Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
Anybody found an online manual for the Marantz BD8002 yet so that we can start trying to figure out the differences between it and the related Denon 3800?
I got an email from the Marantz USA Customer Support last Friday. The BD8002 is scheduled to be released in May (no specific date given). I have looked at Marantz's various websites to find further information and could not find anything, other than a press release at the parent D & M website, but not even a two page product overview on the BD8002. The press release provides like a product summary of the BD8002, but not the same information like Denon provides at their websites.
In an eariler thread about the DVD-2500BTCI, I asked the same question. Denon is more proactive in releasing product information particularly with Denon Jeff (Jeff Talmadge) who is the official factory representative who posts regularly on AVS Forum. His posts are most informative.
Too bad Marantz does not have someone like that here as online information, particularly at Marantz's websites (USA, Canada, etc. is really sketchy).
Interestingly, Denon posts the User Manual for the DVD-3800BDCI at the Canada website NOT the USA for some reason.http://ca.denon.com/ProductDetails/3242.asphttp://ca.denon.com/DVD3800BDCIE3_IM_006.pdf
Like you, I wanted to see what the major differences between the two units were as I will purchase one of them when I can do a complete comparison.
I found pictures online of the rear of the two units and they look identical with the exception of Denon or Marantz labeling. Even the UL file number that the Regulatory Engineer obtains from UL for the final electrical/safety testing and approval report is the same number on both units. So I suspect the units are far more similar than they are dissimilar.
The one big difference I noted on both Denon and Marantz units is the warranty. Denon is 1 year and Marantz is 3 years. However, if you never have to service/replace the units during their lifetime, a warranty is a moot point and becomes more of a marketing issue.
This is not a bashing of either brand. I own both Marantz and Denon products and will continue to do so. So if there is any criticism it is Marantz needs more technical information posted on their products at their website. As a number of people are interested in this unit as displayed by the number of postings on the similar DVD-3800BDCI, hopefully Marantz will take this cue and be more proactive in online documentation.