Projectors

Marantz VP-11S2 Single-Chip DLP 1080p Projector

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On the Bench

Below are graphs taken with the VP11S2 in Standard mode, so there is no calibration (adjustments are not available in this mode). I used the HDMI input 1 and an AccuPel HDG-3000 digital color signal generator, along with ColorFacts 7.5 and their latest sensor, the Spyder 3.

Look how straight the color temperature line is, and how (relatively) smooth the RGB values are throughout all IRE levels. Gamma was 2.18, a bit lower than the ideal. The CIE chart shows that the projector has enough red and green, although both are a bit oversaturated, but the usual not enough blue. (The dark triangle in the CIE chart is the color gamut that an HDTV should be able to reproduce, while the white triangle is the color gamut that the display being tested is able to reproduce.)

In Theater mode, I was able to use all the calibration controls. Here are the graphs after calibration. The Color Temperature was very smooth, RGB values were quite flat down through the lowest IRE levels, and Gamma was 1.66, which is low.

Conclusions

The Marantz VP-11S2 is quite a projector. What you are paying for here is tank-like build quality, plenty of flexible controls, and a bright - yet with a deep black level - sharp 1080p image. I don't think anyone would be disappointed to have such a high quality projector like this in their home theater.