Marantz DV-18 DVD Players

4.06/5 (33 Reviews)


Product Description

Reference Series THX Ultra DVD Player - Dolby Digital/DTS - Component Video outputs - 10-bit video DACs with 27MHz filtering - 96kHz/24-bit audio DACs - S-video and composite video outputs


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by manuel tchekezian a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
all i want to say about the marantz 18mk2,has a picture never seen it on other dvd with cheaper price,when i bought this dvd ,i bougt it for the sound quality,and i was never interest in my life about picture ,but now i know the difference and i am not in rush to buy a hdtv and spent 4000 dollars, even i prefer to play the cds on the marantz instead of the nad 540 .simply i love this machine is so quite when you load a dvd or a cd.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by manuel tchekezian a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
all i want to say about the marantz 18mk2,has a picture never seen it on other dvd with cheaper price,when i bought this dvd ,i bougt it for the sound quality,and i was never interest in my life about picture ,but now i know the difference and i am not in rush to buy a hdtv and spent 4000 dollars, even i prefer to play the cds on the marantz instead of the nad 540 .simply i love this machine is so quite when you load a dvd or a cd.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by prewrath1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The Marantz dvd-18 mk2 is a outstanding dvd player, top notch in every respect the picture quality is outstanding it is a sharper and more detailed then a prgressive scan dvd player i demoed [ marantz dv 7100] and the sound quality is again outstanding , compared to my last dvd [MARANTZ DVD 930 ] THE PICTURE IS EXCELLENT, SHARPER AND BRIGHTER WITH EXCELLENT COLOR , AUDIO IS SIMPLY ECELLENT AS WELL , PLEANTY OF DETAIL AND GREAT DYNAMICS ALL THE WHIEL GIVING A WARM DEEP SOUND . my system was taken to the next level with the Marantz dvd-18 mk2. all though i must say that the dvd 930 was a very good piece also no complaints i retierd it to my den were i have a secound system, but the dvd 18 mk2 is just superb in my opinion. my system includes the following
MARANTZ AV-9000
MARANTZ CD-17
MARANTZ DVD-18 MK2
BRYSTON 4B-ST [REARS ] 2 CHANNEL
BRYSTON 6B-ST [MAINS AND CENTER] 3 CHANNEL
XLO REFERENCE 2 INTERCONECTS [ALL AROUND]
XLO ULTRA SPEAKER CABLES [MAINS AND CENTER]

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AdamK a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the mkII model.

The DV-18 mkII so far has exceeded all my expectations. The picture quality is great with all colors being very natural and there are no signs of discolor or bleeding in the reds and oranges on NTSC films as I had seen in other players. Picture detail is sharp especially with PAL. The only drawback is it brings out ALL the faults on DVD video transfers and other picture defects etc.

The sound quality is near perfect with loads of detail and warmth. As far as CD playback is concerned (for a DVD player) the sound is brilliant with all frequency ranges being very controlled and especially with acoustic instruments the sound is quite detailed. I am not a hifi expert but compared to all previous forms of cd playback I've had the DV-18 just blows them away.

I havn't had any of the quality control problems other reviewers have had, the unit overall is faultless. If anyone is looking for the DV-18 mkII here in Australia, it's currently on runout at the moment and you should be able to pick one up for around $2000AUD or under. An absolute bargain.

My setup:

Onkyo: TX-DS989 AV Reciever

Mission:
781 - Mains
78c - Centre
78ds - Surround L/R
771e - Back L/R

All wired up using various Audioquest cable.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Purchased At:   Secher Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I am surprised to here so many of us have had some kind of problem with this unit. I returned my first unit when it began to fail to read DVDs about 6 months after I bought it. The second unit I got has been flawless. And I have had it for over 2 years now.

I love this unit. I run it with the Marantz SR-18, B&W Nautilus 805s and B&W HTM2 center. Both DVD and CD quality are outstanding. The only thing I've noticed is that the CD playback, like many expensive CD players, is so accurate it can sometimes feel like it's lacking musical warmth. My solution to this was to use the SR-18's less expensive (yet very nice) preamp to do the digital-to-analog conversion. The SR-18 creates a more fun/warm sound and, like the DV-18, stays true to a flat signal across the entire frequency spectrum. If you want to know what I mean by musical warmth listen to a classic Marantz reciever(1970s) or new McIntosh equipment. Clean and very musical.

BTW, McIntosh equipment would be my first choice, but who can afford that stuff?

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999




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