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Universal Players don't do everything great. The Denon DVD-2900 is about as reference in PQ in this price range however the SACD is abit of a disappointment, taking nothing from the 2900, CD Redbook playback is good. DVD Audio seems to be very good. I guess that's why there are so many mods for this unit, such as Exemplar and many others. However the Marantz players are better on audio and a disappointment in DVD PQ (I can not say that about the 9500, I picked the 2900 over the 8300 over this). Geesh think of what you'd get if the same company shared there different sections. I think that Denon and Marantz are probally the Batman and Robin with strengths in different areas. If you're needs are more Video, then by all means the 2900 is a ferrari, no layer changes and very fast menu navigation. If you are used to Faroudja then DVDO may be a bit soft but after a month of viewing it will be great. If you needs are more Audio and you don't mind the CUE or can't spot it get the Marantz model. Winner both ways.