Posted Tue Aug 4, 2009 at 08:00 AM PDT by Mike Attebery
The flagship player from Marantz represents, according to the press release, the pinnacle of home entertainment audio and video reproduction. At $6000, it sure better!
Marantz says this player will play virtually any 12mm audio or video disc ever created. A pair of Sharc DSPs are onboard decode HD audio, and the 32-bit floating point Analog Devices DSP gives the purest sound possible. When using the player for audio, video output can even be shut down to ensure that the unit is focused on sound and sound alone.
Dual HDMI outputs allow for audio and video to be sent separately. Video is sent out with 36-bit Deep Color and a 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset. Those recreating the cinema experience in the home will note the addition of a digital Vertical Stretch feature, which eliminates black bars without adding distortion or artifacts. An Ethernet port is available for BD-Live features, but at $6,000, is the inclusion Wi-Fi really too much to ask?
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