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Marantz VP 15S1

Marantz VP 15S1
alaScore 85

13 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Marantz VP 15S1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability. The image quality is also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the size and noise.

image quality, usability

price, noise, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Marantz VP 15S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector Review


Passion is what drove me to become a videoholic. I love good quality video - be it HDTV or high definition DVD. It doesn't matter if the subject matter is retarded African pigmy elephants, a great

Excellent build quality ; No real-world rainbow effect ; Excellent remote ; Best-of-class Gennum VXP video processing ; Custom optics with long-throw lens option

Expensive for single-chip DLP ; No horizontal lens shift

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector First Look


Marantz has once again released another iteration of its high-end “True View” DLP projectors. This time, the VP-15S1 features 1080p single-chip DLP action and a host of options for anamorphic lens

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Brian Kahn (

Marantz VP-15S1 1080p HDTV Projector Reviewed


While Marantz may be more well known for their audiophile heritage and electronics they do make some fine front projectors, which include the VP-15S1 reviewed here by Home Theater reviewer, Brian Kahn. Read up on his findings and see how the VP-15S1...

The custom Konica lens, coupled with the 1080p DC4 DLP chip provides a razor-sharp image ; The Gennum processor, as modified by Marantz, provides excellentvideo processing, including scaling, vertical stretch andde-interlacing ; The VP-15S1 can...

The fan noise can be intrusive during quiet scenes or duringaudiophile listening that also includes video, such as when you areusing your music server and its video interface for a music listeningsession ; The amount of heat produced by the projector,...

Marantz's VP-15S1 offers stellar performance at a reasonable price. Theserious videophile may notice that the VP-15S1's low light detail orcolor accuracy suffers slightly in comparison to the more expensiveVP-11S2, but the VP-15S1's performance in...

Dec, 2008

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Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Video Projector


Priced at $20K, the 11S1's aim was nothing short of best of the best pure performance. But the bigger trend in front projection over these last couple of years has been toward cutting corners and hitting lower price points. Enter the VP-15S1.

Dec, 2007

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Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Video Projector


Priced at $20K, the 11S1's aim was nothing short of best of the best pure performance. But the bigger trend in front projection over these last couple of years has been toward cutting corners and hitting lower price points. Enter the VP-15S1.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Shane C. Buettner ( Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Video Projector


Marantz' VP-11S1 was the first 1080p DLP front projector I reviewed, and while many less expensive 1080p projectors have come through the doors since then, none has matched that projector's all around performance. I liked it so well I put my money...

Superb resolution, Terrific blacks and contrast, First rate video processing, Natural colors, Outstanding user interface

Price (a little, not a lot), Light output still not as strong as competing PJs

The Marantz VP-11S1 was our projector of the year in 2006, and impressed me enough to buy it to use as a reference. The VP-15S1 adds some impressive new wrinkles that improve on the 11S1's performance in some key respects, and does so at half the...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Brian Kahn (

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector


Introduction I was a little nervous when I learned that I would be reviewing Marantz's new VP-15S1 projector. I know this sounds a little odd, especially when you consider that the staff at and I have been overwhelmingly impressed with...

Jan, 2001


Expert review by : John Archer (

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector


Marantz flexes its lesser-known projector arm and comes up with the pricey yet impressive VP-15S1.

There's no denying that the Marantz 15S1 isn't cheap at the best part of six grand, and I'd also have to question if its extra colour intensity is enough to justify it costing £1,500 more than JVC's HD100. But for now, at least, it can proudly call...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Marantz VP-15S1 review


With its punchy picture, ease of set-up, sharp edges and lack of noise, this Marantz is an obvious five-star buy

Combines incredibly sharp and detailed pictures with very punchy whites and an impressive black performance ; creates pictures with real sense of depth

Colours are ever-so-slightly on the pale side of neutral ; £6000 is pretty expensive

The ’15S1 offers a truly stellar performance – it’s the one to get if money’s not a concern

May, 2008

Expert review by : TechRadar (

Marantz VP-15S1 review


Marantz pushes DarkChip3 projection to the max with its latest Full HD projector

Remarkable clarity and accuracy ; excellent build quality ; great processing

Heavy ; six-segment colour wheel may produce rainbow effect

It's weight could be an issue for some, but the stunning image quality will win you over

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications

Seductive. Involving. Lush. Realistic. Amazing. Seamless Filmlike. These are some of the words used to describe the image projected by Marantz's newest video projector, the VP-15S1. A few moments spent looking at the picture are all it takes. With over 2 megapixels displayed (1920 x 1080), this projector has been six years in development and represents Marantz best performance vs price ever. Starting with the die-cast aluminum chassis of the VP-12 series, coupled with the latest in custom fully sealed 13 element all-glass optics from Konica-Minolta, Marantz add customized color filters 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 and focused from edge to edge, but the colors will be accurate, pure and fully saturated for breathtaking realism. Three Dimensional. Crisp. Relaxing. In addition to having color filters in the color wheel, it now spins at 9,000 RPM which correlates to a color frame rate of 5x, making color breakup (rainbow effect or RBE) a thing of the past. A wheel spinning that fast would be noisy, if it weren't for the Fluid Dynamic Bearing motor, borrowed from Hard Disc Drive (HDD) technology, for silent and reliable operation. Detailed. Sharp. Accurate. All of the resolution in the world won't do any good if the video processing isn't up to the task. As a matter of fact, super high resolution can hurt the image if the processor isn't great. With that in mind, Marantz are using the latest processing algorithms from Gennum in their latest release, the GF9351. This is a completely programmable video processor that can do calculations on the order of 500 million floating point operations per second! This processor will take any input and deinterlace it if necessary and scale the output to match the exact characteristics of the panel.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1000ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1/1000:1
Max Image Size:21ft/21ft / 250in
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Max Screen Distance:15.4ft
Min Image Size:6ft/6ft / 70.1in
Min Screen Distance:10.6ft
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema/Presentation and multimedia
Type:DLP projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Marantz VP

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:2000hour(s)
Lamp Type:SHP

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video/Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)