|Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector|
|Home Theater Front Projectors DLP Projectors|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Friday, 01 February 2008|
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There is very little to complain about with the VP-15S1. The fan could be a bit quieter, although I personally never found it to be intrusive, despite being only two feet from my viewing position.
Video performance is excellent, with only two areas that I would like to see improved upon: color accuracy and noise in very dark scenes. I believe that both of these are related, at least in part, to the use of a six- rather than seven-segment color wheel. These are part of the trade-offs that had to be made at this performance and price point and people must know that I am splitting hairs by comparing this projector at half the price to its bigger, more expensive brother.
The performance of this projector is very strong at any price point and surprisingly good at under $10,000. The VP-15S1 delivers more than 90 percent of the VP-11S1’s performance for half the retail price. The VP-15S1 has more light output and a higher contrast ratio than its bigger brother, so it will allow those with extremely large screens and/or rooms with moderate light control to use this projector. The high contrast ratio gives the image pop or punch similar to that of a good plasma television. Many of my guests who had the opportunity to view the projector with me had the same comment: it looked like a giant plasma. When I asked them what they meant by that, the general consensus was that the image was alive and vibrant, without sacrificing sharpness or detail. In short, this is a projector that is capable of producing a large, sharp, vibrant image, with very believable colors, good detail and minimal artifacts at a very competitive price.