Marantz UD7006 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Marantz UD7006 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell takes a look at the UD7006 from Marantz, a Blu-ray player that will not only handle 3D movies but also any SACD disc you pop in. But what else does the UD7006 offer? Quite a lot, actually.

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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.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore Blu-ray movie reviews on hometheaterequipment.com.
• Find a 3D HDTV to pair with the UD7006.

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.

Read more about the high points and the low points of the UD7006 on Page 2.

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High Points
• The UD7006 supports 3D playback, as well as SACD and DVD-Audio
• It supports BD-Live (with internal storage) and BonusView/PIP.
• The player uses Anchor Bay’s ABT2015 video processing chip, and it offers a Source Direct mode to output all discs at their native resolution via HDMI.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources, as well as multichannel analog audio outputs.
• You can access Netflix, YouTube, and content stored on a DLNA media server.
• The back panel has RS-232 and IR and remote input/output.

Low Points
• This model does not include dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3D TV and A/V receiver.
• The player doesn’t support wireless connectivity to your home network, and its Web platform is limited.
• The UD7006 doesn’t offer 2D-to-3D conversion or any advanced adjustment options for the 3D image.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Marantz UD7006 with its competition by reading the reviews for the Cambridge Audio Azur 650BDDenon DBP-1611UDOPPO Digital BDP-83SE, and Yamaha BD-A1000. Learn more about Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
Marantz’s UD7006 sports most of the features we like to see in a higher-end Blu-ray player, including 3D capability, SACD/DVD-Audio playback, multichannel analog outputs, RS-232, DLNA streaming, and Netflix video-on-demand. However, for a player that has an MSRP of $999, it’s hard to overlook the fact that it lacks WiFi support and dual HDMI outputs. You can definitely get more for less if you look elsewhere, but Marantz fans will appreciate having a high-end 3D-capable player to mate with their Marantz electronics. It’s worth noting that the step-down UD5005 has a similar features list and costs $400 less; since we didn’t do a hands-on review, we can’t speak to whether or not this player’s higher-grade construction merits the price increase. If possible, we recommend that you compare the two products yourself before choosing this higher-priced model.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore Blu-ray movie reviews on hometheaterequipment.com.
• Find a 3D HDTV to pair with the UD7006.

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