...OK, apologies, one more observation
When I was upgrading the firmware to the latest release, part of the process causes the fluorescent display to light up all the fluorescent "cells". Interestingly, to the far left, there is a "super audio" part of the display that lights during this mode. Of course the BD8002 never did ship supporting SACD or DVD-A(udio), but it makes one wonder if at one point in the design process if they were considering having/adding this support?
It's "history" now though, as I'm certain that Marantz wouldn't add that support now, but if one knew any of the engineers at Marantz, I wonder if that had been initially considered and designed into the fluorescent display "just in case", but later abandoned... and why.
Anyway, just interesting I thought....
BTW, we are really enjoying the unit. We had a DV7600 and it did a great job with audio and upscaling DVD. We haven't tried doing and A-B comparison with the DVD upscaling between the 7600 and 8002, but I can definitely say that Bluray looks fantastic on our Marantz 4001 projector at 1080i.
So far CDs sound great too, seemingly as good as the DV7600.
And as reported throughout this thread, the 8002 is a beast(in a good way). It is built "like a tank" and has the heft of one. The controls(buttons) have a good quality feel, as well as the general construction. This was definitely Marantz's(and Denon twin) concept of "high end" for Bluray, if not quite "reference", but nearly so.
These are going for about $300 now, and I think that is a real steal if you don't care about profile 2.0 features. If you want great DVD upscaling, lossless decoding, and don't need SACD/DVD-A, this is a great "universal"(again, no SACD/DVD-A) player.