Marantz VP-11S1 Front Projector: Coming Attraction

  • $19,995 (22,995 with optional long throw lens)
  • 1920x1080 single-chip DarkChip3 DLP
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, one RGB/PC on 15-pin DSUB
Features We Like: 1080p!, full10-bit broadcast-grade processing by Gennum VXP, accepts 1080p signals, high-end lens assembly from Konica/Minolta, vertical lens shift

Features We Miss: At this price, three chips and no color wheel would be nice

Marantz jumped out of the 1080p DLP gate first with the VP-11S1, and if the accolades this projector has received from our sister publication Ultimate AV are an indication, it's the cat's pajamas. Marantz's 720p DLPs have been universally acclaimed, and in recent generations these projector have featured top-shelf video processing by Gennum and high-grade optics by Konica/Minolta to get the most out of DLP technology. Adding 1080p to the mix is expensive, but two million pixels are always the trump card.