Perfectly matches a Marantz System
This replaced a cheaper brand of Blu-Ray that had quit working. Since I had a modern Marantz stereo receiver (SR4023), I purchased this Marantz unit to match the look of my receiver, and as an upgrade to the DAC and video processing. I was immediately impressed with both the sound and video quality of this unit. It also feels much more substantial than the cheaper blu-ray players.
Stunning sound quality
Most people shopping for a Blu-ray deck will take one look at the Marantz UD7006 £549.95 price tag, faint and then pick up a Samsung or Sony for £200 or less. If they do, they'll get loads of extra features, a wealth of internet content and maybe even built-in Wi-Fi into the bargain. The UD7006 is sorely lacking in sexy features, apart from YouTube and DLNA streaming the latter refusing to play ball for us.
Supports BD-Live (with internal storage) and BonusView/PIP
Marantz's UD7006 sports most of the features we like to see in a higher-end Blu-ray player, including 3D capability, SACD/DVD-Audio playback, multichannel analog outputs, RS-232, DLNA streaming, and Netflix video-on-demand. However, for a player that has an MSRP of $999, it's hard to overlook the fact that it lacks WiFi support and dual HDMI outputs.
Good number and variety of inputs
The Marantz UD5005 is a mid-cost Blu-Ray player. Marantz promotes this Blu-Ray player as having a loading time less than a 1/2-1/3 the amount of their previous models. This player has a 12-bit video processor that ensures a consistently high quality from sources such as DVD.
Offers a Source Direct mode to output all discs at their native resolution via HDMI
If this overview sounds remarkably similar to what I wrote for Denon's DBP-1611UD, that's because the two are almost identical in their feature sets, yet this player costs $100 more. The UD5005's $499 MSRP is still pretty compelling for a universal player that also offers video-on-demand, YouTube, DLNA streaming and 3D-readiness.
Setting up the UD5005 was a breeze
The Marantz UD5005 is a high quality multi-format disc player that is designed to meet all your home entertainment needs. It is packed with features that target a more discerning Hi-Fi enthusiast, and has a stylish design that would look great in any home theater room.
Big, stocky shape, curved aluminium front panel
Unlike rival Blu-ray players from the likes of LG and Samsung, Marantz' second-generation deck, the BD7004, isn't packed with cutting-edge functions such as Wi-Fi networking or YouTube playback.
Its brief is rather different: to deliver the sort of high-class picture, sound and build quality that home cinema connoisseurs crave, without getting all hung up on prices or salesman-friendly gimmicks.
This approach is obvious from our first hands-on encounter â??
Supports BD-Live Web content and can play picture-in-picture bonus content
The BD5004 has the Blu-ray essentials--like BD-Live support, 1080p/24 output, and onboard high-resolution audio decoding--but you can find less-expensive models that add multichannel analog audio outputs, video-on-demand, and wireless network connectivity. This Marantz product has better build quality than you'll find in many budget models, and the company puts a greater emphasis on analog audio quality, for those who also wish to use their Blu-ray player for music playback.
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