In terms of video connections, the UD5005 offers HDMI, component video and composite video outputs (no S-video). 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, gamma correction, sharpness, hue, chroma level and multiple noise-reduction options.
Audio outputs include HDMI, coaxial digital (no optical) and 2-channel analog. The player lacks multichannel analog audio outputs (which are available on the step-up UD7005). The UD5005 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. A Pure Direct mode shuts down unneeded video circuitry to achieve higher-quality audio. The 2-channel analog output uses 24-bit/192-kHz D/A converters.
As a universal disc player, the UD5005 supports a variety of formats: BD, DVD-Video, SACD, DVD-Audio, CD audio, AVCHD, MPEG, AVI, WMV, WMA, MP3, AAC, JPEG and Divx Plus HD. 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 UD5005 does not offer the RS-232 port that you'll find on the UD7005, but it does have remote control in/out and IR flasher in/out ports.
Competition and Comparison
To compare Marantz's UD5005 Blu-ray player against its competition, read our reviews for Samsung's BD-C7900 Blu-ray player and Denon's DBP-1611UD Blu-ray player. There is also more information available in our Blu-ray Player Section and on our Marantz brand page.
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