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Marantz VP12S4

Marantz VP12S4
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6 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and usability, but there are some negative views about the noise and size.

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Marantz VP-12S4 DLP Projector


So, that's the pickle that I'm in with the Marantz VP-12S4. It's a DarkChip3 720P single-chip DLP projector from a noble lineage that's delivered some of the finest performance yet seen from DLP front projection. It ain't 1080P, but it's here and you...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Shane C. Buettner (

Marantz VP-12S4 DLP Projector


Walking around at CES 2006 it wasn't difficult to ascertain what's coming down the road in video: 1080P and lots of it. While in years past it's been simple to embrace 720P front projection due to the lack of 1920x1080 HD sources, that argument is...

Deep, inky blacks

Low-ish light output

I can't pretend that this isn't an awkward time to be discussing a premium-priced, single-chip, 720P DLP front projector, let alone considering the purchase of one. Marantz has to acknowledge this too- it was one of many manufacturers showing static...

Mar, 2006

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Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Marantz VP12S4


This Marantz projector is fairly large (18.6"w x 15.9"d x 5.2"h), slightly off white, with an lens mounted off center. It offers manual lens shift that dials in effortlessly - and most importantly has lots of range - more, I think - than any other...

Exceptional Image Quality ; Film-like performance ; 10 bit color handling (over 1 billion colors) for smooth gradations, flesh tones, etc ; Excellent black levels with almost no "black crush ; Multiple inputs (2 HDMI and 2 component video of note) ; 3...

Slightly noisier than most ; Remote not fully backlit - small - buttons all close to each other ; Relatively expensive compared to many other Darkchip 3 DLP projectors

Now if you run out and put one in your theater, drop me an email, I can't wait to get some feedback from owners of this new machine

May, 2005

Expert review by : B.Greenway (

Marantz VP-12S4 review


I assume every custom installation business has a ‘bag of tricks' they go to for discriminating customers who want and appreciate the best. I know our firm has that area covered, specifically in the video department. All throughout 2004 our go-to high...

It feels weird mentioning It feels weird mentioning $14,499 in the same sentence as the word value, but if you take a look at other high-end DLP projectors and what they are likely to retail for, then the VP-12S4 suddenly appears to be just that, a...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Brian Kahn (

Marantz VP-12S4 DLP Video Projector


Introduction Is the Marantz VP-12S4 the best single-chip DLP projector on the market? It is a question that has been asked many times before in many showrooms and many online home theater forums. The VP-12S4 at $14,499 is the latest and most expensive...

Jan, 2001