Marantz DV-8400 DVD Players

4/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $1439.00

Product Description

  • DVD Type - Standard DVD
  • Playable Video Formats - DVD+RW, DVD, SVCD, DVD-RW, VCD, DVD-R
  • Playable Audio Formats - SACD, MP3, DVD-A, CD-RW, CD-R, CD
  • Progressive Scan - With Progressive Scan
  • Number of Discs - 1
  • Surround Sound - Built-In DTS, Built-In Dolby Digital

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Neil Sumner a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I used to love Marantz. Their old machines were a reference to me. As with many users I know, I must admit that at first the unit worked fine and delivered good audio and video. But...
I have had this unit for about three months and have found more negatives than positives with this Marantz, like skipping on cd's that are lightly scratched that worked fine on any other cd players. Now after about 3 months, it suddenly skips on all DVD video, in some cases it doesn't read DVDs at all.
It loads slowly, but this is not that big of deal.
The picture quality and sound quality is good, not exceptional as my old Sony NS 900V. Progressive DVD picture quality is not so good, crisp, too smooth and not so detailed.
The second problem is the audio part. Is enormous "week" for old Marantz reputation name. SACD sounds good on the Marantz, but I think the Sony and Pioneer DV-563A might sound better.It sounds clean, but very flat, lifeless, and sometimes digital. By comparison, my 2 years old Sony has better stereo imaging, more dynamic and natural sound than this Marantz.
I am disappointed.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Bliss a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I looked at just about every popular player I could find before deciding on the 8400. Many of the unit's I considered costs over twice as much. While some might think it hard to consider a DVD player costing in excess of $1000 a value, I honestly think this player is. It has a long list of attributes: a high build quality, great on screen displays, runs silent, is quick to load & track, plays just about everything and excell's at both music and video. What more can you ask of player? Many of the hyped or glitzy high end units I reviewed didn't come close in sound or picture to what the Marantz provided. If you are looking for a versatile piece of equipment with excellent performance characteristics then you should consider the 8400.

I purchased mine from Steve at Sound Video. I have always found him to be very knowledgeable and informed while being very competitive on price. He is definitely worth a visit:

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Purchased At:   Sound Video

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