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Marantz America, a world leader of advanced home entertainment solutions, will debut two new Universal Media Players at CEDIA 2012, the UD7007 and UD5007. Both Blu-ray players offer true universal compatibility, full Internet connectivity and world-class performance from virtually all of today’s most advanced video and audio formats. They reflect Marantz’s longstanding foundation of audio superiority and engineering expertise, combining impeccable design, total user convenience, and increased connectivity that represent the D+M Group’s guiding philosophy, “Performance is Everything.” The Universal Media Players are scheduled for availability later this year.
For total user flexibility and convenience, when connected to a compatible Marantz® A/V receiver or surround sound processor both players may be controlled with a Smartphone via the newly designed Marantz Remote App. Both units also feature a newly designed on screen graphical user interface for total ease of use and simplicity. The newly designed Marantz remote control in both units includes command functions that let users control fully integrated home theater systems.
The Ultimate in Picture and Sound Quality from All Sources
Both new Marantz Universal Media Players were engineered to deliver the ultimate in picture and sound quality from all sources, with rock-solid chassis designs that visually complement any home entertainment system. Like all Marantz components, they feature a stylish, classic cosmetic that underscores the build quality and fine craftsmanship that has always defined the Marantz brand – making them the ideal complement to fully integrated home entertainment systems. The contoured front panel features both aluminum and reinforced resin for a smooth, distinguished appearance that’s appropriate in any decor. Solid, custom engineered feet further dampen any potential vibration and the disc tray is positioned at the center of the chassis so it remains protected on all sides from external influences. Inside, both units feature Marantz’ fully shielded disc drive mechanism that provides quicker (20%) disc loading and playback compared with earlier models, along with a steel sub-chassis that prevents interference from adjacent circuitry and provides a solid foundation to suppress vibrations. The main chassis also features a dual layer bottom for maximum rigidity.
Connectivity to Popular Internet Content Sources
Both new Marantz Blu-ray players provide consumers with simple and straightforward ways to enjoy all their favorite movies and music. Users can easily stream videos from online services such as Netflix*, VUDU, Hulu, and YouTube, with while always enjoying maximum video and audio quality. Thanks to its dual HDMI outputs, the UD7007 allows users to connect to a 3D TV and non‐3D capable AVR separately. Additionally, both units feature front-panel USB ports along with an HDMI output, an Ethernet port, a left/right analog audio output for multi-zone distribution, and remote control in/out ports.
Superior Quality Playback of Virtually Any Silver Disc…and More!
Both new Marantz Universal Media Players are built with a super quiet fan-less construction for smooth operation, and both accept Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, standard and recordable CDs, DVD-Audio, SACD, as well as DivXHD files in addition to AVCHD (high definition video format for camcorder) contained on discs or solid-state memory devices, and WMA, MP3, and JPEG files from either discs or USB devices. HDMI v1.4 outputs on both models ensure the highest quality video and audio performance, and 3D Blu-ray capability. Notably, the UD7007’s fully balanced HDAM‐SA2 output stage is unmatched for delivering vivid dynamics and transparency – High Quality XLR Output jacks. For optimum audio fidelity, the UD7007 is also equipped with highest resolution 192 kHz/32 bit D/A converters operating in differential mode, and the analog output sections feature multiple Marantz HDAM-SA2 discrete amplifier modules for the widest bandwidth and lowest noise. The UD7007 also features HDMI Source Direct, which outputs video in the native resolution, bypassing internal video upconversion. It also features Picture Adjustments, which are video controls that let you fine tune picture quality for the best viewing experience.
Noted Yoshinori Yamada, Product Planning Manager for D+M, “Our new UD7007 and UD5007 Universal Media Players were created with two priorities in mind. First we wanted to create the ultimate in both audio and video performance and secondly we wished to offer the ultimate in connectivity to all of today’s popular sources. These future-ready players are the ideal choice for the discerning consumer who wants to bring nothing but the very best and most advanced media player into their home, and have it perform seamlessly in the most sophisticated integrated home entertainment system.”
* Netflix and other services may require a subscription or other membership
Source: Press Release