Marantz DP-870 Others

DP-870

Dolby Digital decoder AC3

User Reviews (7)

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thezone999   AudioPhile [Apr 23, 2003]
Strength:

Sound, definition, bass and did I say the way it sounds!!

Weakness:

NONE!! Except one little item, I had to have a custom db25 to RCA cable made to connect it to my Rotel.

This Marantz is quite honestly one of the Best sounding units I have ever heard. All this buzz about this thing not having a remote is a bunch of garbage. Marantz didn't provide one because guess what.. YOU DON'T NEED ONE!!! I hooked it up to my Rotel RSP-980 and controled the volume of the entire system with my Rotel remote. Imagine that!!

Similar Products Used: Carver DPL-33, RSP-985.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris Saben   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 12, 2000]
Strength:

Sounds great with my system and has straight forward controls for making ajustments

Weakness:

no remote

I bought this slightly used for $350. One of the most satisfying addition to my home theater. You could make a
point about the brightness, in my system this processor drives multiple Carver amps. The carvers tend to sound warm
almost tube like. So the brightness really complements my
setup. I give this system 5 stars for the price and 4 stars
for it's overall rating. Just because it doesn't come with a
remote--Kinda silly in this day and age.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
rmd   Audiophile [May 20, 2000]
Strength:

Gold rca inputs jacks. Made in Japan. No noise during Bypass mode. Wide Dynamic range. 6-channel inputs.

Weakness:

Just a slight click when raising the volume through RC2000 remote.

I bought this decoder in the fall of 1998 to get 5.1 channel as an add-on to an existing Rotel RSP-960AX Dolby Pro-logic processor. I can honestly say that this was one of the best buys I ever made. To this day I'm still happy with this unit.

The sound is wide and deep, with a slight lean sound. There is no clicks when changing chapters in a moview.

With the unit being a little bit bright. I tried numerous coax cables from ultra-pure copper to silver. The silver coax seems to warm up the sound compared to copper and also takes a little bit of the harshness away. The harshness was mentioned during a review from Cybertheater, http://www.cybertheater.com/HW_Reviews/DP870/dp870.html




Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Marty   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 13, 2001]
Strength:

Dead quiet. Dynamic DD sound throughout entire frequency range. Blends perfectly with sub.

Weakness:

No remote. Must be purchased separately if desired.

Intergrated perfectly between my Fosgate Model 4 and my Acurus amps. Absolutely no problem with brightness or harshness as others have experienced. Major change in my HT system. Very highly recommended in the used market. If this fits your set-up, grab one!

Similar Products Used: NoneIn
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Warren T   Audiophile [May 16, 2000]
Strength:

Pretty good sound....steers well

Weakness:

A little bright...I bought when these units first came out so I paid a premium

Good processor for the money....I have an all separates system and this was a good fit for my situation.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
PHB   an Audiophile [Nov 08, 1998]

Great sound, full automatic signal detectionTest noise and 5.1 calibration
Delay 0, 5, 10 or 15 ms
Bypass without noise (no power needed)
3 in: RF, optical, coaxial. 3 led
AV-600 remote control not linked

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Dino Theo   an Audiophile [Mar 15, 1999]

Overall this is a good decoder. It is one of the first decoders and it is a bit dated. It is overly bright for my tastes, and I like bright. I bought it when it first came out in mid '96. I paired it with a Kenwood KRX-1000 receiver. The pair gave me many good years and I have just replaced them with a Denon 5600DTS. If you get this unit acquire a learning remote. (For the price it is hard to beat a Xantech URC-1...$60) Find someone with a Marantz RC2000 and learn the remote codes for this decoder. It is a must. WHen I bought it the Marantz cost $699. Right now it is a good buy for under $250. I wouldn't pay more for it because you can get an AC-3 receiver for under $400 (without RF digital in though) Many new receivers also use supposedly superior Motorola DACS rather than the Zoran in the Marantz. I don't buy too much into that because I didn't hear much difference between the Zoran 1st gen chip and later Motorolas. Oh and the Marantz can also be upgraded to DTS by Millenium I think.
I will give it 4 speakers. Not so much for the performance but for the lack of remote and price. If you can get it for under $250 it is a 5 speaker rating.

Dino

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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