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Marantz BD8002

Marantz BD8002Marantz is known for making very high quality components, but also unfortunately these products come at a high price. Marantz’s latest blu-ray player, the Marantz BD8002 will be shown at CES 2008. We can expect a lot from the Marantz BD8002 blu-ray player, and from taking a look at it’s specifications it does not disappoint, it is one of the only players which seems to include all of the features available today.

The Marantz BD8002 includes a secondary audio and video decoder which allows for simultaneous playback of secondary tracks, making it fully keeping in the guidelines of BD-ROM version 1 profile 1.1. It features a 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta video processor for direct pixel by pixel noise reduction and upconversion and IP scaling to 1080p HD. New HD audio format are supported including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and is capable of outputting both 7.1-channel analog signals and PCM audio via HDMI 1.3. DVD, VCDs, SVCDs, MP3s, WMA and DivX video files plus Jpeg images are also supported.

It seems as if the Marantz BD8002 is currently the very best profile 1.1 player so far, but expect to pay just over $2000 for the privilege, when it is released in the second quarter of 2008.