True Universal Playback, HDMI v1.4 Outputs, Blu-ray 3D-Readiness, Network Streaming
Marantz America introduced two Universal Media Players, Models UD7005 and UD5005, both offering true universal compatibility and world-class performance from virtually all of today's most advanced video and audio formats. The new Universal Media Players reflect Marantz's longstanding foundation of audio superiority and innovation while also embodying the company's “three pillars” of commitment to its customers — impeccable design, total user convenience, and increased connectivity. The UD7005 ($899), which will replace the Marantz BD7004, will be available in September; the UD5005 ($499) replaces the BD5004 and will be available next month.
From careful choice of internal components through painstaking circuit design and attention to human engineering, both Universal Media Players provide the performance, style and user-convenience that have made Marantz a classic name in home entertainment. Notably, both models feature dedicated audio sections, featuring renowned Marantz craftsmanship and build quality, ensuring superior audio playback at all times and from all sources. The UD7005 features a leading-edge 32 bit Audio DAC w/High quality analog multichannel audio output, with 7.1-channel capability for astounding surround sound. Both models are also equipped with online video streaming through such online providers as Netflix* and YouTube.
Superior Quality Playback of Virtually Any Silver Disc
Both new Marantz Universal Media Players accept Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, standard and recordable CDs, DVD-Audio, SACD, as well as DivX files in addition to AVCHD (high definition video format for camcorder) contained on discs or solid-state memory devices, and WMA, MP3, and JPEG files from either discs or SD cards. HDMI v1.4 outputs on both models ensure the highest quality video and audio performance, and “future-ready” Blu-ray 3D-ready capability. In addition, both players are DLNA 1.5 certified Digital Media Players that offer advanced A/V networking with PC, NAS, HDD-DVDR and music servers. Users also may enjoy online video streaming via Netflix and YouTube, with network connectivity to stream VOD content and as DLNA v1.5 (Digital Living Network Alliance), ensuring smooth content sharing among connected devices.
Features Geared Toward Custom-Installation Market
In addition to their leading-edge performance and innovative content sharing capabilities, the UD7005 and UD5005 will both be welcomed by integrators for the way they can be easily retrofitted for installation to existing home entertainment systems. Notably, both units are designed to be packaged as a system with Marantz A/V receivers, providing the same functionality as Marantz' flagship preamp/processor. The IR flasher input and output add system-wide control capability and the Ethernet port allows for firmware updates and RS232 support in the UD7005.
Rock-Solid, Aesthetically Pleasing Designs Fit With Every Decor
Both new Universal Media Players were designed and engineered in-house at Marantz with a clear focus on providing the very best possible image and sound quality, with rock-solid chassis design that visually complements any home entertainment system. Like all Marantz components, they feature a stylish, uncluttered cosmetic that gives a clear visual impression of quality and fine craftsmanship, with design similarities with Marantz AVRs for perfect aesthetic matching in home entertainment systems. The new slim chassis design (4 3/16″) allows for easy installation and the contoured front panel features both aluminum and reinforced resin for a smooth, distinguished appearance that's appropriate in any decor. Custom-engineered feet add a further barrier to vibration and the disc tray sits at the center of the chassis so it remains protected on all sides from external influences.
Noted Kevin Zarow, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Marantz America: “Our new UD7005 and UD5005 Universal Media Players are literally 'game changers' in the source component marketplace. Both units are much, much more than simply advanced Blu-ray players. They are 100% future-ready media players that offer today's discriminating consumers an affordable way to take advantage of all today's most advanced high-performance content sources. In addition to supporting HDMI 1.4 and 3D capability, they will play virtually any 12cm digital audio or digital video disc ever created, and provide maximum audio and video enjoyment.”