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I am on the verge of making the switch from my old 65" RPTV to a front projector. So far I am leaning heavily toward the Marantz VP12S3, in part based on the comments I have seen on this site, though my own perception is that there are few real differences between the machines based on the same generation of the T.I DMD chip.

So for my questions ..........

1.) Is it worth adding a scaler like the Lumagen to get the best out of the projector?

2.) Does anyone know exactly what the 12S3 automatic calibrator does? Is it for linear greyscale, or does it include D6500 calibration? And how well does it work?

3.) Finally, while the price difference between a storefront HT dealer locally and one of the Internet suppliers is very appealing to me, I am very concerned that Marantz specifically states that it's warranty is only valid for their own authorized and specified dealers, which seems to exclude most of the Internet dealers.

I would surely appreciate any advice the learned users of this site can provide.
 

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I haven't seen the VP1253 myself, but I know that it uses faroudja processing. I would imagine the Lumagen is going to be a step down
 

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with these modern projectors any outboard scaler would have extremely small quality difference at best.


an outboard scaler in my mind is not necessary anymore
 

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with these modern projectors any outboard scaler would have extremely small quality difference at best.


an outboard scaler in my mind is not necessary anymore
An outboard scaler does come in handy if you have multiple sources (more than inputs that your PJ has). It does make sizing pretty easy between different aspect ratios of DVDs. I haven't seen the new crop of digital high end PJ's and their built in scalers but even the cheapie built in scalers that I have seen like the one in the Infocus X-1 looks pretty darn good. If you want some alternatives for inputs such as SDI then you will need a scaler. To get the above you will have to pay for it though. You can always go sans scaler and see if you can borrow one for the "is it live or memorex" test.
 

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Great responses re scaler - much thanks.

Now can anyone contribute any suggestions re questions 2 & 3 repeated below

2.) Does anyone know exactly what the 12S3 automatic calibrator does? Is it for linear greyscale, or does it include D6500 calibration? And how well does it work?

3.) Finally, while the price difference between a storefront HT dealer locally and one of the Internet suppliers is very appealing to me, I am very concerned that Marantz specifically states that it's warranty is only valid for their own authorized and specified dealers, which seems to exclude most of the Internet dealers.

I would surely appreciate any advice the learned users of this site can provide.
 
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