If you've got a spare £5,500 lying about then you can think about buying the Marantz's UD9004 Blu-ray and SACD player. If you haven't, well, join the club.
So what exactly can you expect from your £5,500? Well, the UD9004 is a fusion of the flagship SA-7S1 Super Audio CD player and the very best of the company's Blu-ray technology.
In other words, this is an absolute beast of a Blu-ray / SACD player. It has a Silicon Optix Realta chip that offers the very finest broadcast quality video processing, including pixel-by-pixel conversion, 1080p upscaling by a 10bit process for standard definition images, detail enhancement, digital noise reduction and high-end analogue video output. You can even run the audio and video via separate HDMI connections just for that extra bit of quality.
For audiophiles there is 32-bit floating point type Analog Devices DSP for the purist audio imaginable with four separate circuit boards and a pure direct mode that shuts down the video playing elements to deliver exceptional, focused audio output.
The machine is built like a tank which will reduce mechanical distortion. The
extensively braced, chassis has a thick bottom plate with machine milled copper feet, sustaining mechanical stability and therefore sound quality. It weighs an incredible 19.2kg.
So, if you've read this post to its conclusion you're obviously still interested. Go get yourself one from Marantz. If you're feeling particularly flush - and let's face it, you should be if you're about to shell out over five grand for a Blu-ray player - order me one too.
Marantz, makers of high-end audiovisual gear, has just brought out a flagship Blu-ray player for people with loads of cash or an obsessive interest in home cinema. The BD8002 has full 1080p and 24fps output, as well as onboard lossless decoding of most standard audio codecs.
On top of that, there's high-quality upscaling for DVDs, and will play all sorts of stuff: VCDs, SVCDs, MP3s, WMA and DivX video files, as well as displaying JPEG images. There's an SD Card slot, too. The BD8002 is available now, and costs a lot of money. £1,800 to be precise.
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This lovely-looking black box is the Marantz SR6003. It's a home cinema reciever, so you basically plug a load of random stuff in at the back, and it sorts it all out for you. It's real selling point, however, isn't the seven AV channels, or the backlit, programmable remote, or the sound-enhancing MDAX system.
Nor is it the shallow design, 1080p upscaling, multi-room features or HD audio capabilities. No - the real star of this device, say Marantz, is the 256-colour GUI. It means that it's a piece of cake to set up, program and connect all your miscellaneous equipment, and have it quickly and easily sounding great.
No pricing or availability info yet, but as soon as we hear anything, we'll let you know.
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