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Blu-ray player review: Marantz UD 9004
The most expensive player we've ever reviewed




For 6,000 USD it seems fair to expect the best, and the Marantz UD 9004 very nearly delivers. Fellow D&M Holdings manufacturer Denon is still top in our list of the highest-rated players with the DVD-A1 UD. But the Denon player only beats the UD 9004 by 0.2 points out of 10. As you can imagine, therefore, we're far from disappointed with the Marantz: excellent picture quality, excellent sound quality, even excellent build quality what's not to love?


Well, admittedly, we did have a few small niggling complaints: The price, for one, is huge, especially since most mid-range players now offer Blu-ray playback that's nothing short of perfect. How can anyone justify spending literally 10 times as much on the same picture quality? We also found the loading times too slow and we mean the you-can't-be-serious, just-kill-me-now kind of slow. Loading the Blu-ray release of Iron Man, for example, took two and a half minutes. Say again? Yes, 150 seconds worth of twiddling your thumbs.


Then there's the operating power consumption, which, at 58 watts, means the Marantz is only less greedy than one other device the PlayStation 3. To be fair though, the kind of people that spend 6,000 dollars on a Blu-ray player might not care all that much about the power bills a bit like monster-truck drivers.




The thing is, the Marantz UD 9004 outputs such perfect Blu-ray pictures that its playback quality barely comes into question. And it earns plenty of praise elsewhere: DVD up-scaling, perfect! Full speaker management system, of course! Multiple screening against electronic interference, check!

One interesting difference we found between this and Denon's top player is the emphasis the Marantz places on high-quality analog audio outputs. Where SA-CD outputs uncompressed via Denon Link on the DVD-A1 UD, the Marantz UD 9004 compresses the signal via HDMI and only gives its best results via analog cinch unusual, perhaps, but who are we to argue? These guys very clearly know what they're doing!

Read the full review of the Marantz UD 9004 at Televisions.com . Any comments on the device or our review are most welcome.
 

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Its strange you dont mention the similarities between the Marantz and the Denon:


Denon - Cheaper and has DL4

Marantz - Additional copper plating, very different analogue adio section (Otherwise the same)


They share identical Mainboards, drive and video section. It was interesting to hear your thoughts on the 7.1 analogue output.
 

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Another product that I don't have to expend a single brain cell thinking about.
 

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I do not see what is the purpose of this machine. For six grand could they at least develop software right? But no, this is too much for Marantz:


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"So the player can transmit SA-CD sound via HDMI, but not uncompressed, as is the case with Denon Link; instead, the Marantz only outputs it at 16-bit resolution and a 44.1-kilohertz sampling rate."
 

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Originally Posted by ap1 /forum/post/18147537


I do not see what is the purpose of this machine. For six grand could they at least develop software right? But no, this is too much for Marantz:


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"So the player can transmit SA-CD sound via HDMI, but not uncompressed, as is the case with Denon Link; instead, the Marantz only outputs it at 16-bit resolution and a 44.1-kilohertz sampling rate."

why the heck would you pay 6g for a player and not use the analog for sacd/dvd-a? HD movie soundtracks can be bitstreamed so the only issue if for those people who would chose to utilize HDMI for HD audio--and if you are one of those individuals this unit is clearly not geared to you--if you are looking for a transport one need look no further than oppo. That said, however, seems like a dumb decision for d&m to not allow for HDMI transfer of dsd...
 

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Wow, what a poor value! Doesn't look better than an Oppo BDP-83, doesn't sound better than an Oppo BDP-83 via HDMI?



What was the selling point again?
 

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I fail to see the point of this device. Surely the person who can afford a $6000 blu-ray player has a far superior a/v receiver. So this device becomes a simple blu-ray transport.


Also, why does a device in this price range have composite video out?
 

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For that money couldn't they make it load faster? It must be built on the BDP-S1 platform...(if you owned one, you know what I mean!).

'sounds to me like the BDP-51 is faster... But then the 51 doesn't have those flashy copper screws.
 

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Admittingly,I am one who bought UD9004 and A1-UD.Marantz,the more expensive than Denon,was the mistake for my decision to bought it,without reading any reviews and I found out that both units were the cloning,even the menu.The difference between these 2 units is the sound,Denon is always the better sound,sweeter and more details.
 

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Admittedly Marantz picked the wrong time to release their behemoth. Had this player been available say, two years ago, Marantz would have been able to justify their price far better. But since the release of the Oppo Universal player, BD-83 and several other's from JVC and LG and Samsung, all of which sell for under $1,000 and in some cases for under $500 it almost makes the Marantz blu-ray player feel old and outdated. There was a time when I would have enjoyed a big, bulky, heavy as all get out, tank of source component. But those days are over. The Oppo BD-83 is perfect for me, because it is slender, light weight, yet when you touch it it doesn't flex or give an inch and has an iron clad face.


Oppo really made a lot of companies in the high end a/v world rethink their gameplans.
 

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Originally Posted by Matts /forum/post/18157375


Admittedly Marantz picked the wrong time to release their behemoth. Had this player been available say, two years ago, Marantz would have been able to justify their price far better. But since the release of the Oppo Universal player, BD-83 and several other's from JVC and LG and Samsung, all of which sell for under $1,000 and in some cases for under $500 it almost makes the Marantz blu-ray player feel old and outdated. There was a time when I would have enjoyed a big, bulky, heavy as all get out, tank of source component. But those days are over. The Oppo BD-83 is perfect for me, because it is slender, light weight, yet when you touch it it doesn't flex or give an inch and has an iron clad face.


Oppo really made a lot of companies in the high end a/v world rethink their gameplans.

Totally agreed.Oppo is the one that every companies must rethink again before raising the price for their hiend player in the future,Arye bd player sounds like another example.
 

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Originally Posted by TelevisionsFlo /forum/post/18144530



Where SA-CD outputs uncompressed via Denon Link on the DVD-A1 UD, the Marantz UD 9004 compresses the signal via HDMI and only gives its best results via analog cinch unusual, perhaps, but who are we to argue? These guys very clearly know what they're doing!

Wow - that's a $6000.00 mistake. SACD over HDMI should be full res with 1.3 or better copy/HDCP enabled.


Both are a huge waste of money for those who want a universal player since neither can do same over HDMI when much lesser players have been doing it for years.


Wait and it's not 3D enabled either...


I'll keep my PS3 or a Pioneer BDP-09FD for now.
 

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Admittingly,I am one who bought UD9004 and A1-UD.Marantz,the more expensive than Denon,was the mistake for my decision to bought it,without reading any reviews and I found out that both units were the cloning,even the menu.The difference between these 2 units is the sound,Denon is always the better sound,sweeter and more details.

Are saying you prefer the sound of the Denon over the Marantz over multi channel analog? Important for me to know because I am one of the brainless morons considering buying the best sounding one of these units to use with my all analog multi channel preamp. Are you aware of any others that have done an A/B comparison for multi channel analog audio?
 
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