Marantz DV9600 vs. DV7001 performance comparison?
I've been looking for a good non Blu-Ray capable universal player and have been a Marantz customer for years.
I followed the release of the DV9600, and then DV7001, but when new were too pricey. Now a few years after their release, both can be had for similar prices that are what I think are a pretty good deal.
The DV7001(2007) was released after the DV9600(2005/2006), but both at the time were touted as their top of the line universal players from what I recall.
It seems that the specs on both units are similar, but do vary. The DV7001 loses the headphone jack. The DV7001 uses a different Cirrus Logic chipset for the audio. And the video scaling in the DV9600 is by Anchor Bay, where the DV7001 uses the Faroudja DCDi. The only issue I know of here is that the Faroudja does suffer from some macroblocking errors. But I don't know if it in general is an upgrade, or downgrade, from the Anchor Bay.
Unfortunately Marantz doesn't make it clear on a feature by feature comparison to know whether the DV9600 or DV7100 has superior specifications/features.
So, with all that in mind, my question is simple: Has anyone had the opportunity to compare the DV9600 and DV7001 for both audio and video?
If so, I'd be very interested in hearing your observations.