Originally Posted by alebonau
What is very intriguing as well is that the marantz looks like a kissing cousin of the denon 2010 but with some tweakes and ends up weighing twice as much
They weigh effectively the same:
Marantz 10.9 lbs
Marantz's facade is a bit bulbous, which might add some heft. I would be willing to bet they are the same in componentry and performance. I reviewed the 2010 recently and found it a very good player, but will struggle to compete with the Oppo at current pricing - needs to land at $425 for non-Denon nuts. Marantz offers a three year warranty, which has a real value in my opinion compared to the Denon's and Oppo's. That said, I do not see this selling well outside of folks insistent on matching components for too far north of $500.
I would imagine them weighing about the same, I would say the avland website to have got it wrong at 10.9kg when infact 10.9 pounds. they say it has a strengthening plate to minimise vibration, maybe adds a little weight, but yeah dont expect it to weigh that much more. There is also mention of better elna caps in the output stage for instance. think thats all the marantz will be a few tweaks here and there. marantz are good at doing that. all will remember their 8400 universal disc player that was a pioneer under the skin but they added a very nice analog stage and other tweaks making for a very nice player overall taking it a fair distance on from the pio it was
dont really see this player for those looking for oppos. they'll just get oppo's.
this is for those I think this one is for those looking for players decent over analog. whether people buy the denon or the marantz, yeah I imagine down to styling choice and whatever else marantz have managed to come up with to differentiate itself from the denon I guess. which is something only time will tell I guess
Originally Posted by winston9332
why would you want to use optical on a bd player with that good of an anlogue section? the burr browns in this player are awesome (i have its twin brother the 2010) - i believe they are the same in the fabled onkyo 805.
Optical would limit you to lossy core audio
with players like this most I would expect would really be using either over analog or via hdmi. however as a fall back coax or optical is good refuge for those with legacy non hdmi avrs/processors and that cant quite get things setup over over analog.
it does have coax. but yeah no optical. really you only need one or the other. you can get inexpensive coax/optical convertors if optical is so important. I'd jsut use coax instead though if that is only means of connectivity
and yes winston is right coax/optical will limit the audio experience to the 1.5mbs vs the 24.5mbps available via the blu-ray format.