Originally Posted by shalston
I've looked at the differences between the 1403/1603 and I think the only thing stopping me buying the 1403 is video up-scaling. We have Sonos, so no need for DLNA/AirPlay, and the room wouldn't work with 7.1.
So I have 2 questions -
- Is video up-scaling really worth an extra £120?
- Is there anything else I've missed that I should take on board?
You've done your home work and it does not seem you need the additional features offered by the 1603. That said, I can have my 2 cents:
1. Do you watch old DVDs (as opposed to Blu-ray) enough from your stock piles, from time to time? YMMV, and maybe I don't know all about upconversion, but watching old (SD) DVDs with its output analog conversion ON (a setting in the output setup screen), it looked much better to me. This of course depends on the source materials and thus the effect may vary.
2. Looking at the back panel of the 2, you'd notice the extra Component video inputs, 2 in/1 out. Do you anticipate any need to switch component video?
3. The network feature is more of nice to have for you. Would you "grow" into loving it? How often do you upgrade your AV receiver? Every 5 years since the last time? If so, I'll say you "armortize" that 120 lbs sterling over 5 years, or 25 a year, how good/bad can that be for the so-called future proof plus enjoyment idea:)?
I don't work for Marantz, just have a problem keeping my hard earned $, as complained by the wife!