the C3X 1080P was still the best choice, for me. This week, we have the VP11S2 available for $5K less than the S1, with the DC 4 chip; and the extra performance margin of the Sim 2 1080P over the VP11S1 becomes much smaller with the S2, and with a lower price. If I were starting this today, I'd probably elect for the VP11S2, long throw; particularly if it were shipping immediately. One of the reasons for this change is that with production units of the C3X1080P, the pre-production specs have become much narrower: 1)reduced vertical offset, and 2) reduced throw range for the T-2 lens (but not so much if one is using the maximum vertical offset). It still appears as if I will be able to use the C3X 1080P, but I'm right on the cusp, and also right on the cusp of being able to use my Prismasonic anamorphic lens because of the Sim 2 lens offset. Again, this is the consequence of moving ahead before production is set, but as has been said many times in this forum, we could become paralyized waiting for the next better thing and never do anything. Again, in fairness to AV Science, by moving when I did, I did get the pre-price increase rates. All in all, I'll probably be very happy with my projector when it comes, but while I've been waiting the state of the art has been moving on.