Pros: Picture quality, audio quality
Cons: very bad attempt at a media player, sometimes very noisy
In terms of picture quality and audio quality this Marantz UD7006 is tough to beat. But that is not really surprising if you pay EUR 900 for it.
Upscaling from DVD is also excellent.
When putting in a DVD or bluray the startup time is not bad - it takes about 20 seconds to give the first screens of the disc. The player itself takes about 30 seconds to be fully boot up and ready for action.
The menu is pretty easy with a few settings you can change - some picture and audio settings (PCM / Bitstream for example) - some HDMI settings - and some 3D settings. Also settings for languages and stuff like that.
The player is capable of playing 3D but I have yet to test this. But I guess this will work fine.
It also has streaming capabilities by hooking it up to a network via a network cable. This works fine as I have already tried this. Afaik it does not work wireless. It uses DLNA 1.5 and via this same network the player also looks for firmware updates. I have received about 7 so far in the 3 years I got the player.
But when hooking it up to a network the bad thing of this player comes into the picture.
The "media player" feature.
First of all it does not play all files. It seems very random what it plays and what not. When unable to play it gives an error or just sometimes hangs the whole player.
And files it does play it displays it with alot of terrible judder on panning shots.
This is due to the fact that the player converts everything to 60Hz. You can not control this yourself and force the player to play these media files at its native resolution of 24p. Totally rubbish in my eyes. This fact is by the way confirmed by Marantz itself. Too bad they do not mention this anywhere in their manuals.
Also when looking at the manual it only supports files up to 2GB and stuff like that (although it plays files bigger than this) - but why sell it as a media player when it does such a crappy job at it??
Watching pictures is ok, as long as there are not to many files in one directory.
Only thing it does good in terms of media content is audio content. Good playback of quite alot of audio files. But again make sure not too much files are put into one directory.
Unfortunately there is no support to play FLAC files. But if you really want to play FLAC files I can really recommend the program "Mezzmo". If you use this application to access the Marantz via the network and use the correct profile within the program Mezzmo (profile UD7006) it converts the FLAC files on the fly to uncompressed audio and the Marantz plays it perfectly.
This is a good way to avoid you have to decode all your FLAC files before playing it on the Marantz. Mezzmo just decodes what you want to play (if it is not natively supported by the player that corresponds to your choosen profile) and that is all!
Another bad thing is that it makes quite alot of noise sometimes during playback. Only way to stop this noise is by turning the player off. Quite irritating when this happens.
It also has a seperate DAC for analogue audio output (7.1). I have this hooked up and use this sometimes when playing audio CD's. I have to admit it is hard to spot a difference compared to the audio via HDMI.
Audio CD's and even super audio CD's are no problem for this Marantz - very good audio quality on that department.
All in all this is a good Bluray player when using discs. If you are using files you are in for a nightmare. I suggest you buy a DUNE HD Smart series.
In terms of quality vs. price I would say I paid to much for it considering that for the DAC alone (with its analogue outputs) it is priced about EUR 250 above their next Bluray model (UD5006 I think).