Posted Tue Mar 2, 2010 at 02:30 PM PST by Mike Attebery
Looking for a high end player but worried about streaming options? Worry no more.
The problem with more expensive high-end Blu-ray players is that they tend not to have all the features of the low end units. It seems strange, but it’s true. High-end electronics tend to serve a single purpose, and the focus is on doing that thing really well.
That’s true of Marantz players for sure. The flagship UD9004 offers amazing video and audio processing capabilities. It’s built from top to bottom to deliver flawless quality during Blu-ray and DVD playback, but that’s all it does. $6,000 and no Netflix, no Amazon on Demand, and no YouTube.
Of course, the folks at Marantz recognize the streaming market. It’s impossible to ignore. That’s why they’re offering a free Roku HD video player with the purchase of a Marantz BD player.
The deal isn’t exclusive to the ultra high end players either. If you pick up a BD7004 or BD5004, you can still participate in the Roku program.
Source: Marantz (PDF)
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