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Thursday, 01 July 2004
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Marantz VP-12S3 DLP Video Projector
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The Downside
Currently, there is a plethora of projector units capable of providing great satisfaction when viewing DVDs or other standard definition sources. Commensurate with its premium performance, the cost of the VP-12S3 places it at the upper end of the best single-chip DLPs currently available. If your access or availability to high-definition sources is limited, and you are not ready for primetime playing yet, you might be better served finding a more affordable option.

Another minor annoyance is that menu button is positioned slightly below the standby button, causing me to accidentally turn off the projector several times while attempting to make display adjustments. There is no confirmation if you do want to turn off the projector, so this easy mistake is not capable of being overridden without waiting for it to cycle and turn on again. In addition, if the VP-12S3 is intended to be placed in a small viewing room, adequate ventilation or cooling of the environment is suggested. This projector produces a bit of heat, and can cause a room to warm up fairly quickly. Lastly, though not necessarily a downside, the Marantz projector will only realize its true potential when the multitude of adjustments and image controls are set up properly. Unless you are a true videophile with extensive experience, I would recommend that you acquire the services of a competent, experienced technician, who uses appropriate calibration equipment, to get the most out of this projector.

The Marantz VP-12S3 High-Definition DLP Projector is an outstanding performer in every respect. Its use of the highly sophisticated Texas Instruments HD2+ DMD chip, on-board Faroudja DCDi video processing, and inclusion of the outstanding Minolta optical system places this contender at the pinnacle of single-chip DLP projectors. Aesthetically, the VP-12S3 is quite attractive and Marantz’s attention to finish detail and construction quality make for an exceptionally impressive-looking package. Via its incredibly powerful and flexible calibration capabilities, the projector can be adjusted to integrate into virtually any viewing environment. While doing an outstanding job of displaying standard DVDs, its high-definition performance kept me mesmerized. The VP-12S3 created a true cinematic experience, with an abundance of stunning detail and rich, accurate colors. Incorporating the VP-12S3 into my home theater system elevated its performance to an all-time high, providing immeasurable pleasure and enjoyment. Friends, family and acquaintances were all astounded by the sheer picture quality and overall affect this projector produced. The proverbial “wow” factor was off the charts with the VP-12S3, leaving every individual who viewed it unable to leave while it was playing. The projector is definitely a worthy candidate for any reference home theater video system, and is capable of achieving some of the highest image quality possible. Though it commands a premium price, I consider it a relative bargain for the boundless entertainment and enjoyment the Marantz VP-12S3 High-Definition DLP projector provides.

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