The BD8002 ($1,999.99) was Marantz's first Blu-ray player and remains the flagship model. This is a Profile 1.1/BonusView Blu-ray player, which means it contains the secondary audio and video decoders needed for picture-in-picture playback. However, it does not support BD-Live Web functionality. The BD8002 uses Silicon Optix's Realta HQV video processor, so it does a better job upconverting standard DVDs and offers a more comprehensive set of video adjustments.
On the video side, the BD8002's back panel features HDMI 1.3a, component video (with both BNC- and RCA-style connectors), S-video, and composite video outputs. For HDMI, the output-resolution options are Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, and 1080p/24. While many players must be set up to output either 1080p/60 or 1080p/24, the BD8002 offers separate 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 modes, so you can easily switch between the two for comparison. For component video, output-resolution options are 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i, and the BD8002 uses Analog Devices' 12-bit/297-MHz video digital-to-analog converter. The menu includes a number of advanced video adjustments, including digital noise reduction, advanced gamma correction, sharpness, hue, white level, black level, chroma, and more.
For audio, the BD8002 offers HDMI, coaxial and optical digital audio, and two- and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs. The player has internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders, and it will also pass these formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. It can pass 7.1-channel PCM audio over both HDMI and the analog audio outputs. The player uses 24-bit/192-kHz audio digital-to-analog converters; for music lovers, it includes a Pure Direct mode that shuts down unneeded video circuitry to achieve higher-quality audio through the analog audio outputs.
The BD8002 supports BD, DVD, CD audio, MP3, WMA, JPEG, and Divx playback through its disc drive, and it has an SD card slot through which you can view JPEGs and listen to MP3/WMA audio files. Because it is not a Profile 2.0 player, it does not have an Ethernet port, so you can't access BD-Live Web features or perform quick firmware updates. The player offers both RS-232 and IR input and output ports for integration into an advanced control system.
Competition and Comparison
To compare the Marantz BD8002 against its competition, read our reviews for the Denon DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray player and the Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray player. There is also many more reviews available in our Blu-ray Player review section. Also, you can find more information available on the Marantz brand page.
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