Review of Marantz BD7003 Blu-Ray Player

The brand Marantz might not be familiar to most consumers. Marantz tend to cater to high end A/V segment. Accordingly, their products cost substantially more than your average Blu-ray players. The Marantz BD7003 is a complete A/V solution. The on board decoding of most High Definition audio makes it an ideal center piece of home entertainment system. Accordingly, it is constructed with premium audio and video components as well as the construction material.

The player is constructed in aluminum/reinforced resin according to manufacturer site. The player does feel sturdier than most other players. However, I’m not sure what advantage this adds to the player as it will most likely sit on your entertainment center. Also, the player is built with higher grade DAC, digital analog converter, which should provide better audio and video visuals. As with most other players, it supports 1080p at 24fps. It also supports MP3/WMA/JPEG support with SD card slot. The player does not come with Profile 2.0 as it only supports Profile 1.1. It also lacks RS-232C and IR in/out functions seen on the Yamaha player.

Does the higher grade DAC translate to better video output? Watching through several Blu-ray movie discs, I honestly could not differentiate it between your average $250-$350 players. This does not mean it is on par with these cheaper players. With optimal settings and equipments, one might be able to see the difference in certain circumstances. I however, could not. For good measures, I tried few DVD s for upcovnersion and it showed no real difference. The audio options are the main feature of this player. It can decode almost every High Definition audio as well as bitstream it to the receiver. It also supports the regular 5.1 and 7.1 channel analog audio.

This is solid player that is able to decode most audio formats. You could by pass the need for receiver with this quality unit. Also, the remote control was fairly nice. It is not cluttered and has back light which is missing from a lot of the remote controls from other manufacturers. This player retails for around $800.00 which might be little too much for most consumers. None the less, it is an outstanding player if you can afford it.

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Marantz BD7003 Blu-ray Player
List Price: $549.00
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Description

The BD7003 offers Marantz’s revered pedigree in engineering class leading universal players, which now includes Blu-ray playback, at an exceptionally competitive price point. The BD7003 creates a full High Definition 1080p image and outputs Blu-ray discs in a true film-like 24 frames per second…

Features

  • BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1
  • New solid reference standard chassis
  • DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD via HDMI
  • 12-bit/297MHz video DAC for high video quality
  • 1920 x 1080p resolution
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