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I see lots of positive speculation/anticipation about the new Denon 2900...and even some talk about the forthcoming Denon 3900 as well. But also due around late April, or May, is the new Marantz 8400 Universal player(See info/specs below. The Marantz 8400 has generated seemlingly very little buzz compared to the Denon 2900. But I would expect the Marantz might be "better" for

DVD-A/CD/SACD audio; but I'm not sure which unit will have the edge in video performance.


Although the D&M corporation owns both Denon & Marantz, I believe these two products (2900 vs 8400) were developed completely idependently of one another. But I wonder if the new Denon 3900 (ETA Fall 2003) will be based on previous Denon product(s), or possibly on the Marantz 8400...or a completely new independent design effort. Anyone know - DenonJeff?


Anyone have any definitive info on the relative merits of these 3 units?


Marantz 8400 specs:

On the heels of the extremely successful and rave reviewed DV-8300 comes the DV-8400. The DV-8400, our second generation universal disc player, has some considerable advantages over the

DV-8300. First and foremost, the DV-8400 comes with improved sound quality. The all copper chassis provides improved shielding and reduced noise, while a new shorter signal path and higher quality

parts deliver improved SACD, DVD-A, and CD playback. Second, the DV-8400 comes with RS-232C for system control. As if those added features weren’t enough, we have also added a DVI output to

the DV-8400. This exciting new product will begin shipping in late April.






DV-8400 Single disc player highlights:


· RS-232C ( for system control-not upgradeability)


· Redesigned Audio section (Shorter signal path and strategic parts upgrades)


· Pure Digital Video output (DVI w/HCDP)


· Plays: DVD, two-channel and multi-channel SACD, DVD Audio, CD, CD-RW, MP-3, DVD-R and DVD-RW


· Progressive scan with 3:2 pull down


· Identical, discrete multi-channel audio circuit paths


· Marantz proprietary HDAM for all six channels


· 24-bit 192 kHz audio DACs by Cirrus Logic


· Separate power transformer for audio signal path


· Built in Bass Management for SACD


· Full copper chassis with double layer bottom plate


· Zero impedance copper ground plate for analog multi-channel output


· Fine tunable “video adjust†capability


· Video Off and Display Off functions for the purist audio playback


· User friendly on screen menu


· Width: 17 5/16 (440 mm) Height: 3 1/2 (89 mm) Depth: 12 1/8 (307 mm)


· Famous Marantz Three-Year Warranty




MSRP: $1699.99
 

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Veritas,

I have no definitve info on this, but after a quick check of both websites, I have these differences to offer.

The 2900 will have digital bass management for both sacd and dvd-a; the 8400 only has it for sacd. The 8400 has DVI output, the 2900 does not.

The 8400 has an independent power supply for the audio section. The 8400 uses ciirus logic chip, the 2900 burr-brown...

I hope someone will chime in and help to answer your questions, as they are mine too.

My guess is that when they are out and able to be compared, we'll know better...I was gearing up to buy the marantz as soon as it ships... I am looking for the best quality audio performance from a universal player...I may wait to see how well the 2900/3900 units are reviewed. Happy listening, Pete
 

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Veritas,

I have no definitve info on this, but after a quick check of both websites, I have these differences to offer.

The 2900 will have digital bass management for both sacd and dvd-a; the 8400 only has it for sacd. The 8400 has DVI output, the 2900 does not.

The 8400 has an independent power supply for the audio section. The 8400 uses ciirus logic chip, the 2900 burr-brown...

I hope someone will chime in and help to answer your questions, as they are mine too.

My guess is that when they are out and able to be compared, we'll know better...I was gearing up to buy the marantz as soon as it ships... I am looking for the best quality audio performance from a universal player...I may wait to see how well the 2900/3900 units are reviewed. Happy listening, Pete


I am very interested in the 3900, but I don't know if I will be able to wait all the way to the fall. I will also be interested in reviews comparing the 2900 to the 8400. The 8300 is incredibly well-received, but the Marantz will run about $600 more I believe.
 

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I believe that it will ship in the next 2 weeks...I'm slated for one of the first ones shipped, according to my dealer, He expects that I'll have it by May 1st...Pete
 
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