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Marantz UD7006 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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The UD7006 ($999) is currently Marantz's top-shelf 3D Blu-ray player; the company also offers the step-down UD5005 ($599). We have not performed a hands-on review of the UD7006, but here is an overview of its features. In addition to 3D capability, the UD7006 is a universal disc player that supports SACD and DVD-Audio playback. Marantz includes a limited Web platform, with Netflix video-on-demand and YouTube (via a pending firmware update), plus DLNA media streaming from a networked PC or server. This model offers higher-quality construction and higher-end components than the UD5005. That includes use of Anchor Bay's ABT2015 processing chip with Analog Devices' ADV7340 297-MHz oversampling and 32-bit/92-kHz audio DACs for the analog audio outputs, as well as ELNA capacitors, a special coated tray to suppress vibration, and a double-layered top cover.

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In terms of video connections, the UD7006 offers a single HDMI output, plus component and composite video outputs. This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI, and it includes a Source Direct mode that allows it to output all discs at their native resolution. The setup menu has a thorough array of picture adjustments, including contrast, brightness, enhancer, gamma correction, sharpness, hue, chroma level, black level, white level, horizontal/vertical positioning, and multiple noise-reduction options. In the 3D realm, you can set your TV's screen size so that the player automatically adjusts 3D graphics to suit your display.

Audio outputs include HDMI, coaxial digital (no optical), and both 7.1-channel and stereo analog outputs. The UD7006 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. You can configure size, level, and distance for the analog audio outputs. A Pure Direct mode shuts down unneeded video circuitry to achieve higher-quality audio.

As a universal disc player, the UD7006 supports a variety of formats: BD, DVD-Video, SACD, DVD-Audio, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx Plus HD, AVI, WMV, WMA, MP3, AAC, and JPEG. You can add the player to your home network using the back-panel Ethernet port; this model is not WiFi-ready. The player offers 1 GB of onboard storage for BD-Live content; a front-panel USB port is provided for additional storage, as well as media playback. The UD7006 includes an RS-232 port, as well as remote control in/out and IR flasher in/out.

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