Marantz BD8002
Marantz's BD8002 Blu-ray player is on sale now for £1800

New Blu-ray players are coming thick and fast these days, and the latest to arrive on the scene is this new flagship model from Marantz.

The £1800 Marantz BD8002 can play Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and MP3 and WMA files recorded on a CD or the built-in SD card.

Upscaling to 1080p is handled by a Silicon Optix Realta chip with HQV processing, and the HDMI 1.3a connection supports 24fps video, Deep Colour and all raw high-definition data.

Onboard decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD is provided and high-definition 7.1 PCM soundtracks can be outputted via HDMI as well.

Profile 1.1 onlyHowever, the player is only Profile 1.1, so won't handle BD-Live content, and doesn't play multichannel SACD or DVD-Audio discs. A true 'universal' BD player from Marantz is in the pipeline.

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Connections on the BD8002 include HDMI, composite, S-Video and component for video, and one coaxial digital, one optical digital and multichannel 7.1 analogue outputs for audio.

A 297MHz/12-bit DAC handles digital-to-analogue video conversion, while twin SHARC DSPs decode DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD for outputting 7.1 analogue audio.

The player measures 14x44x40cm (hwd), weighs 10.5kg, and is available in black.