With a history of building some of the best gear in consumer electronics, Marantz America is entering a new product category with the announcement of its new 3D-ready Blu-ray players.
The newly introduced UD5005 and UD7005 will replace the existing BD5004 and BD7004 disc players and they will be available in August and September for $500 and $900, respectively.
Marantz says the players offer universal compatibility with the ability to play CDs, DVDs, DVD-Audio (DVD-A), Super Audio CD (SACDs) and Blu-ray discs.
The network friendly Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) 1.5-certified universal disc players are also labeled “future-ready” by the company because their upgradeability, which is highlighted by its support of 3D Blu-ray disc playback.
Kevin Zarow, vice president of sales and marketing for Marantz America, says the players offer home theater enthusiasts the ability to tie together today’s variety of media through the use of a single component.
“Our new UD7005 and UD5005 Universal Media Players are literally ‘game changers’ in the source component marketplace,” says Zarow.
“Both units are much more than simply advanced Blu-ray players. They are 100 percent future-ready media players that offer today’s discriminating consumers an affordable way to take advantage of all today’s most advanced high-performance content sources. In addition to supporting HDMI 1.4 and 3D capability, they will play virtually any 12-cm digital audio or digital video disc ever created, and provide maximum audio and video enjoyment.”
Technically, the players support the media playback through the use of 24- and 32-bit digital-to-analog (DACs) converters, HDMI 1.4a digital outputs and legacy electronics support with multichannel analog outputs.
In addition to these features, the players also offer Netflix and YouTube streaming, and appealing industrial designs developed in-house by the company.
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