Finally, the Blu-ray era begins with Marantz. stereoplay promising top model BD 8002 (2000 euros) was extensively under the magnifying glass.
- Blue-ray player Marantz BD 8002
- stereoplay – Blue-ray gauges
- Data sheet
Something always somehow depends on players by Marantz. Usually they sound very musical, and usually they have some trick in stock that makes they appear clever than some competitors.
A sophisticated and expensive thing is to press the development of a Blu-ray player, and so it is good, that Marantz a division of the company is D & M, which stands for Denon & Marantz, although includes other renowned names like McIntosh and Boston Acoustics. There is also no great coincidence that the Marantz BD has 8002 similarities with the excellent top model of his brothers by Denon, which race ahead with the issue of Blu-ray for several months ahead.
Deeply hidden is again proven drive and decoder technology in the core from the Japanese specialist for FUNAI. That’s good, because it provides high compatibility and pleasant features such as the SD card reader, with no cumbersome CD – or DVD distillery photos or compressed music files find their way in this Highendplayer.
But soon the influence of the OEM core ends. In-house technology looks after the processing of the raw data supplied by the decoder. Two shark DSPs strive to the upscaling and processing of the audio signal, on that the resolution never under 24 bit sinke and complex routing tasks such as bass management only with the finest filters be effected.
Similarly, the well-known Realta chipset of the HQV (Hollywood quality video) family of Silicon Optics the image signal, the Marantz entrusted. She used one of the best de-Interlacer, currently money can buy. The same applies to the scaler, involving the 4095 surrounding pixels for the recalculation of each individual pixel. Thereby he adaptively respond to straight lines, curves, surfaces, details, even on noise, and therefore provides very accurate results in any resolution.
Finally, at least 10 D/A converter Burr-Brown PCM 1796 worry before discreetly built analog outputs to the fine sound of the player. Ten converter, because besides the 7.1 output is still a 2-channel output particularly lavishly stocked on the analog side for audiophile ears.
Connection and configuration of the BD 8002 more straightforward for a such a complex machine, for example, almost all signals to the outputs at the same time become available. A graphic, helps find the right buttons on the remote control, the Setup menu and the Quick Setup on the first menu page practically summarizes the most important basic settings. The but reader of manual easily exceed is one caveat: for smooth 24 p playback of HD movies on displays and projectors that accept this, practically all current models, full-screen conversion on passage must be set in the Setup (“I/P direct” on “on”).
Already very noble run for a player, the developers have the bass management for the multichannel output. Here, even the transition frequency of the subwoofer from 40 to 120 Hertz can be set apart from the usual players parameters. Switching the source from disc to SD card hidden only quite clumsy in the depths of the Setup menu. If this does not automatically takes place, it should be at least easier to find. An entry in the quick menu, as it makes for Onkyo, would be helpful.
In the practical operation of the BD 8002, there are little surprises, which is good, because he plays good everything, what is fed him via CD, DVD, BD or SD card, regardless of whether duplicate media or its own recordings. Do not work during playback this player is all exotic variants, only the most popular formats – but it really anyway to shame. Photos in HD resolution, which can be turned almost immediately by “angle” button, or MP3 and WMA music with high data rate fit somewhat more. CDs and DVDs the Marantz is in his element, he reads DVDs very quickly even with 16 seconds for a BD player. And thanks to his ingenious de Interlacers and scalers here any concessions towards a high-quality DVD player must be made.
The DVD image appears quiet, crisp-sharp, and with a few tricks, low-noise DVDs almost to the level of poorer Blu-rays can be lift. For this purpose, the developers have released an access to many parameters of the HQV chipset. Filter for different image detail sizes help low dissolved DVD image, upscaled to develop an HD-like contour sharpness. Most coolest but is the “Enhancer”, whose filtering only on fine image details acts, working them out and thus helps fabric textures, skin structures et cetera from DVD on the jumps. This filter just makes it in Blu-ray with softer image impression possible to conjure up a little “crisp” in the image.
In the stress test with combination of all complex display and control options at the same time with Java menus, picture-in-picture and secondary audio by universal, “U-control” on Blu-ray “Serenity” came the BD 8002 not in sweat.
In the picture, so this player represents a safe Bank, and its sound quality does not lag behind the. CD he gave back sovereign and contoured with fine illustrated S-Lauten votes. Yellos album ‘The Eye’ slammed precisely and with great depth dynamically from the Sonics Allegra, which served as the front speakers. Very positive: Tonally and in terms of resolution there was hardly any difference between the digital and the analog signal path, which speaks for the quality of the stereo section of the BD 8002. Similarly, the multichannel output, which but a hardly noticeable touch shows less detail. Material from DVD with DTS 96/24 failed to test, because it resulted in silent film, a common compatibility problem with BD players.
With standard Dolby Digital and DTS can handle stress-free the Marantz, and so the testers used the Dolby track Till Brönners has an excellent concert “A night in Berlin” in the Teldec Studios. His velvety, gülden shiny trumpets sound and the same gentle voice met the right timbre, the cymbals sounded after fine brass, snare skirted with brooms swept fine-grained, and the piano but the attacks showed the right attack.
The tester increased the resolution again with Pat Mathenys ‘Overture’ and DTS HD Master audio, it sounded as if someone had once again set the sharpness fine. The Marantz was always balanced and moved all contours with fine line. With the BD 8002, Marantz delivers real Blu-ray-highend right off the bat. Perfect.
All Blu-ray players can play an HD movie in good quality linear. But the current Blu-ray profile 1.1 requires more from the players, he must understand the programming language Java for complex navigation tasks.
To the HD movie he must decode a standard definition movie in sound and image at the same time and can represent, ‘Bonusview’ is called that. The player must it can plug the SD image in the HD image and merge the audio tracks of both films in predetermined mix. In this case it must process so internally both audio tracks, a common streaming via HDMI to the amplifier does not work.
At the same time, a few Blu-ray use all Bonusview features. The discs are suitable for testing of universal, who call themselves “U-Control”. A properly working player should have no problems with this. If you do, you should search for a firmware update.
Marantz BD 8002
Technical data and test results
|Video digital HDMI (version)||1.3a|
|Max resolution of HDMI|
|Decoder Dolby True HD / DTS HD Master||/|
|Decoder DD / DTS||/|
|Remote control for TV / Adaptive||/|
|Predefined picture settings / adjustable|
|Memory card reader|
|Ethernet for update / interactive content||/|
|Headphone output / adjustable||/|
|BD – time DVD / Blu-ray (in seconds)||16 / 42.0 s|
|JPEG / JPEG HD||/|
|Analog output stereo / 5.1 / 7.1||/ /|
|DVD + R / RW|
|CD-R / RW||/|
|BD-R / RE||/|
|optical / HDMI||/|
|Hosiden / 3-comp.||/|
|Signal to noise ratio (A weighted)||114 dB|
|Output resistance||298 ohms|
|Error correction ability info layer CD / DVD||1.8 / 1.0 mm|
|Error correction surface CD / DVD||2.8|
|Power consumption standby / operating||0.4 / 45.4 W|
|Short conclusion||Highendiger BD player with excellent de Interlacer and scaler, SD card slot, very high quality 2-channel – and very good 7.1 out. Great picture, also on DVD. sounds balanced, fine drawing and spatially precise.|
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(max. 15 points)
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|Picture Blu ray / DVD||16 / 9|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||outstanding 104|
|Price-performance ratio||Very good|
|tested in issue:||3 / 09|