Marantz UD8004
The new UD8004 universal player promises plenty of trickle-down technology and performance from the £5k flagship player

While it's hardly affordable, the latest addition to the Marantz range of universal players does weigh-in at less than half the price of the high-end sibling, the £5000 UD9004, from which it has learned its trade.

The UD8004 retails at £2300 and plays Blu-ray, CD, SACD and DVD-Audio, and has full HD decoding, Profile 2.0 specification and HDMI 1.3a and 1080p/24fps specification. 

While Blu-ray playback is the focus, Marantz promises 'reference standard' CD playback and improved, upscaled DVD images thanks to the Anchor Bay ABT2015 processor.

The UD8004 boasts a newly developed, proprietary transport, that aims to deliver an ultra-rigid platform to remove all vibration.

Three separate audio circuit boards deal with the sound, with 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs taking care of the all important conversion.

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Elsewhere on the 'M1 chassis' you'll find a pure direct button and an SD card slot for playback of WMA, MP3, AVCHD and JPEG files.

Out now, the Marantz UD8004 costs £2300.  

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