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by September 07, 2007
Filed under: Projectors
Marantz VP11S2

Marantz VP11S2

Marantz introduced the groundbreaking VP-11S2 High-Definition DLP® front projector at CEDIA 2007. The VP-11S2 DLP® Projector is the world’s first 1080p HD projector to feature the leading-edge Texas Instruments DC4 chip, which boasts increased brightness and significantly higher contrast than the current DLP chip sets.
The VP-11S2 is capable of delivering image quality previously unavailable in anything but the highest-priced professional projectors, including full uncompressed HDTV 1920x1080 pixel resolution for incredibly realistic, detailed and lifelike images – virtually indistinguishable from film quality.
In addition to its Texas Instruments DC4 hand-selected chipset, the VP-11S2 features HDMI 1.3 inputs with Deep Color™ capability and also includes the Gennum GF9351, a completely programmable video processor that can do calculations on the order of 500 million floating point operations per second. It features both standard and long-throw lens options, and thanks to the advanced True View system from Marantz®, it can be retrofitted for use with Marantz’ optional anamorphic lens systems.
The VP-11S2 is designed for maximum installation ease and compatibility with all types of components and home entertainment systems. In addition to its HDMI 1.3 input, the VP-11S2 provides HD component video, S-video, composite video and analog RGB connections. It has a vertical lens shift which allows for the projector to reside at locations well above the top of the screen, which makes for extremely easy integration into even the most difficult installation environments. For integrated operation in a custom installation, the projector includes remote in/out connections, RS-232C serial control ports and two DC trigger connections that can trigger two independent operations. This allows the projector to reconfigure a dual-aspect ratio projection screen whenever the aspect ratio of the program source changes from 16:9 to 4:3 or from 16:9 to 2:35. In order to enhance its functionality in many different home entertainment setups, the VP-11S2 provides users with two lens options, a mechanical lens shift that allows mounting above the screen, full RS-232 control and more.
Adding to its custom installation flexibility, the VP-11S2 features a comprehensive onscreen menu system that enables easy setup, yet provides extensive calibration facilities including a wide range of color temperature and gamma adjustments.
The VP-11S2 features the die-cast aluminum chassis of Marantz’ acclaimed VP-12 series, coupled with the latest in hand-selected custom fully sealed 13 element all-glass optics from Konica-Minolta. In addition, the customized color filters are optimized to match the spectral characteristics of the industry’s only 200 Watt DC SuperHighPressure lamp assembly. This assures that not only will the picture be razor sharp and evenly illuminated, but the colors will be accurate, pure and fully saturated for breathtaking realism. In addition to having new color filters, the color wheel itself spins at an astounding 10,800 RPM which correlates to a color frame rate of 6x, drastically reducing the possibility of image-degrading color breakup (rainbow effect or RBE). To ensure quiet operation of the fast-spinning color wheel, the VP-11S2 features a specially designed Quiet Fluid Dynamic Bearing motor, borrowed from Hard Disc Drive (HDD) technology, for virtually silent and reliable operation.
The VP-11S2 will be available in November 2007; pricing will be announced shortly.  For more information:  www.marantz.com

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Over the years J. has constantly found himself to be an "early-adopter," spending way too much money on "new" technologies such as Compact Disc, LaserDisc, and DVD. He is one of the few people who actually purchased (and still owns) a CORE programmable remote control (bonus points if you remember this product).

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