Originally Posted by jonia21
I seriously consider the Marantz BD7004 as my first blu ray player.
I have a BenQ W5000 projector and intend to hook up the Marantz using HDMI to the projector. Since my receiver is old, I will have to utilize the 7.1 analoge outs. This is also why I believe the Marantz would be a better choice than the alternatives in the price range below the Marantz.
I have considered the Sony 760 and Oppo 83 (SACD capability is a definitive plus, however since I live in Norway, the Oppo is a challenge to get hold of).
The looks of the Marantz is in my opinion better than all the alternatives, and I do believe that the analoge outputs from the Marantz is slightly better than the other two, although it is just an assumption considering the nice audio performance on other Marantz gear...
So, my questions to you guys already having this player, do you think my assumptions with respect to analoge audio quality is right?
Also, I'd appreciate if you could also confirm the following:
1. Spec doesn't tell if DVD+R (DL) is supported. Is it?
2. Is layer change on DVD or Blu-ray noticeable.
3. How does this unit perform on discs with scratches, is it picky?
Lastly, looking at this from an all new perspective, if I forget the HD audio on Blu rays and buy a Play Station 3 Slim utilizing only coaxial output for sound, will I loose much of the "experience/audio and picture quality" compared to choosing a dedicated Bluray player?
Thanks for feedback.
As a person of Norwegian descent, greetings to the folks back east.
I own the Marantz BD7004 and it has become my primary player of choice over the Oppo. The disc playback reliability and BD image have been the key factors in upseating the faster and better and DVD Oppo.
I recently tested the Sony BDP-S1000ES, which is the 760 in your neck of the woods. Please read my quick review here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post17456588
and see video performance results by clicking on my signature.
In a nutshell for the indolent, the Sony is incredibly over-priced and its featured HD Enhancer causes as many problems as it solves in my testing.
For the question about lossless audio, you're going to get a number of opinions. The lossy core dolby or dts track on a bd disc has a much higher bitrate than traditional dvd audio. You will certainly hear a difference between the lossy audio on a bd and really lossy audio on a dvd. the difference between loss audio on a bd and lossless on a bd is less and some would same imperceptible. my opinion falls on the side there is a difference, but that it is small.
best of luck in your decision.