- The BD7003 supports 1080p/24 playback of Blu-ray discs.
- It passes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio in bitstream form over HDMI, so it's best mated with a receiver that has its own high-resolution audio decoders.
- It can play picture-in-picture bonus content.
- The SD card slot allows for easy playback of digital music and photos.
- The BD7003 is not Profile 2.0 and lacks an Ethernet port.
- It lacks internal high-resolution audio decoding and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs, so it's not a good choice for someone who has an older A/V receiver.
- It does not use the Silicon Optix Realta HQV video processor found in the higher-end BD8002.
Given the BD7003's $800 price point, Marantz is clearly targeting a slightly higher-end shopper, but we must point out that you can get more functionality for a lot less money if you look elsewhere. Marantz loyalists will appreciate a less-expensive alternative to the BD8002, especially if they already own a receiver with high-resolution audio decoding and therefore do not need all the audio features in the BD8002.
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