Marantz DV9500 Universal Player Reviewed
- From: Naitze Teng <naitze@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2005 19:28:06 GMT
>From the August edition of AudioVideoRevolution.com...
Marantz DV9500 Universal Player
The DV9500 is Marantz¹s latest universal disc player, situated at the top of
their line. The player boasts an impressive set of features in both
performance and convenience. At $2,099, the DV9500 is not cheap, but there
is much to set it apart from the $300 universal disc players found at your
local retailer. Upon lifting the box, I immediately noticed that the DV9500
was a lot more substantial than most other single-disc transports at
18-and-three-quarters pounds. Once I opened the box and removed the player,
which measured a fairly standard 17-and-one-sixteenth inches wide by
four-and-a-half inches tall by 15-and-one-eighth inches, it was apparent
that a lot of effort went into making sure that the chassis was solid and
free of resonant chatter.
Some of the DV9500¹s numerous convenience features include the ability to
read the following formats, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD-stereo and SACD
multi-channel, DVD-R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, SVCD, VCD, MP3 and JPEG discs. I think
this should cover just about any five-inch disc format. While the player is
technically called the DV9500 Progressive Scan Universal DVD Player, it is
capable of outputting not only 480p, but also 1080i and 720p. This is a
highly significant feature. The DV9500 has multiple video outputs, including
HDCP compatible HDMI, Component Video, S-Video and Composite. On the audio
side of things, the player can internally decode DTS (including DTS 96/24)
and Dolby Digital, has adjustable lip synch delay, is the first single-disc
player to feature Dolby Headphone, bass management and delay with DVD-Audio
and SACD (SACD signals must be converted from DSD to utilized this feature).
Other features include RS-232 and RC-5 connections.
The DV9500¹s performance features include a chassis that¹s built upon a
damped double layer bottom plate, which is designed to provide a stable
platform for the transport mechanism and circuits. The transport is a new
mechanism engineered to provide precise tracking. Marantz has provided a
huge new feature dual transformers to minimize channel-to-channel
interference or cross talk. The analog audio circuits feature high current
High Definition Audio Modules (HDAM) and a zero impedance copper grounding
plate. The DACs are 192kHz/24-bit and true DSD processing is used for SACDs.
Video performance is assisted by a 216MHz/14-bit video DAC and a separate
10-bit video scaler with 3:2 and 2:2 pull-down. A special Noise Shaped video
circuit is also incorporated to help minimize video noise.
In short, this is a universal disc player with a scalable HDMI output that
can handle just about every format and is designed to do so without
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