One thousand pounds seems like an awful lot for a Blu-ray player when hugely capable machines such as Sony’s BDP-S790 can be had for just a quarter of that.
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With Blu-rays, the Marantz’s picture is gloriously rich and vivid without overdoing things. With X-Men: First Class it delivers convincing skin tones and digs up a mass of fine detail, even in dark scenes such as where Magneto pursues the submarine.
The Marantz UD7007 keeps a firm hold of motion too, showing more stability than both its predecessor, the Marantz UD7006, and the best of the budget opposition. Its performance with 3D is equally surefooted, as a spin of the very entertaining Avengers Assemble shows.
Start watching DVDs (Star Trek is a good a test as any) and the Marantz displays impressive scaling and surprisingly little picture noise. Colours and contrasts are as convincing as we’ve seen from the format.
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Move on to sound quality and the UD7007 continues to impress. It has a powerful and bold presentation that makes most alternatives sound insubstantial. There’s also lots of sonic detail and a huge sense of scale.
This is a universal machine, and listening to SACD and DVD-A discs makes us just a little sad that these superior formats never really took off.
Many feel the physical disc is old news, and this Marantz can stream our 24Bit/ 192kHz music files with ease. It has wide file compatibility, although the interface and responsiveness of the player is a little tardy.