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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ft. Collins, CO
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I just picked up the UD5007 for the bedroom (for reference I have an Oppo BDP-93 installed in the living room). My first impression was that it is a solidly built player and looks very nice despite not having the aluminum face plate like the more expensive UD7007 or the Oppo 93 (that I also own). I did the requisite research so I knew that the feature set of the player would not compete with the lower priced Oppo 103. The included app feature set is lean and includes Hulu Plus, Netflix (like all players cheap to expensive), Vudu, and YouTube. It has sparse connections on the back of the unit with one HDMI, two channel analog out (RCA), ethernet port, and remote control (for amplifier). There is a single USB port on the front of the unit. I ran the player through the paces with HDMI connection for shiny disc playback including blu-ray, DVD, and CD. With an HDMI connection, SQ is dependent, of course, on the AVR/processor, which in this case is a Marantz NR1602. IMHO, the DVD upscaling and blu-ray PQ is excellent. Next, I experimented with the streaming apps (Netflix and Hulu plus only) and DLNA. With Netflix and Hulu, you're pretty much stuck with what they provide you so pretty much par-for-the-course performance for these apps. Using the media server (DLNA), I immediately noticed the clean but rather clunky interface. Also, the player is not compatible with NTFS formatted drives. The Oppo is not much better in this regard. One thing I don't like is that long song titles and album titles are cut-off in the display but I consider this a minor annoyance. The Oppo does not do this except for absurdly long titles (see Red Sparowes, a post rock band). Also, there is no gapless playback as usual unless you burn a single file (wav). I have not tried experimenting with cue files. Lastly, I switched to the 2-channel outs connected to a Parasound Zpre2 and 275 amplifier and listened to CD audio as well as flac from the usb connection. I was really impressed with the SQ. I much prefer it to the analog performance of the Oppo 93. I imagine the Oppo 95 or Oppo 105 are superior in this department but of course they cost twice as much. I know that logically a properly designed and manufactured DAC should be transparent but to me the Marantz just sounds better to my ears than the "clinical" sound of the Oppo. Final verdict: The UD5007 is a great no-frills universal player with decent PQ and exceptional SQ. Music was always my main focus for the player and it does not disappoint despite the clunky media player interface. Is it worth the $600 compared to the $500 Oppo 103? If you care more about music than my opinion is yes. If you care more about features the Oppo 103 is probably the best deal.
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Living Room: B&W 804D, B&W CMC S2, B&W ASW610, Yamaha RX-A2030, Rotel RC-1570, Rotel RB-1582 mkii, Oppo BDP-93, ATV.
Office: KEF LS50s, B&W ASW608, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Marantz CD5004, Rega RP1, Bluesound Node 2.