Big thread on them on AVSforum.
Yeah I've been salivating at both pieces. I've just bought a new pre/pro and blu ray player two months ago and already I'm looking to upgrade to the Marantz pieces.
I've been reading the owners manuals of their new blu ray player and of the new denon hi end player. Amazingly their owners manual is almost identical nearly word for word... Do electronics mfgs use the same companies to make their manuals or do you think that the Denon and Marantz models are made by the same manufacturer? Their specs are nearly identical also.
Yes; the Denon and Marantz are basically the same player; like Ford and Mercury putting different lables on the same car...Question: What do you think you gain by spending $2k for BD player? They don't perform CD and regular DVD play as well as other quality non-BD players? How many BD discs do you watch; and are you happy with the catalogue of titles? Why is it worth double what the new Sony 550 will do? Yes; I agree the new HD audio codecs look promising; I'm waiting until after the CEDIA show to see what the big boys are planning to release for the holiday sales freenzy.
I have heard many great things about the new AV 8003 - Mine is still sitting in its box waiting for me to purchase power - I opted not to get the Marantz Power - my speakers are 4 ohm, add to that long speaker wire to the rears and I believe the Marantz would cook - looking for a krell or Theta -
Google AV TALK and check out the review by uncle Eric.
I bought the BD-8002 Blu Ray player. It is outstanding. Great on-screen image for both Blu Ray and upconverted standard def discs.
My prepro doesn't decode the new hi-def codecs, but the Marantz does thru it 7.1 analog outputs. It sounds outstanding.
It is also a great cd player.
An exceptional machine.