Marantz DVD-890 DVD Players

DVD-890

User Reviews (9)

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Wako   Audiophile [Mar 02, 2000]
Strength:

Sound and Picture quality are very good.

Weakness:

Noisy transport, and speaker managment distorts sound when center speaker is set to small.

It's a very good DVD player, but has a ticking sound on certain DVDs and the on board DD decoder clips when you set the center channel speaker to small.

After getting a separate DD/DTS decoder, I've eliminated the problematic on board decoder and am able to enjoy the machine. But the ticking of the transport still is somewhat annoying during quite passages of films.

If you can overlook these two issues, then it's a very good player to have.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Jacco   Casual Listener [Oct 27, 2000]
Strength:

Picture quality, design

Weakness:

playback of rented DVDs and some dual layer DVDs

I very happy with the player, the sound and picture quality is good! I had a lot of problems with rented CDs. If the player encounters a scratch, it just stop for a while and then skips to the next chapter. Very irritating. My player doesn't play certain chapters of the brand new Jurassic Park and The Lost World (R2). I don't know why. The retailer told me it has something to do with the fact that they are dual layer. But it plays the Matrix as well (also dual layer).

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Steve Daniels   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 15, 1999]
Strength:

Very good cd playback/sound quality

Weakness:

Transport is a bit noisy

This is my first DVD player, which I got with the idea of using as my main CD player as well.

The rest of my system:
Von Schweikert VR-2000 mains
Von Schweikert LCR 20 center
Von Schweikert TS 200 surrounds
Marantz AV-550 preamp
Rotel RB-985 BX amp
Mitsubishi 27" TV
Adcom ACE-515 Line Conditioner.

I'm very happy with this DVD player. It only has had a problem with one DVD (Very Bad Things), plays The Matrix and everything else just fine. It sounds as good as my NAD cd5000 as a cd player.

I have no complaints, other than it had a pretty high retail. I paid $400.

Similar Products Used: Toshiba 2109
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Jan Carstens   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 18, 2000]
Strength:

The sound and picture quality.

Weakness:

Noisy tray.

The Remote is light, fits well in my hand and it's well organized. The sound and picture quality is super. It's a little noisy when loading and unloading the tray.

The rest of my gear:
NAD T770, Surround Reciever,
NAD TV291, 29" 50MHz TV,
NAD HFV2020, HIFI Stereo Video,
F3 Trapez X2, Frontspeakers,
Paradigm Center,
B&W 602, surroundspeakers,
From my DVD to the surround reciever I use "TeraLabs Digital D1" and the rest is conected with "TaraLabs 8" cables.

Similar Products Used: It's my first DVD player.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Eric   Audiophile [Feb 07, 2000]
Strength:

Good Remote,Great when pushed.

Weakness:

I havent noticed any.

I have never had any trouble with any movie other
then StarGate,And I got a secound copy and it worked fine.
Im updating to a Denon DTS becouse my dealer isnt carrying Marantz anymore.Iv had no complates about this player.

Similar Products Used: first one
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Warrren   Casual Listener [Dec 28, 2000]
Strength:

Simple, easy-to-use, low profile unit

Weakness:

Can skip or get stuck on some DVDs and CDs when running hot; flimsy tray

Nice simple unit at relatively good price. When hot it seems to want to skip on poorer quality CDs. I have physically seperated this unit a few inches more from the other components and it seems to have solved the problem, but only time will tell (only 2 months old.)

Similar Products Used: Denon, Sony, Harman Kardon
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
raymond sorstrom   [Nov 22, 1999]
Strength:

Looks elegant. Compatible with CD-R and CD-RW.

Weakness:

Doesn't take "The Matrix" and very often problems reading DVD movies. Especially rented DVD movies. The Marantz tend to jump over chapter's very often. Have tried

The Marantz have a generally problem with reading both DVD movies and CD-R records. Especially rented movies.
The pick-up is very sensitive.
The sound is open and detailed, but lacks some "power".

Similar Products Used: Pioneer DVD 717.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Dave   Audiophile [May 17, 2000]
Strength:

Sound/Video quality, plays CD-R/RW

Weakness:

Tray is not very sturdy

When I went out in search of a DVD player I decided to go for the DV7000. Unfortunately they didn't have a champagne version in stock so I was offered to use a DV890 until the other one would come in. I have been using it for 2 months now and am pretty pleased with it. Picture is very clear and sharp. Sound quality for DVD's is very good and the cd quality was better than I expected after reading a lot of negative stories about CD's on DVD players. It's not as good as my other CD-player but still it's decent on my Musical Fidelity X-A1. So unless you're quite picky about the sound quality or don't want a lot of devices in your room you might want to check this player out.

Downside of this player is the cheesy tray. Can't say I found it very noisy, but it does have a cheap feeling to it. It works, but I believe that Marantz could have done better on this point. Another thing that I had problems with (although I don't know if it's inherent to this model or just this particular player) is that once in a while the player would suddenly stop playing. This happened on DVD's as well as CD's and it's pretty annoying. Hopefully it is just this one!

Over all I think it's good value for money. If you don't have a big budget, or want to wait and see what else the future has in store it is definately worth checking it out.

Other components in my system:

Musical Fidelity X-A1
Marantz SR7000 dolby receiver
Marantz CD-67SE (modified)
Elipson 1402 fronts
Boheme SL3 center
Spendor 2020 rears
Kimber 4TC speaker cable

Similar Products Used: None sofar
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
jeroen   Audiophile [Apr 17, 2000]
Strength:

image quality, sound quality

Weakness:

noisy transport.

I have the Marantz dvd-890 about a half year now, and i must say it's a very good player...Exept the transport is very noisy.I heard that this transport is used also in a philips dvd-player, which has the same problems... Overall i find the imagequality very fine( better than my vcc2000)
The sound quality is for movie-use good enough..
the rest of my equipment:
loewe xelos
dali-center speaker
tannoy M1 rear
audiostatic es 100 front
audiostatic pdsw sub
onkyo es 600 pro-logic processor
rotel rha/b pre/power amps.
marantz cd 16
mf xdac/xpsu/x10d
MIT interconnects.
and a kenwood tuner/philips 977 record player

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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