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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Messiah, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Messiah

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    I hear there is a review of the Marantz 12S3 pj in there. If anyone has the mag is there any chance they could scan it and e-mail it to me (wattsn at btinternet dot com)

    It's not that I'm tight :), just that I can't get to Tesco's till tomorrow to buy it but would love to have a read tonight.

    Thanks.
     
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    Hello Messiah,

    I have the mag, unfortunately I don't have a scanner...........

    The review is in the new AV Tech supplement of the mag. Basically, it says that the S3 it the dog's ****ocks, especially with DVI input.

    The supplement also reviews the latest DVD players that provide DVI / HDMI output.

    Rgds
     
  3. Messiah

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    Ok, thanks. Sounds like there more worth reading than justthe S3 review. I'll get it tomorrow. Thanks again.
     
  4. tbrar

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    I have a Marantz VP-12S3 on order, so will have to pay a visit to the newsagents tommorow.... Everything I have read thus far would indicate that I have made the right decision, but reassurance is always good ;)
     
  5. Messiah

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    Me too. Due toward the end of January. was looking for further confirmation that my decision has been the right one.

    When you expecting to get yours?
     
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    hi.
    MARANTZ'S VP-12S3 VIDEO PROJECTOR WITH DLP™ TECHNOLOGY OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL HIGH-DEFINITION IMAGE QUALITY

    -- Next-Generation Projector Includes Significantly Upgraded Technologies and Features to Deliver Exceptional Performance And Installation Flexibility

    ITASCA, IL, September 5, 2003—Marantz America today announced the introduction of its VP-12S3 High-Definition Projector featuring DLP™ technology, a high-end video display device that includes significant upgrades from the critically acclaimed VP-12S2 to deliver a spectacular level of home theater image quality. The VP-12S3 incorporates the leading edge Texas Instruments HD2+ DMD™ chip and other refinements to provide superlative high-definition DLP projector performance, along with a host of useful features that offer exceptional installation and calibration flexibility.




    Extraordinary High-Definition Video Projector Performance
    The Marantz VP-12S3 is designed to deliver extraordinary video projector performance in every respect. It utilizes the latest Texas Instruments 16 x 9 high-definition HD2+ DMD chip in conjunction with a newly developed 1280 x 720 pixel panel and advanced DLP™ technology to deliver dramatically improved sharpness and color accuracy, with 700 ANSI lumens brightness and a remarkable 3800:1 contrast ratio.
    Image quality is further enhanced by the use of a new 200-watt DC lamp, which delivers higher, more uniform brightness while minimizing the flicker that can result from AC-type lamps.

    Its light passes through Marantz's exclusive ORCA (Optically Reproducing Color Accurately) filter, which filters the light to achieve better color accuracy, with more realistic reproduction of green hues. The light is then sent through the projector's improved 5x-speed color wheel, employing an additional dark green ND (neutral density) filter segment to reduce green video noise in dark scenes. To achieve optimum image sharpness, the VP-12S3 utilizes Minolta lenses specially built for Marantz. These custom lenses have double-sealed optics and mechanisms to prevent light leakage, keep out dust and eliminate any "halo" effect, and now include a variable (two-step) iris for optimum brightness in the widest variety of home theater installations.

    The VP-12S3 features progressive scan output with true 3:2 pulldown detection and utilizes 10-bit digital gamma processing along with Faroudja chipsets, which incorporate patented DCDi™ Directional Correlational Deinterlacing technology, plus video decoding and enhancement technologies to deliver extraordinary image quality from any video source.

    The VP-12S3 is compatible with virtually every digital and analog video program source, and for greater versatility and installation flexibility, includes dual component video inputs, as well as a DVI digital video input with HDCP (High-Definition Content Protection), to accept the signal from a DTV set-top box, DV camcorder or other digital video source and maintain a pure digital signal path from source to display. In addition, the VP-12S3 provides HD component video, S-video, composite video and analog RGB connections.

    The projector can operate in either native progressive scan mode or upconvert video sources, depending on the signal source. The VP-12S3 can display a native 720p progressive scan image from a DVD-Video player, HDTV set-top box or computer up to XGA resolution, or an upconverted image from any NTSC source, as well as 480i and 1080i images.

    Expanded Custom Installation Versatility
    The Marantz VP-12S3 includes a host of new features that offer unprecedented custom installation flexibility, operating in conjunction with an expanded menu system that enables easy setup, yet provides extensive calibration facilities including a wider range of color temperature and gamma adjustments. The projector now includes an automatic color temperature adjustment system, which uses a removable sensor to accurately calibrate the projector to the correct 6500° K color temperature. All functions can be accessed via the projector's newly redesigned, backlit remote control, which provides easy operation even in darkened home theater environments.

    The projector can be optimized to display both 16:9 widescreen and standard 4:3 aspect ratios, using a choice of viewing modes.

    The VP-12S3's Lens Shift feature enables the image to be shifted up or down and projected through the upper or lower portion of the lens; this function and its horizontal keystone correction enable the VP-12S3 to achieve correct picture geometry if the projector is not mounted exactly parallel to the screen.

    For integrated operation in a custom installation, the VP-12S3 includes remote in/out connections, an RS-232C control port and two DC trigger connections that can trigger two different operations-for example, the VP-12S3 can be set to reconfigure a dual-aspect ratio projection screen whenever the aspect ratio of the program source changes from 16:9 to 4:3.

    The Marantz VP-12S3 will be available in November 2003 at a suggested retail price of $12,999. An optional long-throw lens version is available at a suggested retail price of $15,999.

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2003, Marantz America is committed to upholding the tradition of technological superiority initiated by founder Saul Marantz. In keeping with this emphasis on quality, Marantz audio and video components are carried only by the nation's premier independent audio/video specialty retailers. More information is available at www.marantz.com.

    About D&M Holdings Inc.
    D&M Holdings Inc. (TSE II: 6735) is based in Tokyo and is the parent company of wholly owned subsidiaries Denon Ltd., Marantz Japan, Inc. and McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. Denon, Marantz and McIntosh are global industry leaders in the specialist home theater, audio/video consumer electronics and professional audio markets, with a strong and long-standing heritage of manufacturing and marketing high-performance audio and video components. A wholly owned subsidiary of D&M Holdings U.S., Inc., Digital Networks North America, Inc. (DNNA), owns the ReplayTV®, Rio® and Escient® brands-all representing award-winning technologies in digital home entertainment. Additional information is available at www.dm-holdings.com.

    DLP is a trademark of Texas Instruments.






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    thank joe
     
  7. tbrar

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    All going well I have been informed possibly later this week (Thursday/Friday/Saturday ?). However will know for certain Monday. Apparently Marantz got them in on the 24/12/03.
     
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    Joe, thanks for that. It looks like its a press release ?.

    Messiah, the only thing that I am slightly confused about is the HD via Component input. Do you know anything more about this ??
     
  9. Messiah

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    I was told day before yesterday by someone who knows someone in Marantz that they are not getting any more stock until their next shipment due from Holland on the 28th jan :(

    Where have you ordered yours from? Mine from Musical Images in Edgeware.
     
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    Order was placed on Avland, however the dealers that I spoke to did say the same thing. Ill await clarification on Monday.
     
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    That's a good prive on AVLand, but check your PM :)

    B*ll*cks!!! Just zipped to Tesco to get the Hi-Fi News but they don't do it :mad: So, anyone with a scanner got it.....pretty please?
     
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    Sory, not sure what you mean :confused: My take on that is that it is saying that it is Hi-Def compatible via the component inputs, which it is. i.e. You could connect a JVC 3k or 4k via component and get a beautiful Hi-Def image (Not HDCP I guess but Hi-Def). HDCP is only a requirement on a Digital connection to stop the ability to make a bit for bit copy. Hi-Def via analogue does not require any copy protection as the D>A conversion will lose quality so not enabling a direct (like original) transfer.

    Maybe I have this wrong.
     
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    Reports on another forum (here) state that there is a softening on HD sources via the S3's Component inputs ??. Apparently, this is due to the component inputs being optimised for DVD?, the way around this is to feed all HD Content via DVI. I just wondered if you had come across any other information on this?.
     
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    Hi Messiah
    I don't have a scanner but I'll post the conclusion for you,

    "While the VP-12S3 offers cracking performance with the highest quality analogue component video sources, you will never really know what is on your discs until you see them reproduced through a continuous digital path, uninterrupted by unnecessary D/A and A/D conversion.
    In this respect, VP-12S3 is a supreme realisation of this ideal and a property so hot that it should burn a hole through every enthsuast's wish list."

    :)
     
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    Thanks. Sounds good. Gotta find that mag now :)
     
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    Messiah, just to let you know that I am being told the end of next week, as opposed to the end of this week !! :(
     
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    Thanks tbrar. I'm still waiting to hear back from my supplier. I will likewise update when I hear. I am not expecting mine before the beginning of Feb (stock from 28th Jan delivery to Marantz) so if it comes earlier it will be a bonus.

    Thanks.
     
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    I have been told that my S3 will be with me on Friday, apparently it shipped yesterday to dealer. :)

    I have been told (by Marantz) that S3's are on allocation due to a shortfall in stock, so worth checking to make sure yours is allocated with your dealer.
     
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    Spoke to my dealer today and also to marantz who said they (the dealer) expect to receive their allocation end of this week or early next. Also spoke to marantz who said they are expecting stock tomorrow or Friday and dealer should have next week.

    I hope you do get yours for the weekend but be aware Marantz confirmed they have not received their shipment yet.
     
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    ... Me to !!, though as you say Ill beleive it when its here...
     
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    went out and bought the hi-fi mag reviewing your impending baby.

    WOW:eek: :eek: :eek:

    I have to say that I am enraged with jealousy and I think that at a minimum, you should reimburse me the cost of the mag as I feel gutted that some one, but not me, can own this machine.

    Alternatively, I can look after the unit when you go on your hols if that suits you:D

    Solicitors letter in the post > Messiah. Cardiff. Wales:nono:

    Cap:smashin:
     
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    You're in Bristol aren't you? Why not pop over for a few beers and an evenings viewing once it arrives and is set up?

    Awaiting the post man :)
     
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    Its a date.

    Although we have to get to know each other on the phone as my mummy always warned me about strange men (oopps wrong website) :)

    Cap.
     
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    I'm in Finland but planning a trip back to Wales just to visit Messiah and his new baby ;-) ;-)

    (actually, that's a bit of a fib... apparently I have to visit my family as well, but the main reason is to see Messiah's new kit ;-))

    Looking forward to reading a very in-depth review when it arrives!
     

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