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The Much Talked About Marantz BD8002 (Blu-Ray, DVD, CD) Player

There has been much anticipation for the release of the Marantz Blu-Ray player.  Lots of talk about it on the forums and around the web.  Mainly because the player will play Blu-Ray, DVD, and CDs, unlike most Blu-Ray players.  The player has been released, in all it’s $1,999.99 glory.  Hope you still have your job.

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Those premium brands just love HD discs

Blu-ray fans, it appears, have lots of cash. How do we know this? Because traditional hi-fi brands like Denon and now Marantz are happy to ignore the credit crunch and flog Blu-ray players for megabucks.

The Marantz entry into this burgeoning canon of high cost, hopefully high-performance machines is the BD8002: a snip at £1800. (US$1,999,99)

So what makes the BD8002 so special? Well, for starters it’s capable of decoding Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Also, its HDMI 1.3a terminal supports 24fps, Deep Color and all raw high definition data; the video chipset is a hugely powerful 12-bit/297MHz affair; two SHARC DSPs are used for HD audio decoding; and there’s a 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta processor for superior upscaling of your standard DVDs.

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From Marantz – product page

New formats mean new technologies. But new technologies don’t make tried-and-proven design standards obsolete. That’s why our new BD8002 Blu-ray/DVD/CD player is every bit a Marantz! From careful choice of internal components through painstaking circuit design and attention to human engineering, the BD8002 provides the performance and flexibility that have made Marantz a classic name in home entertainment.

  • HDMI 1.3a Output supporting 36bit Deep Color
  • 10bit Silicon Optix Realta HQV Video Processor inluding video scaling up to 1080p, IP converter and 24fps output
  • Bit Stream HD Audio Output from HDMI
  • HD Audio Decoder for Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio
  • Analog Devices 297Mhz/12bit Video DAC
  • 7.1ch High Quality Analog Audio Output
  • RS-232C Terminal, IR Flasher In and the through Out for Custom Install Use
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